loved playing outside in nature, visiting playgrounds and
We often visited the North Attleboro Zoo at World War I Memorial
Park. It is the perfect community park – it has a quiet
that has lots of rocks to climb on and many trees to hide behind and
sit under. There are many quaint picnic spots and multiple little zoo
animal friends to visit and to feed apples and
when we had made the decision to build a memorial garden and park for
Julia, the World War I Memorial Park was the perfect and most natural
We approached the Town of North Attleboro and
permission to donate and build a garden and a playground there at the
Park. The town officials were so very supportive.
several meetings with the Town during the early part of 2005, we
received our approval to build on the site next to the Zoo.
hired Icon Parks Design to design a garden that reflected the joy that
was Julia. John Ryther, the owner and designer of Icon Parks
Design, spent a great deal of time talking with us in our home, getting
a feel for Julia’s personality and the dreams we had for her garden. He
designed a beautiful butterfly garden that contained many playful
features of Julia’s childhood.
The Garden project was planned to
occur in three phases. Phase One was the playground. With the
help of many family and friends, we built the playground during a
community build project that lasted two days. What fun! Phase
was the area known as “Julia’s Garden”. This includes the
archway, wishing well, fire tower slide, butterfly fountain, butterfly
benches and perennial flower plantings. The flower garden includes
three categories of flowers: butterfly attracting plants, a touchable
sensory garden and a fragrant plant section. This area was recently
expanded with the addition of a waterfall, two bridges, a cattail play
area and a statue of a unicorn. We commissioned the creation of our
unicorn from Chris Williams, an artist from Essex,
Unicorns are known in folklore to represent purity, innocence and magic.
broke ground for Julia's Garden during August of 2005.
Garden is a continual work in progress. We have plans to connect the
playground area with the garden area. This section will include picnic
areas with a “maze of discovery”! Many people from several
visit the World War I Park in North Attleboro. It makes our heart soar
when we see families playing and laughing together in Julia’s Garden.
Her love of gardening and flowers is now shared with people of all ages
and abilities. Julia and her brother Nick have each spent times in a
wheelchair, so it is very important to us that the park remain handicap
accessible. Even the touchable garden section is raised so
in a wheelchair can reach out and touch the softness of the plants.
brought great love to our family and she inspired us in so many ways.
Thank you for lettings us celebrate Julia with our community.