One of the many reasons I was sad to leave Fargo was that we were surrounded by parks. We had three in walking distance from our house, and many other ones we loved to visit. I worried our new town would leave us feeling slighted in the Outdoor Recreation for Kids category.
Turns out J-town has some great parks. We've visited a new one almost every day after school and have found something to like about each of them. While we do miss the baseball fields across the street, we've been pleased to find large grassy areas where we can play baseball, plus some pretty sweet play playgrounds.
Most of the playgrounds here have a mix of colorful new plastic equipment and sweet rusty old metal stuff. Some moms would shudder at that (and I probably will the first time one of them causes us an ER visit), but we all know the old stuff is way more fun, right?
Metal slides, so long as they don't burn you, are way faster. Weird monkey bar cages can keep little boys busy for a long time. And it turns out the whole family enjoys the merry-go-rounds! I have been impressing the kids to no end with my vast knowledge of '80s playground equipment. Dizzy maker, anyone?
Well done, Jamestown Parks department. So far, we're fans!