This Victorian style gazebo sits in Wascana Park, but was moved from its original location of Victoria Park in downtown Regina. It’s been here as long as I can remember, so the actual relocation must have been early in the creation of Wascana Park and Wascana Lake. This man-made lake was formed in 1883 by damming Wascana Creek, and the resulting lake became a stock watering hole. When it began to be a recreational spot for the residents of Regina, it was drained and deepened as part of a relief program that employed over 2,000 men during the Great Depression. They used only horse drawn wagons and hand tools to dig and dredge.
When one takes the walk encircling the lake, you pass the bandstand. One day you might see a wedding taking place, or a band composed of bagpipes playing. On yet another day, a rock band might be entertaining an audience seated on the grassy slopes. It’s one of the city’s photographers’ favourite spots, and it’s been the locale for many family photos over its long history.
While visiting a neighbouring town, I spied a display of whirligigs and spinners outside a shop as I explored the quaint downtown area. I stopped to admire the bright colours of this peacock, though it doesn’t hold a candle to its real-life counterparts.
Walking further, I came to a park. There is a man-made stream running through, and a pond, with an assortment of ducks and geese making themselves at home. They can’t really be classified as wild, as they seem quite unruffled by the presence of the people nearby. This particular pond used to be home to some beautiful swans. Unfortunately on this day, they were nowhere to be found. I’ll post more interesting bits about this park in a future post.
My walks often take me through this park in our neighbourhood. It’s interesting to observe the changes that take place with the seasons, and the behaviours of various wildlife, including squirrels, rabbits, and numerous types of birds. It’s amazing to me that these creatures can live and thrive within the city, but nature has proven it’s incredible adaptability in diverse locations. For now the squirrels are curled up in their well stocked winter homes, and many of the birds have flown south. I look forward to see what park sights in the new season make me smile.
This sign didn’t just make me smile, it actually made me snicker a little. The park is a huge open space, but the sign’s small print at the bottom says it is closed from 11:00 PM to 6:00 AM. How could the city possibly enforce that? I also found the rule regarding golfing quite amusing.
Fellow blogger, Edmark M. Law, at “Learn Fun Facts” found some funny warnings and instructions here.