Location: Happily, right around the corner from the Dairy Queen
Approximate Age of Patrons: Mostly 6-8 year olds
Topics of Conversation: "I got some new shoes."
Stray Dogs Seen: None
Types of Vehicles in Parking Lots: Trucks and family vehicles
Perceived Safety: Very high
Number of Gunshots Heard: None
Dog Friendliness: It's not dog friendly
Number of pitbulls sighted: Just mine
Incorporation of Local History: None
Recommended Patrons: Ball players
The Joelton Park is mostly a bunch of ball fields, with a small playground and a couple of tennis courts. Sometimes, you can hit a ball field in this city and see men out there playing ball -- shoulders slick with sweat, forearms roped with muscles -- and you can stop and marvel.
Other times, it's you and 50 kids you aren't even related to.
And no offense to the 50 kids at the Joelton Park I'm not related to, but it's not that much fun to watch you.
I did see some teenagers playing tennis while smoking, which just seemed so retro and hilariously stupid that I had to laugh. Aw, kids. There will come a day when you can't run full-speed and smoke at the same time, so enjoy it while you can.
Anyway, I'm sure this is a fine park for ball-playing families, but as for whether it's worth a trek out just to see what's up in Joelton, I'm going to say: only if you stop for Dairy Queen first. There's nothing like soft serve on a beautiful day, with your dog at your side, watching other people's kids smoke and play tennis.
Otherwise, it's a fine park, but just not my thing.