It is increasingly hard to find space created for peace. The pace of modern life is often
hectic, and our public discourse is strained. Whatever our life experiences, we each know how anxiety and stress can sabotage our days.
Last year, Pilgrim Center board members and I began a conversation about creating more space where our neighbors can find connection, both with others and within themselves. Today I am excited to announce a project that grew out of those conversations. I hope you will join us in making it happen.
The new Hyde Park Labyrinth & Butterfly Garden is a community gift organized by Pilgrim Center, in partnership with KC Parks and the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association. Located in the heart of Midtown near 37th Street and Gillham Road, the labyrinth will offer a place for walking meditation and quiet contemplation, surrounded by native flowers and plants to attract essential species of butterflies. Studies show that children and adults alike benefit significantly from contemplative time in nature, and our Hyde Park Labyrinth & Butterfly Garden will provide such a space right here in our urban neighborhood. We hope it can serve us all at a time when so many people seek peace and connection.
But we can’t do this without you. The total cost of this project is $25,000. We already have pledges totaling $14,750, which means we are more than half way to our goal! We plan on starting construction as soon as the ground is warm enough for planting. Will you join us with a tax-deductible donation before March 15th so this project can be shovel-ready?
You can visit www.pilgrimcenterkc.org/labyrinth to learn more details about the project and make your donation online. You are also welcome to call us at 816-753-6719 to pay over the phone, or send a check to Pilgrim Center, 3801 Gillham Road, Kansas City, MO 64111.
I am so excited to see this project happen the coming months, and I thank you in advance for partnering with Pilgrim Center to serve our community in this way.
Andrew Johnson, Executive Director