Thursday, November 14, 2019

Hidden Parks: Midwood Park

I've never been to Plaza Midwood without getting at least a little bit lost. While part of the neighborhood's charm lies in its tilted, looping and rolling street grid, it does make a visit there a kind of maze-like adventure. Which is why I always breath a little sigh of relief when we manage to find the park, located in the heart of the neighborhood. It's a fantastic little secret, and I sometimes wonder if the city planners conspired to keep it that way.

Midwood Park has a little something for everyone. The large, recently renovated playground caters to kids of all ages. Between the swings and the climbing structures, it'll keep them busy for hours.

There's a nice, covered picnic shelter that can be reserved for groups and parties, or serves as a nice place for a snack break on a hot, busy day.

At one far end of the park is an outdoor amphitheater, where concerts and events are frequently held. At the other end is a small, quiet community garden. And up the hill and along the perimeters of the park are a soccer/multipurpose field, tennis court and basketball court.

The parking lot is small, but there is plenty of space on nearby streets. Here's a park map.

I'd wager you're not likely to stumble on Midwood Park if you're not looking for it, but it is worth taking the time to find it when you want to try something new.

How to get there:
Midwood Park is located at 2100 Wilhelmina Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28205.

Don't forget to pack:
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Tennis, basketball or soccer gear
  • Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Water and snacks or a picnic lunch

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