Sonora Park, Kennedale
Today, March 30th, is National Take A Walk In A Park Day, and, as such, it seems the perfect day to tell you about Sonora Park in Kennedale. We spent a fun and exciting day there during our recent Spring Break.
While we had lots of activities and trips planned during Spring Break, we also set aside a day at the park to just let the kids run, play, ride bikes and explore!
About The Park:
Built in 2011 and located at 263 S. New Hope Rd in Kennedale, the 22 acre park was made possible by a grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife. Click HERE for more information on the park, maps and upcoming events.
The park sits on the former site of the Kennedale Brick Works, which made high quality bricks from the local clay soil from the 1880’s until about 1920. A sample of the brick is on display in the park.
The paved trail, under a mile long, winds through the park and around the lake. It offers a great place for younger kids to ride their bikes, most of it open areas where you can watch them!
My oldest son took his roller blades, and my daughter and her friend took their skateboards for riding along the trail. I enjoyed just walking along behind them on a pretty Spring-like day!
The nice duck pond set in the middle of the park offers a great place to take the kids fishing! Enjoy fishing along the banks or from the fishing pier. My son caught several perch, which are lots of fun for younger children.
Don’t forget to bring something for the ducks and geese at the park. A good choice is a whole wheat cereal, such as Cheerios!
My kids love the playground, which offers a variety of structures under the beautiful shade trees that give the park so much character.
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the spray park can keep you having Fun in the Sun on the hottest of summer days!
Pack your picnic basket for a day at the park. Several tables are located around the park, however the only grills were located inside the pavillion, which is often rented out for birthday parties, etc. In town, visit the Burger Box to grab lunch to go, or stop on your way out at Bodacious Cones!
9 Hole Disc Golf
Watch players, or try your luck at this fun, popular outdoor sport! You can purchase regulation disc at sporting good stores, or just use a frisbee.
Exploring along the creek
Watch the wildlife that calls the creek home. We spotted crawfish and turtles in the creek, and my kids took their favorite nets to catch tadpoles. Click HERE to read more about their favorite nets.
The city of Kennedale was chosen by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s to join their Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds. In this effort, they are working to conserve both native birds and those that migrate to or through the area. Click HERE for a list of birds frequently found in Sonora Park and Kennedale.
My Mommy Tip:
- Let the kids use a digital camera and take pictures of the birds. The city accepts photos of birds taken in the park, to be added to their City Bird Guide.
No port-a-pottys here! Sonora Park has site built restrooms with stainless steel potties and running water. As a rule, I always take toilet paper and hand soap, just in case!
Things To Do in Kennedale
April 15th – 17th, 2016 is the Annual Brickworks Festival at Town Park in Kennedale! Click HERE for more information.
263 S New Hope Rd, Kennedale
Click HERE to visit their website.
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