For those of you that haven't discovered the new…or new last year…wading pool at Wabun Picnic Area, you are in for a treat. The park is a little hidden away. If you aren't on your way to the vetrans home, you probably wouldn't even notice it exists. Perhaps you've noticed folks playing frisbee golf as you head accross the Ford Bridge? Well just beyond them is the park. There are two playgrounds, numberous pavillions, restrooms, and one great wading pool.
The pool features a zero-entrance beach like boarder that allows for the smallest of toddlers to experiment with splashing in the water. The center of the pool has a large structure pumping out water falls, and there are two other areas with water jetting up several feet in the air. Word is that Hiawatha's wading pool is going under a similar transformation.
For the kids – dare to visit a MPRB rec center and have a howling good time this Halloween…..HAVE FUN AND BE SAFE!
Keewaydin Park, 3030E. 53rd St.
Saturday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m. – Haunting Fun welcomes ghosts, goblins, witches and every other haunter come for some tricks and treats, a coloring contest, crafts and more. Free; no pre-registration required. Call 612-370-4956 for more information.
McRae Park, 906 E. 47th St.
Saturday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m. – Spooky Fun at McRae Park features games, treat bags and more. Open to everyone, but especially the younger goblins. Free; no pre-registration required. Call 612-370-4909 for more information.
Minnehaha Falls Park, 4801 S. Minnehaha Park Dr.
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2-4 p.m. – Minne-ha-ha Falls of Fun Halloween is a family event with kid-friendly musical entertainment, hayrides, creepy crawly creatures to check out (courtesy of the Park Board Naturalist Program) fortune-telling, marshmallow roasting, and a trail full of costumed characters for trick-or-treat. $2 per person; pre-register online at any south Minneapolis park, at www.minneapolisparks.org, or pay the day of the event. Call 612-370-4923 for more information.
Pearl Park 414 E. Diamond Lake Rd.
Friday, October 30, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Preschool Halloween Party featuring a western-style ghost town. Come dressed in costumes for a tour of the “I Spy” room, craft project, games and concessions (small fee), all set up like the Wild, Wild West. Join the costume parade at 12:15 p.m. $2 per person; pre-registration is required at www.minneapolisparks.org – Recreation Centers – Pearl Park. Call 612-370-4906 for more information.
Sibley Park, 1900 E. 40th St.
Friday, Oct. 30, 4-5:30 p.m. – Rec Plus Halloween Party for 12-year-olds and under with plenty of tricks and treats. Free; no pre-registration required. Call 612-370-4954 for more information.
The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships return again to Lake Nokomis this weekend (January 23-25), and it sounds like an icy blast of arctic air will arrive just in time to scare away any thin skinned spectators. The website for the event even includes safety tips for cold weather!
And remember, it was warm weather than brought the tournament to Lake Nokomis in 2007 from Lake Calhoun. The ice just wasn't good enough after the mild winter. We're glad to see them back here for a third year. I bet the new Caribou will do a lot of business this weekend. If you want to help out a local coffee shop, try crossing over the lake to Nokomis Beach Coffee. Great coffee and locally baked pastries will surely warm you up. Plus hot soup and sandwiches!
The flowering trees along Minnehaha Parkway are in full bloom! Take a detour this week to see the dozens of bright pink trees. Better yet, take a ride along the Parkway the day after a storm or particularly windy day. The fallen blossoms collect in mounds aside the curb like pink snow drifts. Don’t miss them before they’re gone until next year!
Well not yet…but it’s only a matter of time before the right winger in this photo melts into Minnehaha Creek and then shoots over the falls and down to the Mississippi. Of course, NHL hockey season will continue on into the summer. I prefer nature’s rules: When the ice melts…the season’s over!
Did you catch it this morning? The weather report on the Today Show was from in front of the frozen falls. Unfortunately, the jerk who tagged the ice with neon orange graffiti also got himself on national TV. Jerk! Fortunately, your tag will melt away before long.