Monday, August 12, 2013

The smallest park

Temple Park

A corner of grass and a few trees. That's all you need to make a park. Add a slide, a few swings, and a couple of benches from which to watch the kids play, and you have the perfect afternoon resting spot.

Temple Park is another of those Downey parks that are buried out of sight. Even though it's been around since 1968, I didn't even know it existed until this week. At .5 acres (or the equivalent of the two houses that it displaced), it is the smallest of Downey's parks.

Temple Park plaqueSeveral of the parks I've visited have a plaque commemorating the opening of the park. These plaques have served as a kind of time capsule of our city government. In this one, you'll see that, in 1968, Thomas H. Morton was mayor and Scott E. Temple was mayor pro-tem. I couldn't find any information on the naming of the park, but I think it's a good bet that the park was a pet project of Mr. Temple and was therefore named in his honor.

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