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The Summer Park Tour

by Sara McClure on May 24, 2011

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We are blessed to live in an area that has tons of great parks. The problem is that we tend to frequent the same park because it is conveniently located near our home. Therefore, we hardly ever take advantage of the other parks available to us….which is a shame, because we REALLY have some awesome parks in Chattanooga! The past two years we’ve tried something that got us out and enjoying the other parks. I thought I’d share it with you in case you were needing something to get you out of the same rut I was in…or maybe you’d  just like to try something fun!

Introducing… The Summer Park Tour!

The Goal: Enjoy as many great parks as you can and rejuvenate your play time!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Make a list of all the parks in your area.
  2. Grab your calendar and choose atleast one day per week that could be “Park & Picnic” Day.
  3. Then, plug in the list of parks on the days marked “Park & Picnic” Days. (If you run out of parks, repeat your favorites!)
  4. Send out the calendar of “Park & Picnic” Days with the locations to your friends in hopes that they might join you at the park (It makes it easier if the kids have someone to play with and I always love having a little mommy talk!)
  5. On “Park & Picnic” Days, pack a picnic lunch, plenty of water and any other supplies you might need for the day (sunscreen, hats, sand toys, etc.)
  6. Head over to the designated park and play to your hearts content! Hopefully, a friend or two will join you, but if not, you’ll still have lots of fun!

The best thing about “The Summer Park Tour” is that it’s completely FREE!

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Jonah & Aunt Rachel in the Coolidge Park fountain

Live in the Chattanooga area? Here’s a list of great parks to enjoy:

  • Coolidge Park (bathing suits to play in the fountains)
  • The “Pumpkin Patch” Park on Signal Mountain (well shaded!)
  • Red Bank Park (take sand toys)
  • Soddy Daisy “Scramble Alley” wooden park
  • Vandergriff Park in Hixson
  • Riverpark/Riverwalk
  • Chester Frost Park (bathing suits for the lake)
  • Warner Park
  • “Helicopter Park” in Soddy Daisy (walking track)
  • “Cherokee Passage” by the Aquarium (bathing suits!)
  • Imagination Station Playground (Collegedale/Ooltewah area)
  • Riverview Park ( on/near Benton Ave.)
  • and many more!!!! (Let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to the list)

So tell me, would “The Summer Park Tour” work for you in your area?

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1 Marci@OvercomingBusy May 24, 2011 at 2:25 pm

That’s a great idea!!! That would certainly add some excitement to our days!

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2 Sara May 24, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Please let me know how it goes Marci! I’m thinking maybe I should have a linky for everyone to share how their Summer Park Tour goes!

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3 Corrina May 24, 2011 at 2:52 pm

We plan to spend a lot of time at the Cherokee Passage (by the Aquarium), of course with swimsuits.
And the River Walk is a great place to walk or bike….or fly a kite.

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4 Sara May 24, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I’ll add the Cherokee Passage to the list! Forgot about that one!

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5 Chelsea May 24, 2011 at 3:14 pm

We actually visited that park with the fountains and walked across that giant pedestrian bridge the last weekend of April! I didn’t realize that’s where you are!
This is a great idea! I’m going to do it and notify some friends.

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6 Sara May 24, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Well, if I had known you were in the area, I would’ve met up with you! Isn’t that park and bridge great?!? My hubby actually proposed to me on the bridge :) Let me know how your park tour goes!

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7 Lindsay @ BytesOfMemory May 24, 2011 at 3:20 pm

What a great idea! I am going to work on making my calendar and send them out to friends :-)

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8 Sara May 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Please let me know how it goes! Maybe I’ll have a linky for everyone to share….hmm.

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9 Kara May 24, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Don’t forget about the Imagination Station Playground!!!

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10 Sara May 24, 2011 at 5:01 pm

I’ll add it to the list, but I’m drawing a blank on where it is at the moment!

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11 Kara May 24, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Collegedale/Ooltewah area. It’s worth the drive :)

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12 Sara May 24, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Ok, thanks! Never been to that one! We’ll definitely check it out!

