Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Joelton Park: A Review

Posted By on Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 8:56 AM

In short:

click to enlarge It looked like every little kid in Joelton was on this field practicing throws and catches.
  • It looked like every little kid in Joelton was on this field practicing throws and catches.

Location: Happily, right around the corner from the Dairy Queen

Crowds: Large

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

Accessibility: Good

Incorporation of Local History: None

Recommended Patrons: Ball players

click to enlarge I did see one very strange thing. In the woods between the park and the school was this ring of logs.
  • I did see one very strange thing. In the woods between the park and the school was this ring of logs.

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.

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