Wednesday, May 30, 2018
One of the best parks in the area, hands down. The playground layout is great, with lots to do and plenty of shady spots to relax. It is also accessible. There are no regular swings or baby swings, but there are a few of those big flat swings that you can sit or lie down on.
The park has a bathroom, a splash pad AND a splash fountain (which is nice for those who don't enjoy water dumped on their heads and prefer to shoot up from the ground), an amphitheater, a skate park, and a huge pond with waterfalls and fountains. There's a sidewalk all the way around the water, with a couple of little lookout points. You can see big catfish, turtles, and ducks, and it's fun to try to spot them. The water also attracts some interesting birds. Above the amphitheater there is also a kind of...small rock garden? I am not sure exactly what it is, but it's nice to walk through, it has benches, and little kids seem to enjoy balancing along the smooth stones.
Also, the ice cream truck comes by sometimes! What more can you ask for?
Oh, but note: one time my friend got stung by a bee getting back in her car. So I guess we should all be vigilant about that, especially if you're allergic. It might have been a fluke—I don't see bees there every time we go or anything—but it did happen. You can park along the side of the park (which is probably where the bees are) or on the cross-street, which runs along nearby buildings and then between the playground and pond. If bees are a major concern, I would recommend choosing one of the spaces away from foliage, and keeping kids from messing with the flowers. (The entire park is beautifully landscaped, including the playground.)