Local Pocket Park and Healing Garden

Maas Pocket Park
Sign at entrance on W. 2nd Street

Sign at entrance on W. 2nd Street.

This wonderful little gem of a pocket park, one of numerous pocket parks in the Frederick area, beckons to you to come in.  The attractive ironwork open gate is a friendly invitation to come and sit in comforting environs anytime from dawn to 10 p.m.  Enclosed by brick walls, one feels safe here.  Once in, you are surrounded by nicely tended gardens, benches, and tables with checkerboards permanently imprinted.  One can easily shed the world while sitting in this obscure little space.

Checkers in the garden

Checkers in the garden

Explore beyond the gate and find readings etched on a wall, garden plaques and memorial bricks with children’s names and a unique structure called a whispering bench.  Whisper a message in one side and it can be heard on the other side of this artfully designed structure.  This is a place where anyone could find a peaceful moment.  And that is intentional.

Soul touching

Soul touching

Whispering Bench

Bonita Maas Park is a healing garden pocket park sometimes adorned with colorful pinwheels. The pinwheels are symbols of happy, healthy childhood.  The park contains memorials for children lost to child abuse and reminds us of those unthinkably in the throes of abuse.  The Children’s Advocacy Center ( https://frederickcountymd.gov/481/Child-Advocacy-Center-CAC) in cooperation with the City of Frederick, other agencies, businesses, and volunteers dedicated the Bonita Maas Healing Park early last year   Many  years ago, Earl and Bonita Maas operated Maas Opticians in the adjacent building at 5 West Second Street.

A little pocket of pleasure

A little pocket of pleasure in the city

The site is one of a number of little known pocket parks in the region.  These small outdoor spaces provide quiet settings for meditation, enjoying nature, resting, and soothing the soul.  Share with readers where your favorite Frederick pocket park is located.  Whether you are new to the area or an established resident you may be surprised to find an unexplored pocket of pleasure near you.  Just more of the treasures of Frederick living.