Doors at Smiley Park

The area where Smiley Park is located today was a regular city park with islands of many perennial bushes, colorful seasonal flowers, trees and odoriferous eucalyptus. Before Smiley Park, I used to start my daily walk there enjoying the scent of eucalyptus and then went on to my walk of 4-5 miles around the rest of the park.
I was sad the day I saw the bulldozers tearing down trees and vegetation. As often happens here in California, city officials tear down things, parks, old buildings, statues and anything they deem not useful anymore to build in place new offices and parking garage buildings.

House for birds
House for chickens

Instead, I was happily surprised to learn the city was building a colorful and playful animal park for kids. It took them a few years to build it, painting all the houses and making a joyful place for kids to play with the animals. Then Covid hit and was closed for two years. It was sad to see the animals alone, only the caretakers visited them and I had no more eucalyptus to smell.

House for pigs
House for doves

This past weekend finally Smiley Park reopened. The world is alive again, the voices and laughter of the kids filled my heart. The sun was shining on the colored houses and cobblestones, the animals seemed happier, at least that was my perception.

Grain Barn

In the fantasy world of kids, what is the reason to include the reality of adults? Here the park has included punishment institutions and public restraining officials. I would have done without them.

Sheriff and jail

Then, there is Hollywood with the goats as performing actors (somehow it fits the bill) and the iconic Golden Gate. The “animals” living here need to experience crossing the bridge at least once.

Hollywood Hill
Golden Gate

In my fantasy, I was expecting to see in this gazebo a gentile type of animals, maybe some pink flamingoes….

The kids volunteering in the maintenance of Smiley Park painted these homes, cobblestones, fences and directional signs. The park looks cheerful, exactly what’s needed after two years of so-called “pandemic”.

Rabbit Fence

Thursday Door Challenge organized by Dan Antion has become a pleasant appointment. Visit the group and learn about people through their doors. Dan published the first book of his “Dreamer’s Alliance” series. Ciao.
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Valentina Cirasola is an interior-fashion consultant, author of 6 published books, a storyteller, and a blogger of many years. Her books are non-fictional practical ideas to apply in the home, fashion, cooking and travel.
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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. robertawrites235681907
    Jul 18, 2022 @ 17:51:00

    HI Valentina, this looks like a wonderful place for children to interact with animals. Such an important thing as so many children are very removed from nature nowadays.

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  2. Teagan Riordain Geneviene
    Jul 17, 2022 @ 22:16:32

    I’m so glad there was a happy ending to this, Valentina. Thanks for the tour. Hugs.

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  3. Dan Antion
    Jul 16, 2022 @ 21:50:38

    I love these doors. They open to the residences of some very special inhabitants. Colorful and fun. Thanks for sharing them with us.

    Liked by 1 person

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