The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update


July 21, 2013

Scott Underwood: Falls Park unites rich history, peaceful commune with nature



Rhonda Cantrell and Vicki Ball of Anderson can often be found here, fishing in the fading light of dusk. Vicki's son is married to Rhonda's daughter, and Rhonda and Vicki's friendship has been forged over the years through quiet times together fishing in Falls Park and other local ponds.

"Some days, we'll talk non-stop," says Rhonda. "Other times when we come out to fish, we can go for hours barely saying a word."

Lots and lots of hours. Several days ago, the evening was so pleasant and the companionship so sweet that they stayed until 3 a.m. The fishing wasn't great (they caught about eight) that night, but Falls Park cast its charming spell over the angling pair.

"It's so nice here," Rhonda notes. "And it's safe, too, with the street lights. And the police come around regularly."

Hang around the park for an hour on a nice evening, and you'll see retired folks walking dogs, children playing on the swings and slides, and young lovers meandering hand-in-hand on the walking paths.

However hectic your life at home or at work, Falls Park offers an escape for the mind, body and soul — and a window into the rich history of Pendleton.

Editor Scott Underwood’s Monday column will be devoted through the summer to Green Spaces of Madison County. Contact him at or 640-4845 to suggest topics for the series.

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