Join in National Kids to Parks Day
For the third year, the National Park Trust is encouraging families to join in National Kids to Parks Day on Saturday, May 18. Sure, their focus is national parks, but we can bring the effort close to home and encourage kids to get out and enjoy Charleston’s parks.
“We want to inspire children to love the outdoors, to choose an active lifestyle, and to be future park stewards,” said Grace Lee, National Park Trust executive director. “We hope parents will take this opportunity to have some fun and enjoy one of our many amazing parks around the country.”
That’s our mission as well to connect people with their parks.
Here are our top picks for city parks perfect for kids:
– Corrine Jones Park – The Conservancy, city of Charleston and surrounding neighborhood came together to renovate their park and the results are impressive. With new playground equipment, a nearby basketball court and plenty of room to run, this park is great for children.
– Waterfront Park – On a warm summer day this park becomes a cool oasis as children splash in the fountain at the parks’ entrance.
– Brittlebank Park – Located on the Ashley River, this park is great for taking in water views while the kids take to the playground.
– West Ashley Greenway – This 10.5-mile trail is perfect for an afternoon bike ride. It’s flat and mostly hard-packed dirt so it’s nice trail for even young cyclists.
– Cannon Park – This park in the heart of downtown Charleston has flower beds, a small playground and a dog park making it the perfect park for all family members.
Check out www.kidstoparks.org for more information and to sign the pledge to take your child to a local park on May 18.
You might want to consider stopping at all the parks on our Park Passport. If you snap a photo at the park and share it with us via social media, you can be entered to win a park prize pack. Get all the details on the Park Passport contest and how to participate.