In 1885 "a large sandpile was placed in the yards of the Children’s Mission on Parmenter Street in Boston through the efforts of the Massachusetts Emergency and Hygiene Association. Here an average of fifteen connected with the chapel came three days a week though July and August to dig in the sand, sing songs and do their drills under the guidance of the matron provided." That sand pile and directed activities was the beginning of the recreation movement in the US. Within f
I'm fairly certain that Elsie is not a woman who's name most people in Spokane know. But in and around the Beaverton area her name shows up on community centers and in many things park-related. I knew Elsie when she was retired, but even then she was a force to be reckoned with. She lived next door to my grandparents, and many times I was told the stories of the changes she initiated in the community - chief being the creation of the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District.