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From gnome homes to yoga: Landmark Park eases back into programs
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From gnome homes to yoga: Landmark Park eases back into programs

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When Katie Glover’s grandmother asked her to pick out five beads to decorate the path to their gnome home, the 4-year-old retrieved the entire bag of beads.

Her grandmother Pam Alexander broke the sad news that they couldn’t use the entire bag of beads — after all, their gnome path was only a few inches long. So instead of the whole bag, Katie reached in and grabbed a fistful. Alexander and Katie knew a few things about fairy gardens before they arrived at Dothan’s Landmark Park to build a gnome home with other crafters during a recent Wacky Wednesday program.

“She and I have a fairy garden behind my house, and I have a flower bed full of day lilies … even her brother likes to get out there and play with the stuff,” Alexander said. “They always want to rearrange it.”

Landmark Park recently brought back its Wacky Wednesday series with tops from building Gnome Homes to beginning yoga.

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After being closed for two months due to COVID-19, Landmark Park reopened around the end of May. The park didn’t host any programs or activities during June but is now slowly easing back into hosting gatherings like the park’s July programs — the Wacky Wednesday series, Animal Adventures on Thursdays and Fridays, and Heritage Forums on Sundays. The park is also hosting its Music by Moonlight concerts and some of its summer camps along with recurring programs such as reptile feedings, beekeeping, Sit and Sew, and blacksmithing demonstrations.

“Usually in June we would be chock-full of stuff, but we didn’t want crowds forming,” Executive Director Laura Stakelum said. “For July, we’re kind of easing back into it.”

More programs and events are planned for August and September.

Landmark Park, located off U.S. Highway 431, is taking precautions like limiting the size of classes and encouraging attendees to wear face coverings and social distancing as much as possible. With the limits on sizes, those who want to attend a program — typically free with paid gate admission — are asked to register in advance at the park’s website, landmarkparkdothan.com.

Visitors have been good about wearing masks and social distancing, Stakelum said. The park has provided masks for employees.

“We’re just making the modifications that we need to and taking it day by day,” Stakelum said. “We know it could change. Tomorrow, it could be a whole new set of rules and regulations.”

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