The short story on how this park came to be involves the previous owner approaching my brothers in law about developing it. Recognizing it's potential as a park, they instead negotiated a deal in which the land could be purchased through a combination of public and private funds. Some of that private fund part came from their own pockets as a legacy to their beloved father.
Lots of other people supported and assisted the effort and eventually a dream became reality.
I think it's safe and accurate to say that the park would not exist if those two men had not seized the day over a decade ago.
I'm very proud of them and grateful too.
Here's the ribbon cutting.
A big chunk of that crowd is my wife's immediate family.
There was a kayak outfitter on hand for the opening and every so often a kayak would drift around a bend as we walked the very long boardwalk through the 'Cotee River floodplain forest.
Emma and Corinne met up with two of their idols.
They had all kinds of activities for young children, from lady bug releases and bird feeder building to pictures with fuzzy celebrities.
Happily, the only sounds of construction on this beautiful piece of land was the sound of munchkins building bird feeders.
Isn't that refreshing.