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Goats delight Creston-Kenilworth neighbors, gamboling at Tucker Maxon School, off Holgate Blvd

RITA A. LEONARD - Two Nigerian dwarf goats munch hay near their barn on the east side of Tucker Maxon School. The mural on the barn was painted by Woodstock artist Dylan Miller. The unique "Goat Park" behind Tucker Maxon School on S.E. Holgate Boulevard in the Reed neighborhood is a fun place to explore. Although the school and its playground are closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, anyone can still visit the Goat Park at 4620 S.E. 28th Place, just south of Holgate, to relax on one of the four red metal benches, and to watch the frolics of the four Nigerian dwarf goats that live in a barn there.

The project was conceived last year under a Growing Grant involving six organizations, with the design provided by Landscape architect Jane S. Alexander. This neglected side street on the east side of the Tucker Maxon School, which has long been difficult for cars to get through, was officially closed and converted to a dedicated bike and pedestrian pathway. A "Little Free Library" and trash receptacles are located nearby.

Staff of Dennis' 7 Dees Nursery donated much of the labor to create the Goat Park, and visitors have been enjoying the new touches of nature there – including two raised planter boxes filled with native plants, a crushed oyster shell bocce court, and a small retaining wall next to the goat pen.

Painted concrete bollards at both ends of the Goat Park were decorated with bright images by Woodstock artist Dylan Miller, who also painted a mural on the west side of the goat barn. "The plan is ultimately to paint the three other sides of the goat barn, too," assures Miller.

Visitors had been hoping for a sign suggesting what they could feed the goats through the fence – but the staff at Tucker Maxon are requesting that people NOT feed them, since they already have their proper diet provided for them.


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