Chautauqua Park, located in south Lakeside on the corner of Poplar Avenue and Sixth Street, seamlessly weave together the four pillars of Chautauqua – religion, education, cultural arts and recreation. The sacred space is dedicated to celebrating the circle of life.
Lakeside Chautauqua Expands Footprint
Lakeside Chautauqua has owned a major wooden parcel of land along Harsh Road for many decades. Lakeside later acquired nearly seven additional acres adjoining this wooded area with a goal of preserving and expanding green space, while making it accessible to guests and residents throughout the year. The Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors voted unanimously to develop these collective parcels as Chautauqua Park, Lakeside’s fourth major park.
The full development of this park is a multiple-phase commitment. The first official phase, which was completed in 2013, includes a living memorial garden that serves as final resting place for the cremated remains of loved ones. This formal rectangular garden, known as the Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park, is open to guests year-round.
In addition to the memorial garden, the scenic nature/walking trail that borders the Lakeside Chautauqua grounds has been expanded. Approximately one mile has been added to the current one-mile nature/walking trail, weaving through the serene grounds of Chautauqua Park. The expanded trail links Chautauqua Park to the Lakeside community, providing a reconnection to nature and a safe path for walkers, runners, photographers, bird watchers, families, artists and explorers of all ages to discover the wooded space and memorial garden.
The Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park
Chautauqua Park, located at South Poplar Avenue, was dedicated to celebrate the circle of life. A portion of this land is used for The Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park, which opened June 2013. The Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park serves as a place where the living can reflect and connect spiritually, loved ones can be remembered, special occasions can be celebrated and the beauty of nature can be embraced.
Within the memorial garden, the cremated remains of loved ones are placed in the ground, within a biodegradable container, to become part of the soil, giving life to the garden’s many perennial plants and trees. A beautifully inscribed memorial book lists the names of those buried in the garden. Markers are not used in the formal memorial garden area.
In upcoming phases, an entry pavilion will be constructed for services and celebrations. Three ponds – the upper pond, garden pond and lower pond – will be cut and connected by a small creek. Beautiful art sculptures will be placed throughout the garden. Nature trails will connect the 10 acres of wooded land so guests can experience the entire park.
This harmony between landscape design, architecture and art will provide an inspiring place for meditation, prayer and worship throughout all seasons.