Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Housewife's Colorado Vacation- Part 3

As I mentioned before, I hadn't been back to Columbine since a few weeks after the massacre.

Clement Park is sprawled over a large area, including a lake, multiple playgrounds, and lots of open trails for walking or biking. Columbine High School (home of the Rebels) is right next to the park, and the school's "Rebel Hill" stands as the marker for the memorial. Isn't it a beautiful park?

Here's what Rebel Hill looks like from afar. It's hard to miss! The trees to the left of the hill is where the memorial stands.

When you get to the actual memorial, there is an infinity fountain and a crossed ribbon etched into the cobble stone sidewalk. The memorial itself is a circle that you can walk into, and it has the names of each victim on it. Under each name is a personal note from their family about the victim. There is a larger wall surrounding the names with quotes from the students who experienced the day with the victims.

Rebel Hill stands over the memorial, and it's a short hike to the top. It's taller than it looks!

And at the top, you get an amazing view of the memorial....

...a view of Columbine High School.....

...and of the rest of Clement Park and its lake.

Although the Columbine massacre happened almost ten years ago, I don't think anyone who lived there, and saw what the entire city went through, will forget that day anytime soon.
It was comforting to me to see how beautiful the park and scenery are. Even though it's a dark day, it's a part of Denver's history, and I wanted to share it with all of you.
If you want to visit the memorial for yourself, you can get directions to Clement Park HERE.


Nicole said...

Nice post. We are going to that park today! It is going to be almost 80 degrees today!!! Those are really good pics of the park, they show it so well, almost like being there! Love ya.

Anonymous said...

Wow, has it been 10 years? Doesn't seem like that long ago. My uncle lived in Columbine during that time. It's a beautiful park, but sad too.

Merrie said...

Thank you for sharing that. I've never seen it before and appreciate your experience. I still can't believe it's been 10 years -- wow.

Katie said...

I will never forget that day. Do you remember that day we sat on my bed and watched the whole thing unfold on TV in our old townhouse? That was one of the most unforgettable days of my life! I am glad you blogged about it, and other people can see what a beautiful place it has turned into. Thanks for a great post! :)

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