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Park Explorer – Timbercreek Park

Today’s post is part of a 52-week series on exploring parks all over the place. Enjoy!

Well … here’s a great example of why I generally avoid making public resolutions for the New Year: I’m never as consistent as I intend, and this series is no exception. I originally intended to post an article about a new park every Friday … and I’m clearly not fulfilling that resolution. BUT! I love sharing my park explorations, so I’m just going to throw out the weekly pressure on myself and I’ll just post when we visit a new park.

Know of any cool parks that Heidi & I should go explore? Share with me!!!

Aaaanyways – this post is about a park we go to ALL. THE. TIME. since it’s close to us, but I love it for all it’s simplicity, so I’m sharing it with you!

Timbercreek Park is a fun little rinky-dink playground nestled out of the way within the Timbercreek subdivision at the end of Park Drive in Benbrook, TX. At first glance, there really isn’t much to this park. But that’s exactly what makes it such a wonderful place to visit: it’s a quiet place to enjoy pretty much anytime.

Whole Park Shot

View of the playground from the picnic area.

There’s a simple, no-frills {read: “no swings”} playground that is well-worn by the local middle-school kids {though you’ll never see them in daylight}, tennis court, basketball court, practice soccer field, wooded picnic areas with tables and open grills, and a paved walking path that meanders across a large, open field to  a footbridge that connects to the neighborhood behind the park.

Another cool thing is that the Benbrook Public Library is within walking distance of Timbercreek Park, so we generally do both. Makes for a fantastic afternoon!

Lots of Room to Run

Plenty of space for running!

This place is also conveniently located just off of I-20 – super easy to find! But also here’s a map:

Previous posts in this series:

Trinity Trails: River Park Water Feature

Trinity Trails: Meadows West Park

Trinity Trails: Oakmont Park

Trinity Trails: Art Cowsen Trailhead

Park Explorer: Let’s Go Outside!

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Trinity Trails – River Park Water Feature

Today’s post is part of a 52-week series on exploring parks all over the place. Enjoy!

The Trinity Trails system is probably the best all-around amazing place in the greater Fort Worth area for exploring. Not only is it a breathtaking way to see the city and its outlying areas, it is also free. Here at the Blogospherical Explorer, we are all about free. Especially if it’s beautiful. [And there’s a lot of beautiful + free to be found in and around Fort Worth!] You’ll see new parts of the Trails in each new post.

Just like last week‘s featured park, the water feature is really what makes this spot so nice! Although it doesn’t have any playground equipment, the area is perfect for walking, running, or cycling. Personally, I’ve been down to this park many times with Josh … it’s a beautiful place for a romantic stroll since it seems to always be either very busy or empty. I like watching the serious cyclists racing past the little families out looking for some sunshine. It is just so perfectly nostalgic.

For easy access, use the parking lot located underneath the bridge on the northwest side of the river. You have to take the River Park exit from Highway 183 (Southwest Parkway), and loop all the way around (you’ll take two forced U-turns) until you find the parking lot under the bridge by the river.

Also, there’s a beautiful overlook on the other side of the river at the top of the hill. It’s a great place for a simple date or a quick stop on a trail ride. You can get there via the low-water crossing, or just park on Bellaire Dr. on the other side of the river (exit Bryant Irvin Rd. from Highway 183, stay on the feeder road, then turn left at the dead end and park right there).

If you’d like to do some of your own exploring, you can find a full map of the Trinity Trails system at their official website.

Previous posts in this series:

Park Explorer: Let’s Go Outside!

Trinity Trails: Art Cowsen Trailhead

Trinity Trails: Oakmont Park

Trinity Trails: Meadows West Park

Trinity Trails – Meadows West Park

Today’s post is part of a 52-week series on exploring parks all over the place. Enjoy!

IMG_0318The Trinity Trails system is probably the best all-around amazing place in the greater Fort Worth area for exploring. Not only is it a breathtaking way to see the city and its outlying areas, it is also free. Here at the Blogospherical Explorer, we are all about free. Especially if it’s beautiful. [And there’s a lot of beautiful + free to be found in and around Fort Worth!] You’ll see new parts of the Trails in each new post.

