When I first started this blog, it was with the intention of only writing about local things, local events, local restaurants, etc. A lot of that disappeared just before Covid, and of course when I had to start giving more care to my mother than she needed when she first moved in with me. In my mind, I’ve written about things that could be helpful to people everywhere, but when it comes down to it, I feel like I need to find time and ways to write more about what’s going on around me more often, like I did last September when I wrote about my New York State Fair experience.

I’m going to talk and share both pictures and videos of things I love about the specific area I live in, which is Liverpool, NY. I moved here in July 1975, after my dad retired from the military, and I’ve been here ever since. It’s a very calming place to live, and even though he does have a few things I’m not enamored with, just like every other community, overall I’m extremely happy with a lot of it.

This isn’t a deep dive into the community though. I’m going to talk partially about where I live, where I used to live, and Onondaga Lake Park. I spend a lot of time walking through the neighborhood, the neighborhood I used to live in, and of course at the park. I live about a mile away from the lake, but it’s not the safest trek to walk from my house to the lake. In my adult years I’ve only done that twice… and both times I swore I was never going to do it again… and I hope to stick to that from this point on!

For instance, the first picture on this post is at the end of the street I live on. As you can see, balloons and words of thanks were around the entrance to the school, thanking teachers for, I assume, being teachers. lol I thought it was a nice picture to take, as I’d never seen anything like this before.

kid’s playground

Meanwhile, the picture just above this paragraph was taken just over 2 weeks later. It wasn’t here when I was younger, only showing up about 7 or 8 years ago, when I was living in the house I live in now. I was almost 16 years old when I moved to Liverpool, so I’d have never had the chance to play on it, but on some of my walks when the weather is bad I love seeing children enjoying themselves.

lived here with my parents

The elementary school sits between the street I live on, another street on its north side, and there’s a short walkway that leads to Grenadier Village, which is both an apartment complex and, these days, what it calls condominiums, though when I lived there they were known as townhouses. As a matter of fact, the above is where we lived, and it was the first building on the part of what was called Grenadier Village back then, as the apartments were called King Park Apartments. There were 3 buildings in a different park before one got to ours, but over the years they built a bunch of them, all in the same style, though they modified things a bit.

I lived behind the building with the flowers

We lived there almost exactly 6 years before moving into a house elsewhere in Liverpool. Just a bit more than 2 years later I moved into an apartment in the Kings Park area that was directly across from where I’ve lived before. I was there to years before I learned that there was a river behind the entire complex, behind the office complex building, which I’d never paid attention before. I didn’t know how big or long it was until years later when they decided to build lakefront apartments, that didn’t work so well in 1993 after we had 44″ of snow drop in the area, which resulted in massive flooding of the river and Onondaga Lake.

you might have to click on the link to view the video

I’m not sure what they’ve done since then to reduce the possibility of future flooding, but what they did do was clear out all the brush behind those buildings and add some park benches so people can sit down and watch the river flow, which is between Onondaga Lake on one side and Lake Ontario on the other (you can’t see either from this part of the river, but it’s still calming and enjoyable to view.

I think that’s enough for the day. I was going to talk about Onondaga Lake as part of what I love about Liverpool, but I’ve written enough about it over the years. Instead, I’m going to share this link from almost 12 years ago (ouch!), and possibly share more about the lake as time goes on.