How Patterson Park flies high

How Patterson Park flies high

Middleton Evans knows the Patterson Park boat lake is deeper than he is tall.

A decade ago, while walking his dog on a winter day, he watched as a golden retriever bolted after some ducks.

The ice could not support the dog, and the pooch went under. Evans, a dog lover, volunteered to save the retriever and hitched a safety harness fashioned of dog leashes offered by fellow dog walkers who witnessed the incident.

Middleton broke through the ice too and hit the bottom. “It’s about six and a half feet deep,” he said. “It’s over your head, deep enough.”

He saved the dog and lived to tell the story of the Patterson Park Boat Lake in his 342-page book, “The Miracle...