Josh gave me a Canon Rebel T3i for Christmas, and I’ve been having a blast playing with it! Hopefully it’ll give me better pictures than I’ve been able to get with my cell phone camera … so yeah, the bar isn’t set too high, but you should see some improvement anyway. =)

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So my favorite thing at this park is definitely the water feature. I’m not quite comfortable calling it a waterfall since it’s pretty slow during the dry months and I don’t want to mislead anyone. Still, it’s a beautifully peaceful place to go and I highly recommend it.

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If you’d like to do some of your own exploring, you can find a full map of the Trinity Trails system at their official website.

Previous posts in this series:

Park Explorer: Let’s Go Outside!

Trinity Trails: Art Cowsen Trailhead

Trinity Trails: Oakmont Park

Trinity Trails – Oakmont Park

I’m showing you a new park every Friday in 2013. That’s 52 parks (and other outdoorsy spaces) you’ll get to discover with me over the next year! In return, I’d love it if you’ll share your explorations with me!

The Trinity Trails system is probably the best all-around amazing place in the greater Fort Worth area for exploring. Not only is it a breathtaking way to see the city and its outlying areas, it is also free. Here at the Blogospherical Explorer, we are all about free. Especially if it’s beautiful. [And there’s a lot of beautiful + free to be found in and around Fort Worth!] You’ll see new parts of the Trails in each new post.

2012-12-07 12.25.01Oakmont Park is located off of Bellaire Drive in southwestern Fort Worth (Benbrook area) just off the Trinity Trails.

Oakmont Park

This park is a true gem. It is very easily accessible, yet the park is clean and quiet. The playground equipment is pristine! Also, as the mother of a toddler under the age of 2, I love that the playground is divided into two parts – the bigger part for older kids, and a smaller, simpler section for small toddlers. Genius!

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Oakmont Park also has lots of open space to run, play a game, or fly a kite!

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The walking trails meander through trees and over two scenic bridges, and each bridge provides access to the two Oakmont parking lots.

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Helpful hint: the south parking lot is located a little ways away from the playground area, so if you’re in the mood for a walk, it’s a wonderful stroll. However, if you’re toting a hungry 17-month-old child, diaper bag, and Chik-Fil-A lunch for two, I’d recommend the north parking lot. 😉

If you’d like to do some of your own exploring, you can find a full map of the Trinity Trails system at their official website.

Previous posts in this series:
Park Explorer: Let’s Go Outside!
Trinity Trails: Art Cowsen Trailhead

Trinity Trails: Art Cowsen Trailhead at Pecan Valley Park

I’m showing you a new park every Friday in 2013. That’s 52 parks (and other outdoorsy spaces) you’ll get to discover with me over the next year! In return, I’d love it if you’ll share your explorations with me!

We’re kicking off the Park Explorer 52-week series with a progressive exploration of the Trinity Trails system. You’ll see new parts of the Trails in each post.

The Trinity Trails system is probably the best all-around amazing place in the greater Fort Worth area for exploring. Not only is it a breathtaking way to see the city and its outlying areas, it is also free.

Here at the Blogospherical Explorer, we are all about free. Especially if it’s beautiful. {And there’s a lot of Beautiful & Free to be found in and around Fort Worth!}

Art Townsend Trailhead

The Art Cowsen Trailhead at Pecan Valley Park is located in Benbrook, right at the Winscott elbow.

Memorial Oak Park

It’s a perfect location for a bicyclist or jogger to start – you can take the trails southwest to Benbrook Lake or northeast into downtown Fort Worth.

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This park also has plenty of picnic tables and barbeque grills – lots of room for a crowd! I’ve seen people throw birthday parties and host family picnics out here. Lots of room to kick a ball or play two-hand touch. It’s an absolutely beautiful setting for any gathering.

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Also, for you explorers, there is a great little loop off the official Trails. You can access this quiet little footpath via a footbridge spanning the Trinity River {although the bridge isn’t very childproof and it’d be quite a fall – so hang onto your little ones!}.

