I took my eldest to a 4-H summer sewing camp in Chickasha.
Now Chickasha is just far enough from me that it didn’t make sense to go home. The camp was four hours long. I had two smallish kids with me.
One day it rained. We hit the library. Now, it was all right, but I’ve been spoiled by our favorite library, at Mustang, and so the kids area didn’t last us nearly long enough at Chickasha.
Then we headed for the parks.
There are sooo many parks in Chickasha. According to the City of Chickasha website, Chickasha Parks and Recreation Department has over 2,000 acres of land in the Parks System which includes seven park sites, one swimming pool, one recreation center, one community center, six tennis courts, four softball fields, one football field, eight baseball fields, seven covered picnic pavilions, fishing at Shannon Springs Park for persons under 16, over 65 or handicapped, agility course, ADA accessible walking path, three basketball courts, one lake with camping, fishing, hunting and recreation areas.
That’s a lot of parks.
They don’t even mention that this includes two splash pads and a skate park.
The website, which informative to a point, doesn’t give directions to all of the parks. That’s not cool.
But I’ll tell you what I know.
The awesome wooden park is Centennial Park. It’s in the 600 block of West Texas Avenue. This playground is so stinkin’ cool, it should have been crawling with kids.
We were the only ones there. It had an almost ghost town feel, and it looked a little neglected. There was some graffiti. That’s a shame because I remember when the community came together to build this great ADA compliant park. People volunteered and got this thing built. I don’t know why no one was here. Maybe it is some kind of drug user hangout and I just don’t know. Didn’t see anyone creepy…didn’t see anyone. Kids had fun anyway.
We also like the Shannon Springs Park. This is THE park in Chickasha. It’s got the pond and the splash pad and the playground and the little kids’ area and all the fun stuff. This is the one that has the big light display at Christmas. This is the good one.
Even a real, honest-to-goodness old-fashioned metal merry-go-round. Craziness.
Those are the only two parks we went to that week, but we also like Borden Park (the skate park is here) at the east side of Borden Park just off of 18th Street, and the Washita Valley Park, which they don’t have directions to, but basically when you’re downtown Chickasha, you sort of go east to the train tracks and then go south for a while. It’s got some cool old-fashioned playground equipment and another splash pad.
There’s also a newish sports park that isn’t of much interest to those looking for playgrounds and non-organized fun. The Chickasha website says there are more parks: Twelve and Alabama Park, Austin Park (which has no address listed), and Richie Park (also no address). Anyone know these parks? Are they fun?