Apr 23, 2024 - Things to Do

📸 S.A. snapshots: Serenity in the city

A view of a park, framed by a lush, green ivy.

The view of the park from the entrance. Photo: Madalyn Mendoza/Axios

👋 Madalyn again, now with a place to escape the noise — Chris Park. It's one of my favorite places to share with friends and visitors.

State of play: I snapped this photo during a recent Sunday visit when the weather was too pretty to be stuck at home.

  • The park is picturesque throughout, but I love how the ivy frames the entrance in this photo.

Flashback: The park opened in 2005 to honor Chris Goldsbury, the son of the late prolific artist Linda Pace.

  • Goldsbury died of a drug overdose when he was 25.
  • Teresita Fernández designed visual experiences throughout the green space that reflect Goldsbury's life, including writing benches inscribed with his journal reflections.

The vibe: Exotic plants like Hong Kong orchids, bamboo and agave accentuate the art and turn a plot of urban area between Southtown and downtown into a garden oasis.

  • Plush St. Augustine grass carpets a slope known as "Tumble Hill" for kids to roll down.

If you go: Keep in mind that the park is intended to be a contemplative atmosphere.

  • It's open Tuesday through Sunday, 10am-6pm.

The bottom line: The art garden is a nice, third place to enjoy while we take advantage of pleasant spring weather before the onset of tortuous summer temperatures.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that Chris Park is open Tuesday through Sunday (not Thursday through Sunday).

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