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Step Away Into The Land Of Oz

Date : June 28, 2010

Wicked WitchLooking to add some magic and wonder into your life?  Visit Oz Park.  Located in Lincoln Park, home of L. Frank Baum, the author of the children’s book, The Wonderful World of Oz, in the 1890s, Oz Park has long been a gathering place for fans.  The park was officially named in 1976 and is open from 6a.m. to 11p.m. daily.

Housing the Emerald City Gardens, filled with flowers and maintained by volunteers and Dorothy’s Play Lot, a recently renovated playground featuring swings and children’s climbing equipment, as well as numerous character statues, a day in Oz Park has something for everyone.  The artist behind the creation of The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion, The Scarecrow, and Dorothy & Toto was John Kearney, a famous local artist and sculptor.  All statues were made from bronze, except The Tin Man who was made from old automobile parts, a medium Kearney often used.

Oz Park is known for It’s Pumpkin Patch and Movies In The Park, as well as being used for festivals and children’s camps.  It also has one walking trail, basketball and tennis courts, and the large Melamerson Athletic Field. Take the family or go by yourself and enjoy journeying into Oz.

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