Thursday, June 28, 2007

Grant Park, Mission Hills

This beautiful park, small, but with a path through rolling hills, nice shade trees, & a playground, is located in a wealthier part of town called Mission Hills. Mission Hills is also one of the oldest parts of San Diego, getting it's name from the mission located at the northern edge of this neighborhood (used to be Mission de San Diego de Alcala before Alcala was moved further inland).

Years ago, this park was actually a cemetary. At some time, they removed all but a small portion of the headstones (left at a corner of the park). The memorial that was put up for the people that are buried here dates the inhabitants mostly from the 1800's, with a few from the early 1900's (in San Diego, that's ooooold!). Sounds like it could be creepy, and believe me, when I was a kid I thought it was! But it's really an increadibly peaceful, happy place.

Click here for a photo of one of the older trees in the park.

6 Comments:

Blogger Felicia said...

Oooh spooky! Headstones are interesting, they are kinda like our last words.

Thu Jun 28, 05:30:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Kate said...

The profusion of brilliant pink adds much to the photo!

Thu Jun 28, 06:50:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous gayle said...

Love the intertwined tree roots on the second photo. Very sensuous. Looks like one newer trunk pushed up the roots of an older one.

Fri Jun 29, 01:09:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Brent McD. said...

never heard of this park -- where is it?

Fri Jun 29, 09:47:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Alexandra said...

Here's where it's located: If you were to drive down Washington, and just where it starts to go down the hill towards the 5 - stay to the right (don't go down the hill - go into Mission Hills neighborhood instead). It's next door to Grant Elementary, a block south-ish of Mission Hills Nursery.

Def. worth checking out sometime! (but really, it is quite small, so don't expect to be thunderstuck!)

Mon Jul 02, 10:42:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Anne said...

I drive by Mission Hills Nursery almost daily and never knew this park was so closeby (my daughter's summer teaching at Francis Parker in the same area). I am going to check it out. Thanks for the heads up.

Tue Jul 03, 09:33:00 PM PDT  

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