A Day At Liberty Park

In June we visited family in Utah and spent a day at Liberty Park. It is in the heart of Salt Lake City. The park has recently undergone a renovation. They have added a wading area and new playground equipment to the existing bird aviary and carnival rides. The police are patrolling more often and now families are visiting the park again. Before it was too scary, with drunks and drug users frequenting the park for parents to bring their children. We had such a great day that I want to share it. Maybe it will encourage you to take your child to the park and spend an enjoyable day together too.

Playing at the Playground
We began by playing at the playground designed for children of all abilities. The play structure has ramps for children in wheelchairs, a sprinkler area, sand box, and music area containing a large xylophone and musical pipes. There are also swings that are large plastic chairs on chains. There are similar parks around the country. Between the slides and swings we ate a picnic lunch.

on the tire swing

Riding the Rides
Since my mother was a child (she grew up just a few blocks from the park) there have been rides at the park. For a small charge the kids rode a merry-go-round, Ferris wheel, airplanes, and cars. As we went around the first time my two-year-old hid her face in my arm, but by the end she wanted to go again.

riding the planes

Feeding the Ducks
Liberty Park has a large pond that is used by paddleboats and is home to many ducks and geese. We brought some bread and the kids enjoyed throwing the bread into the water and watching the birds gobble it up. I loved watching their faces light up when their piece of bread was eaten. They were so sad when all the bread was gone.

feeding the birds

Wading in the Pools
We finished up the day by changing the kids into their swimming suits and letting them wade in the Seven Canyons pool. The wading pool has seven small streams that run into it representing the seven canyons that feed the Great Salt Lake. The kids had a great time walking down the canyons and splashing in the wading pool.

in the wading pool

As we left I wished that the park had been nicer when I was a child. But at least I get to see the joy on my children’s faces as they explore the wonders of Liberty Park.

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About Teresa McEntire

Teresa McEntire grew up in Utah the oldest of four children. She currently lives in Kuna, Idaho, near Boise. She and her husband Gene have been married for almost ten years. She has three children Tyler, age six, Alysta, four, and Kelsey, two. She is a stay-at-home mom who loves to scrapbook, read, and of course write. Spending time with her family, including extended family, is a priority. She is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and currently works with the young women. Teresa has a degree in Elementary Education from Utah State University and taught 6th grade before her son was born. She also ran an own in-home daycare for three years. She currently writes educational materials as well as blogs for Families.com. Although her formal education consisted of a variety of child development classes she has found that nothing teaches you better than the real thing. She is constantly learning as her children grow and enjoys sharing that knowledge with her readers.