THE NORTHACRES FANTASY WALL
In 1963, the Haller Lake Community Club sponsored the construction of a decorative wall at Northacres Park. The wall featured holes of various shapes and sizes through which children could crawl or poke their heads. According to Randy Harkness, his father, Harry, worked on the project, and each square section when poured into a mold was tinted concrete mix. A sand structure accompanied the wall, as well as a truck tire which children could climb. Randy’s mother, Doris, commented that the sand structure was a favorite of the neighborhood cats. “The wall, built by amateurs, didn’t take into consideration how kids climbing the wall could get their shoes wedged in the sharp-edged shapes cut in the wall, triangles, squares, etc. Those who tried to stick their heads in the shapes could get a scratched cheek when withdrawing them. It still stayed popular for years, with parents standing close by.” Additions to the park at that time also included a wading pool.
When the city proposed that the park be renovated in 2010 following a levy passed by the voters, the wall was relegated to the chopping block. After the wading pool was replaced with a spray park in 2012, the wall, “abandoned, faded, and raggedy, was hauled away.”
Here’s an article from the the Northgate Journal when the wall was built.