A Little Gem on the River

marylou benjaminson parkWe were invited to the new home of friends who recently moved to the St. James area of the city. The only bus I could take arrived a good forty minutes before our dinner date time.  Walking  towards our friends’ home from the bus stop I came upon a lovely little park I didn’t even know existed.  benjaminson parkAs I wandered into Benjaminson Park I came upon a sign that explained the park had been named after Skuli Benjaminson (1879-1970) a pioneer who had owned one of the first homes in the area.  He helped chop down trees so Portage Avenue could be built and was instrumental in bringing power lines into the area. memorial stone benjaminson parkHe was the only owner of a car and telephone in the neighborhood’s early days and he generously provided communication and transportation services to his neighbors. 

bench benjaminson parkBenjaminson Park is lovely.  There’s a bench under a tree which is the perfect place to read. down by the riverYou have a lovely view of the river. purple flowersI sat reading my book for a good half hour enjoying the beautiful purple flowers around me, the birds swooping down to the river and the leafy greenery.  I was almost sorry to leave but a fabulous meal with great friends awaited me.

river view benjaminson parkWinnipeg is full of little parks like the Benjaminson.  It would be neat someday to do a pilgrimage and try to visit them all. 

Other posts…….

The Grand Canyon For Free

Exploring Gros Morne National Park

Walking in A Haunted Forest

 

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