Rudmann, who returned to Ashland just a couple of years ago following the death of her husband, sees the park with new eyes, since the field wasn’t part of the landscape when she left. The fountain is also new to her and she said her aunt once told her the park is the only natural park in cities along the Ohio River. Her aunt told her the rest are man-made.
Rudmann watches Austin every day and they visit the park whenever weather permits.
“He knows when he wakes up and the sun shines, we’re not going to do anything else but go to the park,” Rudmann said.