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Posted on: June 25, 2022

Linda Terry is 2022’s “Walk on Words” Poetry Contest Winner. Poem Stamped in Concrete at Yellen Par

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s Public Art Program has selected a poem by Lancaster resident Linda Terry as the winning entry in the City’s “Walk on Words” poetry contest. The unveiling ceremony was held on Saturday, June 25 at Yellen Dog Park. As part of the City’s Public Art Program, entrants were asked to submit original compositions with the theme of “Dogs in the Park” that were no more than 8 lines long, including title, with a maximum of 25 characters per line, including spaces. The winning poem: 

My Dog Park 

Come to my dog park 
And you will see
No better place to be
I have no leash
I am free
To run and jump
To just be me 


Honorable mention winners were Diana Holiday, Randy Bass, Kyra Sundance, Barbara Summey, Jacoby Wilkerson, Gisell Sierra, and Sandi Kelly. 

"Yellen Dog Park is a perfect place for this year’s Walk on Words winning poem," said Palmdale Mayor Steve Hofbauer. "This year we wanted to capture the importance our pets play in our lives, and now all who come to Yellen Dog Park will be able to see the winning poem in concrete every time they visit with their furry friends.” 

About the City’s Public Art Commission 

Our Public Art Commission encourages and promotes public art programs and activities in the City that enhance community awareness of public art resources. The commission serves as the key advocacy body for the Public Art Program. It establishes and approves the program mission, curatorial and programmatic goals, policies, and guidelines. 

Palmdale’s Public Art Initiative highlights the landscape, urban form, history, and culture that make Palmdale distinct. As the permanent and ongoing record of what we hold important, it reflects and communicates our values, enriches the lives of the people in our community, and reinforces our multicultural identity to create a memorable urban landscape. 

Please visit our website for past winning poems and to explore the growing public art landscape in Palmdale: .

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