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10 January 2012 @ 09:53 pm
Wheat Road Park  
Well todays post has a bit of a story behind it. I went to the park to take some pictures, but I ended up meeting someone who told me a little of the backstory of the park. I got some much needed exercise by biking to the park and got to practice photography by pointing and clicking. So all in all today was quite the productive day.








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So first off here is the bike I used to get to the park. I bought it at devil-mart (wal-mart) because I'm poor for like 90 bucks. Its one speed and I feel every inch of inclination in the road! Talk about toning those thighs, lol



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Here is the park sign that denotes this park is recognised as an official park by the city of jacksonville.


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Here we have a lone dusty road leading to 2 of the 3 baseball parks here. Its here that I first started to see the decay that the park had underwent.


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Here is a children's playground that used to be populated by children, but has now been over-run by troubled children.


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I love signs... literally the only reason this is in there...


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It was at this time that I started to discover a bit more about this parks history. Apparently this woman Mrs.Amy Sheppard helped to improve this park. She donated money for the bleachers and helped to get the park in the condition it was in. And then she died in 93'... apparently they constructed a flag pole to honor her. There used to be a flag pole attached to this structure. And the pole was just another thing that has been destroyed by time and delinquents.



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This gentleman's name is Lee Sheppard. It was he who gave me a bit of knowledge of the backstory of this park. His aunt was Amy... he says he comes here everyday to talk to her. I imagine she must have been influential to him.


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Here is a picture of some of the aforementioned bleachers.


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BATTER UP! *is nervous*



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This dugout is property of the crips apparently... not sure why they would want it tho...



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What better way to illustrate a forgotten park then an old, decaying baseball husk? The Things this husk must has witnessed since being forgotten must be substantial.


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SIGN!!!!