Columbia Parks and Recreation
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs
Hours: 6 am to 11 pm
1 - Terraced garden area of ornamental trees
Completed in 2014, the Children's Grove is located in the northeast area of Stephens Lake Park across from Hindman Discovery Garden. The grove includes five drystack stone walls, 41 trees and informational signage to explain the unique purpose of the Children's Grove - "A symbol of love, hope, and commitment to support the safety and nurturing of our youth." The space between the ground and lower portion of the tree canopy will average between 3 to 5 feet in height which will create a forest-like feel for children.
The 41 trees planted in the grove include seven varieties of magnolia in shades of lemon and pink; seven varieties of crabapples in shades of white, purple, and pink; six varieties of lilacs in shades of lavender, purple pink and magenta. Additional plants include daffodils and lilies.
The grove is intended to create a place of peacefulness, joyful play and wonderment for children and adults alike. Trees will eventually grow together and create an overhanging archway of trees in an area designed for exploration and enjoyment.
See the Children's Grove History for the Committee's role in the development of the Children's Grove.