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If we were super bored, we'd go to 3 parks in a day. Or we'd visit 5 or 6 in a week's time. We even named them all.
There was Baby Swing Park because it had a bunch of baby swings. Sprinkler Park because of the ... you guessed it... sprinkler. We were not creative park namers.
We also liked Dirt Clod Park, Horsey Park, Downtown Park and a few others. And even in Florida, we did park tours. We no longer named them but we had ones on the waterfront, ones outside YMCA's, ones in neighborhoods, one we could walk to in five minutes.
Parks, parks, parks. We love them.
Here in our cozy little Kansas town - population less than 1,000 - there is one park. Oh sure, we sometimes go to parks 10, 20 or 30 miles away, but our main staple park is here.
In a little town, the city park serves many functions. Of course it's where all the kids end up to play especially on summer days, but it's also where the city holds festivals, and residents have family reunions and birthday parties.
It's where I send Brady after church when we "talk forever about boring stuff to everybody."
It is right in the center of town and takes up a whole block. It's full of big tall trees. There is a merry-go-round, a big plastic playground with slides, 2 metal dome-shaped climbing things, 2 sets of swings and a big complex of monkey bars and metal ladders.
There is almost always somebody there and we have had so many good times in that park. It's awesome for exercise. You'll even spot me sometimes climbing around to get in a quick workout.
Here are a few photos of our little city park.
|The picnic area is HUGE. You'll often find parents gathered there while kids play.
|I love that there are just tons of trees.
|Such quaint little benches. The park is of course surrounded only by houses and small streets.
|I love these old-timey lamp posts.