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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.

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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.

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Summer Happenings at the Labyrinth

Carrie T. Watson Garden Club has been illuminating the labyrinth at Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park on the 21st of each month throughout the summer. The theme for May 21st was Remembrance. June 21st celebrated the Summer Soltice, with events throughout the day. The Labyrinth will be illuminated for walking at dusk on each remaining event. Coming up:

July 21: Peace and Unity at 8 p.m. with the Benedictine Sisters

August 21: New Life and Direction at 7:30 p.m.

September 21: Gratitude and Thanksgiving at 6 p.m.