Yuma parks have lots to of­fer

Yuma Sun - Raising Yuma Families - - WHAT’S INSIDE... - FROM STAFF RE­PORTS

Yuma has plen­ti­ful sun­shine, blue skies and clear days. And for chil­dren, what bet­ter way to en­joy that great out­door weather than by hit­ting one of Yuma’s amaz­ing parks?

In fact, there are a plethora of parks sprin­kled through and around Yuma.

The crown jewel is likely the West Wet­lands Park, 282 N. 12th Ave., which is home to the Cas­tle Park (Ste­wart Vin­cent Wolfe Cre­ative Play­ground). While the Cas­tle Park is an amaz­ing space, the park of­fers rich en­vi­ron­ments for fun and ex­plo­ration. There are beaches along the Colorado River, a so­lar demon­stra­tion gar­den, a but­ter­fly and hum­ming­bird gar­den, a bur­row­ing owl habi­tat, trails, a disc golf course, a pond and more.

Some­times, though, it’s fun to get out and ex­plore other parks.

Smucker Park, lo­cated at Av­enue A and 28th Street, has some­thing for ev­ery­one, with play­ground equip­ment, work­out sta­tions and a walk­ing path. And since the park wraps up and around a hill, that path has a lit­tle ex­tra kick to it.

Vic­to­ria Mead­ows Park, at 23rd Street and 20th Drive, is a ter­rific lit­tle gem of a neigh­bor­hood park, with shaded play­ground equip­ment, bar­be­cues and open play spa­ces.

San­guinetti Park of­fers play­ground equip­ment for chil­dren of all ages, plus ra­madas, lighted vol­ley­ball courts, pic­nic ta­bles and re­strooms. Lo­cated at 8th Av­enue and 23rd Street, the park also has large open spa­ces and field ar­eas.

There are over 30 parks in the city of Yuma, which can make for a fun ad­ven­ture. Pick a park a day, and tour your way around the city to ex­plore all that the area has to of­fer. To see a full list of parks and lo­ca­tions, visit http://www.yu­maaz. gov/parks-and-re­cre­ation/lo­ca­tions. html.

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