In early March when we had a sudden uptick in temperatures and it seemed like spring was on the way, Peter and I decided to get into the habit of visiting a different park every week. We started with one that neither of us had ever been to, and it was huge and gorgeous and it was just so great to get out with the stroller and let Malcolm experience being outside without having to cover him up so much. Say what you will about Minnesota in the winter (and I will), come spring it is the best place on earth, and that’s partly because of how many beautiful parks there are. But don’t take my word for it: check out what Wikipedia has to say about the parks in Minneapolis:
Theodore Wirth is credited with the development of the parks system. Today, 16.6% of the city is parks and there are 770 square feet (72 m2) of parkland for each resident, ranked in 2008 as the most parkland per resident within cities of similar population densities. In its 2013 ParkScore ranking, The Trust for Public Land reported that Minneapolis had the best park system among the 50 most populous U.S. cities.
(I included the bit about Theodore Wirth because our wedding took place in a venue in the middle of Wirth Park, and we chose that as our most recent park adventure yesterday.)
Anyway. So far, we’ve been successful: a different park each week, and oh yes I have a hashtag for it– #weeklyparkadventure on Instagram. Also required is a selfie of whoever comes with us, and we’ve had special guest stars a couple times. And yes, I am creating a scrapbook about this, which I’m sure will be easily filled by the end of the summer.
The selfies so far:
Silverwood Park, 3/15
Arvig Park 3/19 (in Perham, MN)
Boom Island 3/28 with Sue and Carl (Peter’s parents)
Como Park 4/3
Windom Park 4/12. Had some technical issues with the autofocus. 🙂
Lake Harriet Rose Garden 4/18 with Annie, Tony and Kitt
Wirth Park 4/26