Van Horne Park, Rocky Hill

It was a cold day, but after the weekend of winter hell we experienced during our trip to Champaign, Illinois, I wanted to get outside for a bike ride. The air was cold this morning; I expected to warm up once I got going. I put on some layers, stuck the Minolta XD-11 camera in the basket of the e-bike, donned my helmet and started for Van Horne Park.

Van Horne Park, Black and White, Winter
Monday26 December 2022 · Minolta XD-11 at 1/1000 sec, ISO 400 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 at f/16

Van Horne Park is a recreational park located in Rocky Hill Borough and an independent municipality within the borders of Montgomery Township. The Montgomery Township Parks and Recreation Department maintain the park. It offers a variety of recreational activities. Spread across sprawling green lawns, Van Horner Park features well-maintained playing fields, tennis and basketball courts, picnic areas, playgrounds, and walking paths.

Van Horne Park, Black and White, Winter
Monday26 December 2022 · Minolta XD-11 at 1250 sec, ISO 400 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 at f/8.0

In 2020, the Montgomery Township Parks and Recreation Department planned to host a “Movies in the Park” event. I assumed they had not completed the event. The wall serving as the outdoor movie screen is now full of graffiti. Perhaps this is another opportunity for community building lost to the pandemic.

Van Horne Park, Black and White, Winter
Monday26 December 2022 · Minolta XD-11 at 1/1000 sec, ISO 400 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 at f/11

During the warmer months of the year, area residents can enjoy a game of catch with friends or family, go for a leisurely walk or jog, or play a game of tennis. Children play on the swings, slides and other play structures in the playground area while adults relax on the benches and enjoy the scenery. When our children were younger, we often took them to Van Horne Park to fly kites.

Van Horne Park, Black and White, Winter
Monday26 December 2022 · Minolta XD-11 at 1/1000 sec, ISO 400 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 at f/8.0

The park is a popular destination for picnics in the summer, with several covered picnic shelters available for rent.

All of these were absent during my bicycle ride. It was cold. I quickly made my way through the park, stopping briefly to expose a few frames of Kosmo Foto Agent Shadow.

Van Horne Park, Black and White, Winter
Monday26 December 2022 · Minolta XD-11 at 160 sec, ISO 400 · MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 at f/8.0

Author: Khürt Williams

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