Stop #7: The Baseball Fields

Jake Thomas - AMST 4500 Walking Tour

Stop #7: The Baseball Fields

Oaks, Pennsylvania 19426, United States

Created By: University of Virginia


After passing the fire station, you will go down the hill and reach the Upper Providence Little League Baseball Fields. There are several baseball fields here as well as a running trail, playground, and small soccer field. Throughout my childhood, I was extremely close with my next-door neighbors. And although baseball was definitely not my strongest sport, it was a lot of theirs. So we would often go to these fields in order to watch the games and just spend tie together. At a time when it was very difficult for me to make friends, it was always really comforting knowing that I had these people and this place to enjoy. I would frequent the snack stand, go on the playground, and walk around the loop while enjoying all the games going on. This strong sense of community and friendship that I developed strongly mirrors the emphasis on community in the Lenape tribe that formerly resided here. Family was a loose term for these people as everyone and everything in the area was considered part of the broader family of the Lenape. Their beliefs that both a land and a people make up a community feel reflected in my experience, as both the neighbors I went with and the place we met held significant value to me.

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