The 19-acre Independence Park stretches from Charlottetowne Ave. down to Clement Ave. and is bisected by Hawthorne Ave. in between. It's one of our favorite "pocket parks." Here's why:
Hawthorne's Pizza (1701 E. Seventh St.) just across the street from the park and enjoy dinner al fresco. One of our favorite spots is by the reflecting pool at the edge of the park that borders Hawthorne Ave. Built in 1931, this beautiful stone feature is a memorial to 21-year-old camp counselor Lillian Arhelger, who fell to her death in an attempt to save a Charlotte Girl Scout from falling over the Glen Burnie Falls in Blowing Rock, NC.
Here's everything you need to know about StoryWalk. The latest book on display is "The Ugly Vegetables," by Grace Lin.
Master Gardener volunteers to teach gardening skills to folks in the community. Herbs and vegetables grown here are given to Urban Ministry Center's Soup Kitchen.
How to get there:
Parking is available at 300 Hawthorne Ave., adjacent to Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School. There's also a small lot at the lower end of the park off of Park. Dr. between Lamar Ave. and Clement Ave. Here's a park map.
What to bring:
- Comfortable shoes: Might as well stroll the grounds from rose garden to baseball field.
- Riding toys: Paved paths are great for bikes, skates, scooters and strollers.
- Water: There are no restroom facilities to refill.
- Snacks: Or a bit of money to grab food from a nearby restaurant -- and there are plenty to choose from.