Column: Enjoy Parks and Recreation month at Westfield parks

Commentary by Zach Burton

Summer is in full swing, and there are countless ways to get out and enjoy Westfield’s parks, especially during July, which is National Parks and Recreation Month. Here are five ways you can take advantage of our parks:

Trails – Having great parks is one thing. But having a great way to get from one park to another is even better. Thanks to Westfield’s trails system, you can easily get from park to park on your bike or on foot. The city’s trails system includes more than 85 miles of walkable and rideable trails.

Nature – Put down your iPad, Kindle or laptop. With 11 great parks in Westfield’s parks system, there’s plenty of the natural world to see. Stop by Liberty Park to see wetland wildlife. If you’re a horse lover, saddle up at Raymond Worth Park, which includes horse trails and natural grasses in a quiet, serene area.

History – Westfield’s parks aren’t just for running and jumping. If you’re a history lover, stop by Old Friends Cemetery Park and learn about Westfield’s founders. You can also visit Asa Bales Park to visit the Anti-Slavery Friends Cemetery and read all about the Rhodes family on the historical marker, located just off Hoover Street.

Accessibility – Westfield’s parks are for everyone! Specifically, check out Freedom Trail Park, which includes handicap accessible swings, a sensory garden and an interactive wind chime. The Hamilton County Autism Support Group worked with the City of Westfield during the park’s design to ensure the features included are ones that children with autism would prefer.

Events –Aside from the popular Westfield Rocks the 4th, this summer will feature the Movies in the Park series, the second Amigos de Westfield, Summer Bingo Brunch and Seeds of Knowledge. For more, visit enjoywestfieldevents.com.

For more on parks, visit westfield.in.gov/parks.