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We refer to this spot as The Secret Forest, even though it’s not a huge secret. It just feels so secluded and hidden!

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This place would be perfect for playing Capture the Flag or Hide-and-Seek – or any game that requires a LOT of hiding spots!

You can find more information about the Trinity Trails System at their official website: www.TrinityTrails.org/ {including detailed maps of the Trails; they run all over the metroplex – and so should you!}

Do you have some creative ideas for how to use this Beautiful & Free space? Leave them in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

If you’d like to do some of your own exploring, you can find a full map of the Trinity Trails system at their official website.

Previous posts in this series:
Park Explorer: Let’s Go Outside!

Park Explorer: Let’s Go Outside!

Living here in North Texas, we enjoy access to plenty of parks and recreational areas. Having moved to the area a few years ago, I’m still in the process of discovering new parks in the area.

At various times, as I’ve gone through the process of finding new places to explore, it’s occured to me that other people may not be aware of the beautiful spaces that lie hidden just around the corner from their home.

The intent of this series is to help you find some beautiful places to explore.

Just take a deep breath ...

The Marsh Boardwalk at The Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge; Image courtesy of BirdersLounge.com

Get your family, your friends, and yourself outside! The physical and emotional benefits of simply being outside surrounded by oxygen and green plants are virtually endless.

An article by Education.com, “How Does Being Outside Help My Child Stay Healthy?” specifically discusses the benefits of the outdoors for grade school children, which include:

  • Lower levels of behavioral conduct disorders.
  • Less anxiety.
  • Less depression.
  • A higher sense of self-worth.
  • Quicker recovery from stressful life events.

And if you’re a parent of any grade school children, you know that these benefits are directly transferrable to you. Happier kids means happier parents.

Even if you don’t have children, the benefits of being outside abound. According to the Harvard Health Letter, spending time outdoors is good for you, and lists the following potential benefits:

  • You’ll get more Vitamin D
  • You’ll get more exercise
  • You’ll be happier
  • You’ll be able to concentrate better
  • You may even heal faster

So bottom line: it’s time to get outside and start enjoying life!

In the spirit of the season (time to start thinking about those New Year’s Resolutions!), I’m resolving to show you a new park every Friday in 2013. That’s 52 parks you’ll get to discover with me over the next year! In return, I’d love it if you’ll share your explorations with me!

Happy Halloween!

Well, Fall is definitely upon us! Summers here in Texas are long and brutal, so I am especially excited about the upcoming turn of the leaves and drop of the temperature (although, ask me in a few months, and you’ll probably hear me pining for warm summer afternoons in the sun).

Now that I’m a mama, the seasons, holidays, and festivals take on a whole new meaning. It’s my little girl’s very first time to explore the tastes, textures, and traditions of the season, and I want to do everything I can to make it special for her.

Signs of Fall

As many mothers know, the blogosphere is rich with tips, tricks, and ideas for any occasion, and my quick search for a toddler-appropriate fall-flavored activity brought up a Disney Baby Blog article: “Pumpkin Fun for Babies and Toddlers.”

Side note: If you’ve never been to DisneyBaby.com, you’re seriously missing out. They have so much good information over there.

So we headed out to the nursery to find a pumpkin (or three) …

Picking out a pumpkin with Heidi

The trip to the nursery was an event all its own – all the colors of fall bursting on display inspired memories of seasons past.

And then it hit. The Meltdown. You know the kind I’m talking about. The howling and the shrieking and the drooly-snot and the careful throwing-down of oneself onto unforgiving concrete while Mommy angry-whispers “Stop. IT.

Which reminds me of an important point.

Let’s be real here for a minute: for all of your best work and preparation, we are discussing toddler activities. So there are toddlers involved. So things are going to be a little imperfect. Revel in the imperfection. Take a deep breath and put all of the Good Housekeeping images out of your mind. It will only drive you crazy, and you’ll end up missing these few precious moments of beautiful chaos.

Besides, it’s amazing what a couple teething tablets and a two-hour nap will do.