Hello fellow weplayers! Shannon here with new updates from the field. Not far from our place of residence we find ourselves at a small park by the name of Avenue Terrace Park. Upon arrival you notice dozen of kids running to and fro playing with each other while their parents sit on the benches nearby. With sand boxes and play equipment at the entrance for the little ones there are basketball courts right behind them for the more mature, older children. Then, directly behind the courts is a large grass field good for a game of soccer or even some old fashioned kite flying. But before we departed, we found out from one of the mothers that this park is actually called Jordan park as it lies on Jordan St. "No one" calls it by its city given name.
Interestingly enough, down the street is another park, or rather a school with with plenty of space for children to frolic and play games of the imagination. This park is equipped with all the usuals, a wide open field, some basketball courts, play equipment in a sandbox, everything you need for a day at the park. This park added something else, and with a bit of flair i might add. It has a recreation center, which is fully decorated and painted on the outside to attract the eyes of litte kids. With these two parks so close this is an ideal area for any parent to take their young ones.
Piedmont is definitely not your average park. When you first arrive you'll notice a very elegant entrance and with a unique play set on the side. Although it is very pretty to look at, there is not much there at first glance. But upon walking further into the park you discover a world that you wouldn't expect. Piedmont Park is truly a forest with a park built into it. After you make your way past the entrance you find yourself on a path with a tree canopy above you. if you follow the path to your left it will lead you to a raised hill with two tennis courts upon it. These courts are located in a very tranquil location and gives you an excellent view of the park below. Both the path and canopy continue for about a mile towards the right (starting from the entrance) branching off into different paths taking you every which way. in the midst of the paths and trees is a small creek giving even more life to this ever so luscious park. Following the paths, me and Arthurhear all kinds of birds and creatures stirring and many people walking their on paths all around us.
Finally, out of breath, Arthur and I reach the bottom of the path and boy was it worth it. at the bottom there a small jungle gym, but right beyond that is a glorious field. The field is made of turf, perfect for soccer and football. Surrounding the field is turf track and both the field and track are in the midst of an arena. We talked with some kids we found playing a pick up game of soccer and one of them showed us how he practices is shot. This park is definitely perfect for practices your skills, watching a game, hanging out with friends, or even just walking the dog.
Last Upon our trip, but not least was Oakland Davie Tennis Stadium. Our route to the stadium to us through a neighborhood full of twist and turns, and then, at the end of a culdesac is a tiny gate just big enough for a car to fit through. Beyond the gates lies a cottage-like building. But upon approaching the house you find a set of five lighted tennis courts with a tennis center, not a house. This tennis club is small and cozy, but full of players and potential. Every player was hitting fastballs up the line, a difficult feat if you've ever played the game before. We spoke with Larry Atkins, the new director of the tennis club and learned a few insights about the club; which by the way I should let you know, you're going to have to spend sixty plus hours a week to be a tennis coach, in case you were planning on it. But all in all The Davie Stadium is an excellent place to pick up a racket and try your hand at tennis; Highly recommended. Hopefully we'll be seeing him and his team on Weplay.
A & S