The Object of The Parkrose Community Peace Labyrinth

The labyrinth is a way for the school to reach out to the community, and the community to work together to create a fun landmark that beautifies an otherwise vacant corner.

Parkrose High School is also a community center, offering courts, a pool, theatrical events, classes, and now a labyrinth for neighbors to enjoy.

A labyrinth is a single winding path that moves back and forth to the center.  Labyrinths have been used in parks, hospitals, churches, and schools dating back over 3,000 years.

Its design was a collaborative effort in 2007 with 6 students, PHSCC Groundskeeper Sharon DeWitt, and the PHSCC Community Connections Americorps volunteer Joanne Oleksiak.  It was approved by the superintendent and school board, and made possible through generous grants.

So Why a Labyrinth?
“First of all, when I started working at PHS I noticed how busy everyone was… the students and the staff.  Scurrying to classes, plugged into ipods and phones… no one took time for themselves.  As a matter of fact, we don’t teach our kids to take time for themselves.  We keep them stimulated every moment.  

So whether you walk the labyrinth, or skip, or run, or meditate, or look at the clouds… you have just taken 15 minutes for yourself.  And that’s the point.

We all know that there is not just one thing that motivates us, or excites students, or unites community.  It’s sports, it’s music, it’s art, it’s food… so why not a labyrinth?”
-Sharon DeWitt, Groundskeeper, PHSCC

The labyrinth design includes points representing the 4 directions.  In our special Parkrose community we realize that we have all come from a direction… and are all on the same path… even if we are facing different directions or moving at a different pace.