WriteOut Pocket Park

Claytown Kids Park, Snohomish, WA a pocket park
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Pocket Park

Just a pocket of play
an empty lot now a way
for families to stay around
with picnic and playground—
just down the street
even grandparents will meet
new grandchildren so sweet
with birthdays and treats
at a lot once a mess
now a park of happiness.

Sheri Edwards
10.18.23 291.365.23
Claytown Kids park
Snohomish, WA
August, 2023

The Story

This photo is from August, 2023 when our blended family and many friends gathered at this little pocket park to celebrate this four-year-old’s birthday. He’s our great-grandson, and although we knew him, this celebration brought our newest great-granddaughters together at about a month old to meet great aunts and uncles and great-grandparents. It was a fabulous way to meet and greet and laugh and hold the precious little ones with stories about their parents in a little neighborhood park that was once just an empty lot. Joy is the result of city planners making neighborhoods a community in unity for families and friends.

The Prompt


Today’s WriteOut* includes this Daily Create prompt to write about an urban pocket park.

“Pocket Parks” is an informal term used to describe small green spaces located inside large urban areas. Pocket Parks are like small refuges from the concrete and towering buildings. For today’s prompt, create something that celebrates these little spaces of quiet in cities. It could be a poem, or some prose, or maybe a pamphlet or piece of art.

 Daily Create prompt 


This post is part of the October WRITEOUT adventure, October 8 through the 22nd, partnership of the National Writing Project and the National Park Service — a choice to enjoy the outdoors with poetry, prose, and parks for Write Out 2023. Organized as a public invitation to get out and create, supported by a series of free online activities, Write Out invites educators, students, and families to explore national parks and other public spaces. The goal is to connect and learn through place-based writing and sharing.  Check out this infographic for the flow of the two weeks.

Learn more and sign up: https://writeout.nwp.org

This is my sixth year with WriteOut with all my WriteOut posts here.

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