Headed to Charlotte for a 3 day weekend. Headed over on Friday and then on Saturday we went to the PGA Wells Fargo Championship.
On Friday when we arrived, we had lunch, visited the camera store that Steve has to always visit, and then had a little bit of time left to get a walk in. Most of my suggestions for walks were outside of Charlotte, so since it was getting late in the day, decided to go to Freedom Park in Charlotte. If I recall correctly, we walked close to 2 miles around the park. This is a very easy walk.
Freedom Park is a 98 acre park. It has ballfields, tennis courts, playgrounds, picnic shelters, walking trails, 7 acre lake, and more.
When you pull into the park, there are parking spaces immediately on your left. This is where we parked. We then took off down the sidewalk. There was a big creek on our left, but where everything was so green and grown up, couldn’t really see the creek. In the park, there are 3 bridges that cross the creek, so we checked out the creek from the bridges.
Continuing on, you’ll see playgrounds and a train on your right. We cut through this area and then crossed a little bridge that took us to another section of the park. You take the sidewalk across the bridge and you soon come to what is called Duck Pond. You can take this sidewalk all the way around the pond. Today there were alot of high school kids at the park having their prom photos made. Some kids had friends taking photos, other kids had professional photographers.
On the far end of Duck Pond, there is a fountain. The wind was blowing today, and the way that the water was blowing, you could see a rainbow in the spray. We took lots of shots of the fountain with the rainbow in hopes of getting at least 1 good shot. Steve got a pretty good shot, which I posted below. When you curve around the pond and head back the other way, there will be a bridge that crosses the creek that takes you to a nature museum. This was our 2nd visit to this park, but we’ve never visited the museum.
When heading back, when we walked across the little bridge that took you back to the section of the park with the playground and train. We turned right and crossed the bridge that crosses the creek and took the back side, back towards the car. You’re just basically walking on a paved path with woods on your right, and the creek on your left. But, as before, we couldn’t see the creek because of the growth. We then came to another bridge, turned left across it, then turned right and headed back to the car.
Here is a map of Freedom Park. http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/ParkandRec/Parks/ParksByRegion/Documents/freedom-1.pdf
Also, if you are curious how a train ended up in Freedom Park, here is an article that talks about that. http://clclt.com/theclog/archives/2013/04/05/question-the-queen-city-how-did-a-train-end-up-in-freedom-park
One last tid-bit of information. If you’re familiar with the movie, Shallow Hal…..Freedom Park is where the park scenes were shot for the movie.
Here are a few photos from today.
Freedom Park address: 1900 East Boulevard, Charlotte, NC
Taking off on our walk from the parking area. Creek is on our left behind the trees and bushes. The road that continues into the park on our right.
The train in the park
A bloom along the path
Duck Pond bridge
Continued on and turned around and took this shot back towards Duck Pond bridge. You can barely see it in the middle of the photo.
The fountain up ahead
This was the best rainbow effect shot that we ended up with
Looped back around and continuing on the sidewalk
Looks like a little rose
I’m assuming this is some sort of rose species
A group of high schoolers having their photos taken before prom
Cut-off to the nature museum. I believe there’s a charge to tour the museum.
View of the creek from the bridge that goes to the museum
One last shot of Duck Pond bridge