Thursday, August 16, 2012

An Oasis in the City: Keystone Heritage Park

One of the most surprising places in El Paso is Keystone Heritage Park, a quiet place to enjoy nature, right in the midst of the city.  From their website:

"Keystone Heritage Park is an archeological site, an archaic wetlands and a botanical garden.

The Archeological Site was first discovered in the late 1970s by the Corps of Engineers during the construction of flood control dams. Runoff from a thunderstorm washed away the bank of a shallow arroyo revealing a cut-away of an ancient pitch house. Preliminary research revealed the hut was part of a larger village. Carbon dating indicated the site was 4000+ years old. According to National Geographic Magazine, it may be one of the largest and oldest villages of its kind in the United States.

Keystone Wetlands is home to many species of birds and is a stop on a migratory route for even more. Over 193 species of birds have been spotted there, including 22 species considered rare by the Audubon Society. These archaic wetlands, protected by Federal Law, depict the wetlands that once lined the Rio Grande.
The Botanical Garden at Keystone is a project adopted by the Junior League of El Paso in the year 2000. In 2003, the Rotary Club of El Paso committed to building Phase Two of the garden. The Garden encompasses features such as a Xeric demonstration garden, a children’s garden, an amphitheater, a moonlight garden, an ethno-botanical garden and more."

1 comment:

Timeless said...

Wow I'd really love to see that Botanical Garden. I am constantly visiting various Botnaical Gardens where ever I go and recently have done several articles on the one here in Göteborg sweden which has a theme this year Ökenliv (Desert Life 2012) It celebrates all manner of life in deserts around the world. The one you have there defintely is a plus in my book as I'm a desert rat at heart.

The photo of the Oasis is wonderful. Maybe you can take us on a Tour of Christmas Mountain Oasis near you. Supposed to be somewhere near Alpine.