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The Labyrinth at LEAF

One of Erie's loveliest natural settings is the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park, also known by it's acronym, LEAF. In a quiet meadow within LEAF is a beautiful labyrinth constructed of custom cast white concrete pavers and soft green grass. This outdoor labyrinth was a gift to the community from the Carrie T Watson Garden Club, oldest garden club in the Erie area, to commemorate its 80th anniversary in 2005. Long recognized as an organization dedicated to beautifying the Erie landscape, the club collaborated with the city of Erie and LEAF to accomplish the task.

The labyrinth was chosen for its beauty of form, its longevity, and its meditative and restorative benefits. Labyrinth walking has shown to be effective in relieving stress, lowering blood pressure, and reducing anxiety. Peace of mind found walking the path in the fresh air and sunshine, smellling the grass, hearing bird song, all contribute to an ability to react to life with greater calm, compassion, and creativity.

Since its creation, the labyrinth has been in constant use. Church groups, garden clubs, elementary and high school students, university students, fine arts majors, and individuals from all walks of life have discovered the joys of walking the labyrinth in the beautiful setting of LEAF.



labyrinth facts


•The labyrinth measures 60 feet in diameter and has nine circuits, 2 circuits smaller than the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France.

•There are 660 pre-cast concrete pavers in the path, each measuring 18"x18", laid flush with the surrounding meadow grass.

•The labyrinth cost over $26,000 to build. A $15,000 endowment will provide for it’s upkeep.

walk the labyrinth


“When life becomes a maze, walk the labyrinth.” unknown

When walking the labyrinth, pause and wait at the entrance. Become quiet and centered, then begin to walk at whatever pace is comfortable for you. Pass or be passed by others walking the labyrinth by briefly stepping off, then returning to your chosen path. Enjoy the peace and reflection within.


about leaf


Located at the west end of the Bayfront Parkway, the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park is home to over 225 different varieties of trees. Explore it’s multi-use trails, walk the labyrinth, sit in the virtual tree gazebo, stroll amidst shade, flowering, and evergreen trees, and enjoy the ever-changing views over this urban stream valley. LEAF is free to all visitors. Check out their website at: leaferie.org.


Summer Happenings at the Labyrinth

Carrie T. Watson Garden Club has been holding events and illuminating the Labyrinth at Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park every year since its creation. The latest celebration in the schedule is the Labyrinth Summer Soltice to be held on June 21st. All events Free to the Public.

Children's Program: Runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and will include crafts, music, refreshments, activites, and games.

Adult Program: Begins at 7:30 p.m., with Yoga, Music, and much more, ending when Dark with the traditional Labyrinth Illumination and Walk.

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