“Famous Children's Book Sight”
This unique Park memorializes the beloved and internationally known children's picture book entitled "Roxaboxen" by author Alice McLerran (now published in 7 languages). 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. The 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. The Park has no grass, no swings, but remains much as it was, reflecting the time period of the story. There are three very simple benches installed at the park with tile mosaics that celebrate the story. Additionally, there is a rock garden in the park's southeast corner where travelers from all over have left rocks to represent their home state. Road trippers are welcome to donate their own small rocks—signed and dated, with the origin indicated as well. It can be left natural or decorated with a flag or other symbol reflective of the state from which it came. Rocks may be brought to the Yuma Art Center or simply dropped off at the park.
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