Park hopping on Labor Day holiday


Families and individual took advantage of the Labor Day holiday to visit Belleview Park and take part in activities ranging from relaxing under a tree to playing ball.

For example, about 100 members of Calvary Apostolic Church gathered under the shelter near the playground for a potluck dinner while, a short distance away, the Morace family found a shady spot to spread a blanket and barbecue grill.

The day was quite warm, so wading in Big Dry Creek attracted children and adults. Kaylynn Charbonneau got her feet wet as she kept a close eye on Logan Garcia while the 4-year-old splashed and played in the water.

“This is a great way to spend the day,” Charbonneau said. “My parents brought me to Belleview Park when I was little and now I am bringing Logan here so he can have fun.”

Centennial residents Mike and Rachael Phillips said they were driving by the park when their 5-year-old grandson saw the miniature train and wanted to ride it.

“I think we knew this park was here but we haven’t visited it in years,” Mike said. “It is such a nice facility and our grandson loves the train. We had all we could do to get him off after two rides.”

He said he is sorry to hear it was the last day for the train for the season, but said he and his wife will probably bring the 5-year-old back to Belleview Park because there are so many nice facilities for children and families.

As sunset approached, people began to leave. It was also time to put the train away for the winter, to close down the Children’s Farm and Pirates Cove Family Aquatic Park. But plans are to have all three attractions in top condition when it is time to open for the season on Memorial Day weekend next year.


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