When the publisher of Discover- ing My City Magazine approached me and Executive Director, Nicole Roberts, about contributing to their new geo- targeted publication, we were instantly taken with the idea. The concept of a news outlet so specific to this area sounded not only like a prime place to tell people about Mt. Helix Park, but a great way for the 20,000 readers to keep their fingers on the pulse of a growing down- town scene, a rich community history and a unique East County culture that seems to be evolving, especially of late.
We at Mt. Helix Park definitely consider ourselves a corner- stone in the area’s history and an integral part of the arts, music and cultural experience, and I am continually surprised at the number of visitors who grew up in the area, but had never visited before. When they realize that there is a treasure buried within these woodsy neighborhoods that they have driven near, but never discov- ered, the feeling is typically, disbelief. But the secret is seeping out via social media as more and more visitors are brought in while on vacation,
or drawn in by one of the pro- grams or events held at the Park. If you have never driven up Helix Drive, alongside the historic rock wall that winds to the top, flanked by the rustic tree-lined landscape, then consider yourself invited.
A private, non-profit Park, open free of charge to the public, it is one of this community’s great assets. Supported by donations from the public, it is a quiet respite, a peaceful bubble, overlooking a bustling city. Built as a memorial by the Yawkey children to their mother, the Park is home to the locally famous 35-foot cross that tops the mountain.
Built using a model T and a hoist bucket, I have always thought the construction of this local treasure is symbolic of the determination, hard work and family values that have forged this entire community. Since being awarded as Park Trustee in 1999, the Mt. Helix Park Foundation’s board of directors has governed the Park with the help of three part-time staffers and hundreds of volunteers who maintain the grounds and raise the funds to keep the gates open year-round.
Each Easter since the Park’s dedication in 1925, there is a sunrise service held in the stone amphitheater. It is the Park’s signature event. Against the backdrop of one of the best views of the entire region, guests celebrate and witness the rising sun in the east. Hosted by a different local church each year, it is one of the oldest continuous celebra- tion of this kind in the conti- nental US. Join us Sunday, April 1 for the 93rd Easter Sunrise Service and be part of this rich local tradition. For more information on Mt. Helix Park, the Easter service or any of the programs and events that occur at the Park.
visit our website at www.mthelixpark.org
Call our office at (619) 741-4363
Assistant Executive Director Mt. Helix Park