|7/17/2019 2:04:00 PM|
A walk in the park
There has been a bit of a buzz about Mountain Park these last few weeks, so we decided to check it out.
Paula and I took our dogs, Lady and Louie, to the park for an evening walk. What we found was one of the county's hidden gems.
It's not an easy park to find. The park's address found on the county's website shows: 59501 390th Street.
If you plug that address into Google maps, it takes you to a dead end gravel road which turns into a dirt and grass path as you pass a farm place. Don't go there.
The better route is this:
Take Highway 60 to the New Vision Elevator that's halfway between Mt. Lake and Butterfield.
Then take 600th Avenue, a gravel road, south 1.6 miles to a sign that says, "Mountain Park." Turn right on the half-mile park entrance road and you're there.
Once in the park, we found a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere. There is a shelter with picnic tables, restrooms, playground equipment, grills and all kinds of space for a ball game, frisbee, or simply for youngsters and pets to run around.
We walked the gravel road loop that wraps around the mountain (which is more like a steep hill). The loop road is in decent shape and they keep the park well mowed.
For us, it was a warm evening, but the park is loaded with mature trees, so there's lots of shade. A page 1 story by Janelle Kaye shares the park's impressive history.
I know there's a movement to fix up the park, maybe add some paint and update playground equipment. It seems like the county could also do a better job of promoting its parks and their locations. Why spend thousands of dollars each year on these parks if no one knows how to find them, or what they have to offer?
One other thing I would do at all our county parks is to build heavy duty story boards, like one sees at state parks.
If guests knew a bit more about this park's great history, maybe vandalism would be less of a problem.