New Ulm, MN
Standing 45-feet tall this clock tower in Schonlau Park provides a gleeful and watchful eye over the town. Throughout the day the bells of the Glockenspiel, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, chime to signify the time at noon, 3pm, and 5pm. It may come as a surprise that the 37 bells inside the Glockenspiel, which sound gracefully light, all together weigh more than two tons. When the bells chime a circular plate with twelve figurines depicting characters from New Ulm's history rotate on the tower.
This cultural landmark reflects the German heritage of New Ulm and serves as a unique smile inducing attraction for locals and tourists alike.
Schonlau Park itself is a quaint open area with benches and lightly landscaped features of flowers and shrubbery. The park mostly serves as a light leisure area for seating and shade in the Summer time but contains an open space brimming with possibilities.
Such an open space could be used for gatherings, community activities, or small festivals. Paired with the Glockenspiel Schonlau Park could become a lively activated space on the edge of downtown New Ulm.