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13 Vanderbilt Wife May 24, 2011 at 5:38 pm

We go to Riverview park (different from Riverpark–it’s on Benton Ave.). It’s smaller but has great picnic areas and some fun retro things like those horses on springs and seesaws.

Definitely send me your master list of when you’re going where and we’ll try to join in!

Jessie

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14 Sara @ Happy Brown House May 24, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I’ll add it to the list! I know I haven’t been to that one before. I’ll definitely send you the list your way when I finish filling in this year’s “Park Tour”!

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15 Ticia May 24, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Possibly yes………

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16 Kara at The Chuppies May 24, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Love this idea!
I know that in Portland we have the world’s smallest dedicated park (24 inches across :)

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17 Haley May 25, 2011 at 3:13 pm

We love Vandergriff Park but it gets HOT in the summer. Gonna be spending lots of time at Coolidge in the fountain and at the Splash Pad at Warner Park this summer. :) Love your blog- I found it through a linky on another craft blog and was surprised to see we live in the same town! :)

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18 Sara May 25, 2011 at 3:24 pm

It’s such a small world! How fun that you are local to me! So glad you found me!

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19 Rhoda May 29, 2011 at 2:39 am

It would work here in Vancouver, WA. We moved here 2 1/2 years ago and still only frequent a few of the terrific parks near us. I had the same idea to try out some of the parks and trails (think Lewis and Clark) surrounding us this coming school year as part of our homeschool. Summer sounds like a WONDERFUL time to get started however!

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20 Sara May 30, 2011 at 10:54 am

Great to know Rhoda! I’m so glad others have lots of parks to enjoy, too! Let me know how it goes, I’d love to here all about the adventures! And the Lewis & Clark theme…I could totally get into!

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21 Megan May 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm

such a great idea!! tHANKS

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22 Sara May 30, 2011 at 10:54 am

You’re welcome Megan! Enjoy the playtime!

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23 Kara at The Chuppies June 1, 2011 at 1:57 am
24 Sara June 1, 2011 at 10:34 am

Thanks!

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25 Sarah at themommylogues June 1, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Great idea! After reading this I was just thinking it would be fun to make my girls a little park passport, and we could stamp/sticker every time we go to a new one!

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26 Sara June 1, 2011 at 5:50 pm

That’s a great idea!

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27 Sarah at themommylogues June 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Crazy! I went to my area park & rec website, and they already had a passport. So now we can print that off for summer!

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28 Becky June 1, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Everytime we move to a new area, my husband gets a list of the parks. We start at the top and work our way down. In fact, we have yet to go to the same park twice! It’s a wonderful way to explore your town/county.

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29 DawnJoy June 2, 2011 at 12:34 pm

My daughter is going to make a “Park Recommendations” Book over the summer. We will be doing what you are and listing them out and choosing what day we go to which park. She will take pictures and rate them in different categories. Thanks for the idea to invite friends along. Have fun!

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30 Sara June 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Thanks for sharing your ideas! As a former teacher, I think it would be a great thing to involve some “school” into the Summer Park tour!

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31 Michelle June 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I was just reading my new Family Fun magazine and noticed someone had written in about ” Summer Park Passport,” where they put pictures and wrote their favorite features. It made a kind of scrapbook for them by the end of the summer. For some reason I remembered this post and wanted to tell you about it. :)

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32 Sara June 4, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Thanks for thinking of me, Michelle! I just saw it in my magazine yesterday! Great minds think alike… :)

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33 Jill @ a mom with a lesson plan June 7, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I love it!!! I tried to do a “park adventure” last year. The plan was to get up early and pack the car with all the park essentials. We were going to hop in the car and drive to the first park we found. Then we would stay for 30 minutes and jump back in the car. The goal was to find as many parks as possible in one day.

The bummer was, we woke up that morning to wet roads and dripping trees. I was bound and determined, so we set out. My son was soaked after the first trip down the slide and the adventure came to an end! Looks like we have a new “park adventure” to plan and this time a little rain won’t kill the whole plan.

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34 Sara June 7, 2011 at 10:55 pm

That sounds like a fun idea too, Jill! You should totally try it again!

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