Passionate neighbors of Folker Park have been putting their heads and hearts together with a vision to transform a raw wooded park into an intergenerational health and healing park.
The community vision, brought forth through an advisory committee and community process in 2017, was to maintain the park’s best characteristics (beautiful old growth trees that attract birds and their song) and to draw more users to the park with safer, better features addressing the work of the U-Med District. The park imagined is a place for neighboring healthcare employees to walk or run on their lunch breaks, local families to explore nature and play, and senior residents of Providence Horizon House to enjoy outdoor activities and picnics with their loved ones.
Walk into this park via the Welcome Plaza and immediately you’ll enjoy the sun filtering through old growth trees. From this plaza surrounded with benches, art, and flowers, you can access Folker Park’s entwined ADA accessible pathways, a longer fitness path and a reflective-paced healing path, both wide enough to accommodate two wheelchairs. Meander to enjoy each of the distinct areas of this park created to align bodies, hearts, and minds for all ages and abilities.