For those of you who have lived in Edmond for a while, it is no secret that Edmond has a fine park system. What I didn't know was the number of parks that are maintained by the city. And some of the parks I thought were maintained by neighborhoods are actually city maintained!
The city parks and recreation department is one of the reasons that young families flock to Edmond to establish a home for their young families. Even this senior citizen can enjoy the amenities of the city parks. There are 26 total parks maintained by the City of Edmond.
The surprise (for me) neighborhood parks maintained by the city are the following:
Whispering Heights Park
Brookhaven Park and many more.
What a simple pleasure to throw some sandwiches in a sack and walk with the kids to the park for a picnic lunch. Thank goodness the city forefathers had the foresight to plan for these small neighborhood parks.
One of my favorite Edmond city parks is Stephenson Park, located at Boulevard and 5th street. The rocket slide was a huge draw when my kids were little. And the landscape is mature and beautiful. In the spring, the crepe myrtles are breathtaking. Of course, another draw to this park is the Edmond Historical Society museum located inside the old armory. If you haven't visited, do so! It's free and interesting to learn about Edmond's early days.
Mitch Park features an amphitheater, softball fields, walking/biking trails and a disc golf course. The disc golf course is dedicated in memory of my fellow Re/Max Associates' son, Ty Cunningham. Be sure to take a look at the statue dedicated in his memory if you visit the disc golf course.
Hafer Park seems to be a haven for young families with the duck pond and fishing for the littlest Edmond citizens. In addition to the pond, there are outstanding pavilions, walking trails and the baseball complex.
Fink park is another wonderful park. Located across the street from the University of Central Oklahoma, the park features a large picnic pavillion with chargoal grills set amongst beautiful canna lilies and crepe myrtles. But when you cross the creek that divides the park, there is another park area with playground equipment, picnic pavillioins and charcoal grills. This is a perfect spot to spread out a blanket and watch the fireworks at UCO on the fourth of July!
The other BIG park in Edmond is relatively new. It is the park featuring the 'dog park' at 33rd and Rankin, Bickham-Rudkin Park. Many people don't realize that there are walking trails, a pond and a large playground behind the pavilion on 33rd street.
Here is the City of Edmond's complete listings of city maintained parks.
And click here to see a short video featuring the city parks.
Do you have a favorite park that your family enjoys?