Analise, our granddaughter, had an exciting morning at her school, Triad Baptist Christian Academy, participating in Field Day. Playing outside all morning on a sunny Carolina day would normally tire out anyone, but this young lady wanted to join her friends and cousins for lunch and more play at the Fourth of July Park in Kernersville, NC. Of course, all of the other kids were boys leaving Analise the center of attention during the entire playtime.
The Fourth of July Park has a new playground area on a rubberized surface, several shelters, and picnic tables, walking paths, bridges over a small creek and a unique musical device on the path. Trees are marked with the type of tree it is along with a description. The playground is broken up into three areas: under 3-year old playset, a swing area and the main playground equipment.
To say the kids had fun jumping from one activity to another would be an understatement. They had a blast! And no kid was left out of the play whether it was climbing and sliding on the playset, swinging on the swings, or running around the creek area.
And of course, they did not want to stop for lunch nor did they want to leave a the end of the day. If you have youngsters, need a playground that is partly shaded, want an open area to see the kids, want to help them learn about the different trees and just relax under the shade of a picnic shelter, then Fourth of July park is a great place to go.
From watching the kids…. “go full out and include your friends.” The smiles, laughter, energy, consensus-play, and exuberance displayed by the kids needs to be embraced by everyone. The world would be such a better place for it.
- Link: https://kvparks.com/parks/fourth-of-july-park/
- Location: 702 W Mountain St, Kernersville, NC 27284
- Cost: None. If you want to reserve a shelter the cost is between $40-80 depending on which shelter you choose.
- What did the kids like/dislike: Playground and creek hopping. The playground is set in a soft rubber surface making falls easier to bear and is partially shaded most of the day. The kids enjoy jumping from one activity to another and then going to the “tire” swing and riding it back and forth.
- Kids opinion of it: Thumbs up from the kids.
- What to do: play on the playground, walk/run on the paths, creek hop/investigate, skateboard/bike park, basketball, and tennis.
- New places to eat along the way: None today however with large groups, pizza can be ordered and delivered to the park.
- Discoveries: Musical instruments on the walkway
- Difficulty of getting around: none. Most paths are smooth, paved, and 4 feet wide with gentle up and downhill grades. There are a couple of gravel paths, which would prove difficult for anyone in a wheelchair or using a walker.
- Return?: Yup…great place to run around and use any excess energy 😉
- Restrooms: A bathroom exists near the playground area and one is available by the basketball courts. Both were found to be clean and well stocked with necessary supplies.
- Parking: easy and plentiful parking is found on both sides of the park