Looking for a new place to play? There's a park in Hilliard that is a favorite with local residents. While it's not new, it is an example of the beauty that comes with age.
Looking for a new place to play? There's a park in Hilliard that is a favorite with local residents. While it's not new, it is an example of the beauty that comes with age. Celebrating 20 years of existence this year, Homestead Park has 44 acres with age-specific play spaces, beautiful pavilions, a covered bridge and a replica of a train station complete with a caboose. If it's sports you're after, try the basketball and volleyball courts, tether ball and even a horse shoe pit. Intertwined through it all is a three-quarter mile path for walking, running and biking. Desire a little recreation that doesn't require breaking a sweat? Anglers of all ages can enjoy a stocked pond full of blue gill and bass. All you need to bring is bait, since the park will supply the fishing pole if you don't have one (and the parks department confirmed for us that you don't need a fishing license from the state in order to fish there, even if you're a grown-up!). There is also an amphitheater that hosts outdoor performances during the summer and other special events year round. The kids can have their pick of four playgrounds. For the younger set, there is a train-themed toddler area complete with a giant sandbox and pre-school playground designed to look like a barn yard. Those who don't mind getting wet can engage in an old-fashioned squirt gun fight at the Fort Washington water park. Kids 5 years old and up can climb, tunnel, slide, swing or simply sit in a play space designed specifically for the older ones. Parents can oversee the activity from numerous shaded benches.