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Wildwood Gardens

Our Recreation Department Walking on Wednesdays walking group made August a bit of a Piedmont history month.

After visits earlier in the month to the streets that comprised the entrances and sites of the 1890's Blair Park and later Piedmont Park, we walked to and toured the Wildwood Gardens neighborhood yesterday. the Piedmont Historical Society had informed us that Wildwood

Gardens was the gardens of "Wildwood," the estate of early Piedmont developer Frank C. Havens. We stopped and posed for the attached group photo at 101 Wildwood Gardens, originally the Havens' house. It is one of only three houses in Piedmont designed by Bernard Maybeck. We also enjoyed the lovely and unique homes that comprise the neighborhood. After walking the entire Wildwood Gardens loop and street, we emerged on Crocker Avenue and walked back our Exedra starting point.

We do not have a firm destination for next week's walk, but with the goal of eventually walking every street in Piedmont, we may walk the Pala, Monte, Mesa streets. It was also suggested that the following week we might talk a longer walk to streets beyond Hampton Field. We can firm up those plans next week.

I would also note I told our group yesterday that the Recreation Department is open to sponsoring a book club targeted to our adult demographic. Priscilla W has experience with book clubs and an interest in working with me to create one. Thank you, Priscilla! If others of you would like to participate in the planning of this book club, or participating in it, please let me know.


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