We visited "Depot Park" first. For you local folks, this park is basically the fountain in front of the train station (5th and Main).
The kids thoroughly enjoyed running around the fountain. Luke even wanted me to time him AND time his sister. Luke ran around the fountain in 5 seconds. Kate ran around it in 9 seconds, in case you're interested. One thing I LOVE about young kids is how easy it can be to entertain them (running).
I let the kids throw some pennies in the fountain. Luke & I had a great discussion about how throwing pennies in a fountain while making a wish does NOT make a wish come true. We then discussed how God gives us what we need. Pray to God rather than depend on wishes when throwing pennies in a fountain. But, throwing pennies in the fountain, regardless, was a good time for an almost 3 year-old and an almost 7 year-old.
Lastly, we read the plaque with the history. This fountain used to be a well with the city's only drinking water source for awhile (this was back in 1871). Believe it or not, Luke was fascinated by that fact, and I actually *think* he understood it. He said, "Boy -- that would've taken a lot of water pails".
Per Luke's and my discussion after our visit today....
Good about this park:
**Fun to throw pennies in the fountain
**Can watch trains
**Cool water would feel good on a hot day (despite the fact you do not swim in the fountain)
**Nice benches to sit on
Not-So-Good about this park:
**No picnic tables
**Quite a bit of traffic to hear
**No playground equipment