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Black Elk Neihardt Park

The Interpretive Garden at the base of the Tower of the Four Winds features a bronze plaque mounted on a 7000-pound boulder that explains the symbolism in the Tower mosaic. Four signs explain the symbolism of the mosaics of the four quarters of the world located along the paved hoop trail that represents Black Elk's “hoop of the world.”

The garden includes native grasses and plants.

Interpretive Garden
 
Interpretive Garden

Part of the funding for this garden, which was dedicated in October 2007, was provided by individuals who sponsored the engraving and laying of paving bricks from old Blair streets. The bricks form several concentric circles around the boulder and also line some of the sidewalks leading to the Tower. Many bricks are engraved in memory of, or in honor of, a special person or in commemoration of a special event, while others are engraved with names selected by the sponsors.

In addition to this “Buy a Brick” project, funding was provided by several Blair businesses and organizations.
Black Elk Neihardt Park
In the spring of 2009 an overview map of the park will be installed at the new Overview Plaza that is adjacent to the Interpretive Garden. The plaza, which has two benches, was created in the summer of 2008. Boy Scout Dylan Dunham of Blair built the retaining wall and planted shrubs and native grasses as an Eagle Scout project. Overview Plaza
Black Elk Neihardt Park - Blair, Nebraska
Black Elk Neihardt Park  
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