Naturally Mural

Naturally Mural

James S. Acker (August 6, 1865-July 30, 1955) left more than 100 parcels of real estate to the City of Prescott “… to be used for parks and for promotion of music, especially for children.” Yesterday we visited for the first time this 80 acre city open space park and explored its scenic loop trail, especially enjoying the panoramic views of Prescott from hilltop vistas. The elevation of the trail ranges from 5,480 feet to 5,630 feet. The biggest surprise was the restroom’s full wrap mural, “Naturally Mural,” depicting the history of the land and Mr. Acker. This mural, completed in 2010, is part of the Prescott Downtown Mural Project. The following is from the Mural Artist’s Statement:

“Acker Park is recognized as an island of tranquility to those who seek to escape from the stresses of daily living. Individuals visit this sanctuary for its peacefulness, for its quiet solitude, and for the magnificent expanse of vistas afforded by this extraordinary environment. Upon entering the park, people are instantly embraced by the nurturing arms of Mother Nature. She surrounds all with her inherent splendor, while whispering the songs of the land to all who listen with quiet intent.”

The Friends of J. S. Acker have also erected signs with thought provoking quotations on the loop trail. We can concur with this John Muir quote: “…In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

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