April 21, 2007, Earth Day, was the ground breaking day for the Parkrose Community Peace Labyrinth. However, the actual seed of the idea was nurtured and developed through Parkrose High School groundskeeper Sharon DeWitt over a year earlier. She viewed the empty field and saw a vision. "I wanted to create a place like this where people from the school and neighborhood could get away from the pressures and busy pace they face every day," she said. Teaming with AmeriCorps volunteer Joanne Oleskiak, the two worked to join Parkrose school administration, students, businesses, neighbors and community associations to begin this project.
The term labyrinth is often confused with maze, but there is a difference. A labyrinth has only a single path to the center and back and is not designed as a puzzle or to be difficult to navigate. Labyrinths can be used today to help achieve a meditative state.
The work continues! You are invited to join the high school students and volunteers. Dig dirt or paint a rock. Or just walk the labyrinth in the cool evening. Here is a flyer for the current work parties.
The labyrinth is located at the corner of NE Shaver and NE 115th, on the Parkrose High School grounds. You can enter via the opening in the gate at the street corner.
Photos from the April 21st Earth Day groundbreaking
Photos from the June 21st Summer Solstice workday
Photos from the July 28th work party
Photos from the September 15th work party
Photos from the September 29th work party
Photos from the October 13th work party
Photos from the October 27th work party
Photos from the December 1st work party
Photos from the December 15th work party