Parker Street: family-friendly, near Hunter Park

Parker Street.

Parker Street: family-friendly, near Hunter Park

Quiet, family-friendly.
Only one block from Hunter Park.
22 photos + 2 videos.
One of Ashland’s short streets.

“This is an old-fashioned neighborhood street.”

Matt Locklin

Bees on Parker Street

Parker Street flowers.
This lavender plant was filled with bees. (photo by Peter Finkle, 2022)

I met Matt Locklin as I was walking Parker Street on July 6, 2022. He saw me taking photos and a video of a lush lavender plant that was filled with bees. We began talking and he told me Parker Street is filled with bees because he brought them here. One of his hobbies is beekeeping. Just this spring, he helped people by relocating three swarms of bees. Two went to the farm of one of his friends. One went to his back yard on Parker Street to join two other bee hives there.

This 7-second video gives a glimpse of how many bees are attracted to this lavender plant. (video by Peter Finkle, 2022)

As he and I were talking, Matt’s girlfriend Jenny Kuehnle briefly joined the conversation. She also lives on Parker Street, and owns Ahimsa Gardens, which does landscape design, installation and maintenance. Matt is the construction boss at the landscape company. Thanks to Matt, there are two bee hives at Jenny’s house in addition to the three hives at his house.

Bees are “like a water feature”

Matt described watching bees around a hive being “like a water feature.” I like his image comparing different kinds of flow in nature. I was surprised to see the video he showed me, in which he collects a swarm of bees without wearing the usual beekeeper protective clothing and head protection. He replied that he finds working with bees to be “exhilarating!” 

This video shows Matt Locklin collecting a bee swarm during spring 2022. I think we need a “Don’t do this at home unless you know what you are doing” disclaimer here! (video provided by Matt Locklin)

He assured me that he got the queen bee into the box during this video. After this video was taken, he poked holes in the side of the box. Through the day, the rest of the bees gravitated to the box (through the holes) to join the queen bee. After dark, while the bees rested, he sealed the box and moved the bees to their new home.

Family friendly street

Everyone I met during my two walks along Parker Street in April and July 2022 described this short street as “family friendly.” The many “Children Playing” signs along the street bear that out. 

Parker Street.
The number of “Children Playing” signs is one indication this is a family-friendly street. (photo by Peter Finkle, 2022)
Parker Street.
Another “Slow Down!” sign for “Kids at Play.” (photo by Peter Finkle, 2022)

Location of Parker Street

One of the reasons this is a family friendly street is its proximity to Hunter Park and Walker Elementary School. Both the park and school are one short block away. In addition to large lawn areas in its 10 acres, Hunter Park has tennis courts, baseball fields, Daniel Meyer Memorial public swimming pool, picnic areas and a playground. It is also the site of Ashland’s Senior Center.

Walker School is being rebuilt right now for seismic safety, renovating old spaces and adding new buildings.

Walker School.
Early stages of the Walker School construction project in April 2022. (photo by Peter Finkle)

The architecture firm BBT wrote on their website: ” Walker Elementary is a historic school centrally located in Ashland, Oregon. Bordered by established residential neighborhoods, a city park, and other civic amenities, the school is uniquely connected to the history and fabric of the surrounding community.
The new building addition aims to connect to the existing historic portion of the school through the renovated library and cafeteria. In this way, the design celebrates what the school has in common while also recognizing what is unique. The addition will make the library more central to the school while the cafeteria acts as a bridge connecting the two school wings together. Another component to the design relocated the administration area. Moving administration out of the historic portion of the school offers an opportunity for the historic wing to expand programmatically while enhancing security, safety, and supervision.”

I found some interesting flowers, trees and yard art to photograph in my walks along this one block long street.

Flowers and gardens

Parker Street flowers.
This yellow yarrow flower is the one I am used to seeing. (photo by Peter Finkle, 2022)
Parker Street flowers.
I was surprised to see pink yarrow flowers. (photo by Peter Finkle, 2022)
Parker Street garden.
This is a very healthy Mullein (Verbascum) plant. (photo by Peter Finkle, 2022)
Parker Street sunflowers.
Some of the sunflowers in this garden are growing taller than the first floor ceiling. (photo by Peter Finkle, 2022)
Parker Street sunflowers.
Here is a closer view of the sunflowers in front yard! Very tall. (photo by Peter Finkle, 2022)
Parker Street garden.
This looks like desert landscaping. Those round-topped rocks could almost be tortoises! (photo by Peter Finkle, 2022)
Parker Street
Is this an odd sight to photograph? I noticed this unusual tree stump at corner of a fence. The photo was taken April 21, 2022. (photo by Peter Finkle)
Parker Street.
What a difference ten weeks makes. Here’s the same tree stump, photo taken on July 6, 2022. (photo by Peter Finkle)
flower filled path to front door
This flower filled path to the front door caught my eye. (photo by Peter Finkle, 2022)
Parker Street garden.
Easy care, low water needs at this front yard garden. (photo by Peter Finkle, 2022)


Parker Street tree.
I think this is a Norway Spruce tree — amazing colors! (photo by Peter Finkle, 2022)
Sad tree on Parker Street
Large, sad tree on Parker Street after pruning to protect the power lines. Why were huge trees planted under electric power lines on so many Ashland streets? (photo by Peter Finkle, 2022)
Parker Street tree.
This unusual tree is a Pink silk tree, also called a Persian Silk Tree. (photo by Peter Finkle, 2022)
Parker Street tree.
Here is a tall, happy tree on Parker Street. (photo by Peter Finkle, 2022)

Yard art

Yard art on Parker Street.
Flamingos make colorful yard art on Parker Street. (photo by Peter Finkle, 2022)
Parker Street yard art.
I am always fascinated by the variety of “art objects” people choose to decorate their front yards. (photo by Peter Finkle, 2022)
Parker Street garden.
If you like rocks, this is an artistic rock and ground cover entry. (photo by Peter Finkle, 2022)
Parker Street rock wall.
Here’s a bonus photo for people who really like rocks. (photo by Peter Finkle, 2022)

Why is it named Parker Street?

For those of you who like to know about street names, according to Galey the street was named for T.J. Parker, who built several of the houses here.

Parker Street and Lit Way street sign.
Parker Street is one block long, between Walker Avenue and Lit Way. (photo by Peter Finkle, 2022)


Anon. Ahimsa Gardens website. [accessed 7/9/2022]

Anon. BBT Architects website. [accessed 7/9/2022]

Galey, Henry C. with Geo. W. Dunn and Rose D. Galey. “Information on Ashland Streets, April 5, 1951,” at SOU Hannon Library. 

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