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Armenian Heritage Park hosts series of early morning walks

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  July 17, 2012 03:18 PM

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(Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com)

Children explore the labyrinth inside the Armenian Heritage Park.

Early risers can enjoy the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway before the heat of the day sets in by participating in a walk around the labyrinth inside the Armenian Heritage Park.

Beth Burnham Mace, founder and president of the Labyrinth Guild of New England, will host a series of monthly 7 a.m. labyrinth walks on the following Wednesdays: July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19, and Oct. 17. Mace formed the guild in 1999 to celebrate labyrinths across the region and create a community of those who enjoy walking labyrinths and exploring their meanings, according to the guild’s website.

The Armenian Heritage Park, located northwest of Mercantile Street between Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Christopher Columbus Park, celebrates Armenian immigration to the US with an abstract sculpture representing the immigrant experience and a labyrinth that represents life’s journey.

The sculpture, a dodecahedron split and mounted in a reflecting pool, can shift its position to represent the re-shaping of immigrant communities in a new land. The labyrinth honors the achievements of Armenian immigrants, listing names of many who achieved success in the arts, sciences, business, education, and public service.

The park was built by the non-profit Armenian Heritage Foundation, a coalition of more than 35 Armenian-American religious, cultural, educational, and philanthropic organizations from around the Commonwealth. At the park’s opening in late May, Governor Deval Patrick spoke of its symbolic value.

“This is a proud symbol of resilience for our Armenian community and our Commonwealth,” said Patrick, according to a press release. “It is a tribute to those who have, against many odds, contributed so much to Massachusetts, and a marker for future generations to see our state as a place to reach for their dreams.”

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