If it's been a while since you've visited First Ward Park in the heart of uptown Charlotte -- or if you've never been before -- this novel climbing equipment is one more reason to make it a destination. And there are plenty of other reasons as well.
Imaginon, a destination in and of itself, and adjacent to 7th Street Public Market, where you can grab tasty dishes and treats. It's also next to a stop on the LYNX Blue Line, so you can ride the light rail train as part of your excursion.
If your kids are old enough to entertain themselves without hovering supervision, you can get in your own workout on a comprehensive set of adult exercise equipment.
Throughout the year, especially during the summer, the park hosts music, festivals and events.
And, again, the recent addition of the big, round spider web of a jungle gym. Great for the kids. (And, bonus: It's grown-up size, too!)
First Ward Park is located at 301 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC, 28202. On-street parking is available around the park ($0.25/15 minutes; 2 hour limit during business hours on weekdays. Free after 6:00 p.m. and on weekends). If you plan to visit the library, you can park at Imaginon and get your ticket validated. Or, you can park in the Seventh Street Station parking deck (they'll validate your parking ticket if you purchase something in the 7th Street Public Market). Or ride the LYNX blue line light rail!
Don't forget to pack:
- Sunscreen, hats and sunglasses: It's a wonderful park, but not a lick of shade.
- Change: You'll need coins for the parking meter during business hours.
- Picnic blanket, balls, skates, etc.: You can have plenty of fun sans equipment, but a few extras might enhance your visit.
- Bathing suits and towels: If it's warm enough for a splash in the fountains. They run year-round.