Today, my son and I checked out a new park in a nearby town. The property has been vacant and underused for over twenty years. For the past few years, the village hosted a community garden on the property, but from what we could see, they mostly used the property to store wood chips. This year, however, they constructed a park, and it opened this spring. It’s lovely!
A 3/8 mile bike and walking path travels around the perimeter of the park. At four spots along the walkway are interpretive signs that explain the different ecosystems of the area: tallgrass prairie, wetlands, forests, and farmland. Within the park itself is something for everyone: a playground, a splash pad, a community garden, a sensory garden, and a basketball court. They did this park right.
At first my son walked with me, but then I sent him to go play while I continued walking. As you can see below, I checked on him often as I made my way around the park’s walking path (he’s in red, swinging away).
It was nice to give him a little independence; he did great. (He has Autism Spectrum Disorder, but is, thankfully, high-functioning.) I didn’t end up walking much though before he was ready to go because someone else showed up to play at the playground. He remained calm, came running over to me, and said that it was time to go.
I’ll put that in the success column.
Good day, good walk!