Speer Park Saturday
Oops! This past Saturday, I had a total bout of "Mom Brain," when I got the entire family suited up and ready for an excursion and we drove all the way downtown only to drive around saying, "Wow, there's all this parking with this huge thing happening?!" Wait a minute... Circling around the neighborhood in which the event was supposed to be in, and noticing all of the businesses very quiet, I checked my e-mail once more and sure enough, we were one Saturday too early!
Maybe this mimm was just a wee bit excited to have her WHOLE family together, Baba included! Baba coaches soccer, and is also a referee for soccer, and plays soccer, you see. So Memorial Day weekends really never have happened for us yet because there is always a HUGE soccer tournament. This last weekend we had our Baba ALL weekend and it was mighty fine! PLUS, added points for not only having our best man around, but the weather guys! FINALLY the sun that Denver is famous for and those blue skies were back!
So, driving past a neighborhood park on the way to this thing that wasn't even going on last Saturday, Remy was pointing feverishly out the window, "Park! Park!" Rather than wasting a good trip downtown and turning around to go home, we decided to drive back across I-25 and check out this playground I always eye while driving on Speer, but never quite understood how, or had the time to veer off course, to stop and visit.
Parking at a meter a block away was super easy and we strolled right up to a very cool park that had a water feature powered by human energy, by turning a wheel. There was also a mini rock climbing section to get to a small slide which Remy mastered, barefoot no less! One of the favorite parts for Remy was the short walk over; even stopping to smell the flowers. She also raced over to one of the old wooden railroad bridges, now a foot bridge over the Platte River, and was pointing and "oohing" and "ahhing" over the water below.
Chic glassy lofts and the Coohills restaurant hug the North side of the park and a tree-lined Speer Boulevard border the South of it. This park is really a secret little urban surprise. Not the easiest or most convenient park to get to for suburbanites like ourselves unless you are LOOKING for it really, but a fun little mistake by momma meant a chance to check it out on the off chance.
We even managed to make it home, without any crying!!!, AND were able to take the kiddos into the back yard while we grilled barbecue chicken legs! We ate on our patio as the sun set, our faces covered in sauce and corn on the cob. If this is a precursor to summer, I am very excited!