Roxaboxen Park

Author:

Loni McCloudAdministrative AssistantParks & Recreation

Summary:

This park brings to life Alice McLerran's book "Roxaboxen" which shares the true story of the author's mother and fellow Roxaboxenites as they grew up in Yuma in the early part of the last century.

Last Updated:

11/15/2013

Roxaboxen sign at dusk.

Roxaboxen Park is located on the corner of 8th Street and 2nd Avenue in Yuma, Arizona. This park brings to life the children's book "Roxaboxen" by author Alice McLerran. This true story is based on the adventures of the author's mother and fellow Roxaboxenites as they grew up in Yuma in the early part of the last century. These children created the make-believe town of "Roxaboxen" from rocks, boxes and lots of imagination. Even today, you can find neighborhood children making little rock and box houses with imagination as their only mortar.

Unique Features

The Park has no grass and no swings, but remains much as it was, reflecting the time period of the story and allowing for imaginations to soar.

Children enjoying Roxaboxen Park.Children enjoying Roxaboxen Park.Children enjoying Roxaboxen Park.

Donate A Rock

Roxaboxen Park is a unique location to include in a tour of historic Yuma, and with your help, we can generate ongoing interest in this special landmark. Donating a rock is a wonderful way to share your home state with visitors to the park and broaden the sense of community which is so much a part of the legacy of Roxaboxen.

You can also send us your stories and photos of your class projects for other children to enjoy and be inspired by!

How Big Can My Rock Be?

We welcome the donation of large rocks but refrain from donating any which will require permanent placement. Smaller rocks add to the imaginative play, encouraged by the park. Part of the adventure is the excitement of discovering a hidden treasure among the native rocks in the park.

Should I Decorate It?

We invite you to sign, date, and indicate the origin of your rock. You may leave it natural or decorate as you wish with a flag or other symbol reflective of your state.

Where Should I Bring My Rock?

Small pile of rocks.Rocks may be brought to the Yuma Art Center during normal business hours or simply dropped off at the park located at the corner of 2nd Avenue and 8th Street. Please call the Yuma Art Center and let us know when you are planning to drop off your donation. We would love to meet you!

Again, thank you for your interest in supporting our efforts to preserve this park as a place where children of all ages can celebrate the wonder of creativity and the imagination.

For More Information

If you have questions about or would like more information on Roxaboxen Park, please contact the Yuma Art Center.

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