The popular venue was the same but oh, how the Burke Lake Park high-school cross country course looked different in various manners without leaves on the trees.
Usually, district and region high-school cross country championship races are held during the fall at Burke Lake Park before the leaves fall from the trees. During this 2020-21 school year, those district races were held last week on April 8 when many trees were still without leaves.
Without those leaves, the lake itself could clearly be seen near the finish line, when it usually isn’t visible. Same with the path that circles the lake and was busy with people walking and running.
Runners also could be seen running in spots when they are usually blocked from view by leaves on trees during the fall.
Basically, without the leaves, the park was more wide open. It was easier watching golfers play on some of the holes on the adjacent par-3 golf course.
It was easy to see deep into the woods in many spots.
The venue was the same, but it looked a bit different that day.
– Dave Facinoli