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Brookfield Park in Augusta, Georgia

I remember the day the City of Augusta officially opened Brookfield Park. It was a great city project spearheaded by a neighbor who knew the land could be great after the Georgia Department of Transportation was done with their road project. Fran Stewart was right.

Fast forward almost ten years and it is my favorite park in Augusta to play with the kids. We call it the “Yellow Park.” Don’t ask me why. William, 4, and Jacob, 2, both love it.

There are two playgrounds – designed for two different ages. Also a putting green, bring your own clubs and balls. Also a nice 1/3 mile walking track and public restrooms. A covered picnic area is pretty popular for family reunions and birthday parties.

 And during the warmer months, a big hit is the huge water fountain designed for drenching young children.

You will see kids in swimsuits, but not my kids of course. Fully dressed and fully soaked.

 If you are traveling by Augusta – this is a great place to get out of the car and stretch your legs. I find this is important when traveling with my kids and I love an alternative to a fast food play land. The park is off Riverwatch Parkway which is exit 200 off Interstate-20. Just drive away from downtown and take Riverwatch to the light at Stevens Creek Rd – then right and then your first left – Mayo Road.

Brookfield Park
2740 Mayo Road
Augusta, Georgia 30907

Colonial Days

Just across the river in North Augusta is the Living History Park and this past weekend was their Colonial Days event.

What a great time!  Demonstrations and living exhibits about all things colonial abound: pottery, butter churning, candle making, blacksmithing, woodworking, and meat smoking are just a few.

Be sure to try their BBQ!

Colonial Days is a two day event, but the park is open to the public year-round and is still a beautiful place to visit although the buildings are closed except for special events.

Living History Park
299 West Spring Grove Ave.
North Augusta, SC 29841

Disc Golf in Augusta

For the past two years my husband has been trying unsuccessfully to get me to play disc golf with him. I just never thought it would be much fun. Why not play regular golf instead, I thought? So, I was a good sport, following him around the disc golf course as his ‘caddy’ for a while.  Until one day, when he insisted I try it just for a few holes. If I hated it, he’d never ask me to play again. Well, lo and behold, I tried it and I liked it! 

I’m not very good yet, but I really have enjoyed it so far.  There is a lot more technique involved that just slinging a frisbee down the fairway, so I’m working on that part.  For the most part, it is really fun and it’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors.  The other great part is that there are so many disc golf courses in the area to choose from.  The International Disc Golf Association and Disc Golf Hall of Fame is located right outside of Augusta, making it a prime location for disc golfers.

Two of our favorite courses are the Riverview Park course in North Augusta and Pendleton King Park in Augusta.  Riverview Park is definitely the harder of the two, since nearly all of the front nine is on or near big hills.  This course wraps its way around Riverview Park, giving you a great view of the Greeneway and the Savannah River.

(View of the Savannah River from the Riverview Disc Golf Course)

I find it really easy to lose discs out there, since the fairways are more narrow and I’m still learning how to play. The course at Pendleton King Park, on the other hand, is a little bit more beginner-friendly.  This course spreads out around Pendleton King Park and a few holes are pretty wide.  Pendleton King might also be my favorite because there is an ice cream truck that visits the park from time to time, which makes it easy to enjoy an ice cream sandwich between holes! Both courses have great signage, so you don’t have to worry about getting lost in the woods while you look for the next tee!

If you’re looking for something new to try in Augusta you should definitely check out disc golf. And if you’re a veteran, maybe you could try a new course. There’s even a course close to downtown at Lake Olmstead! For more course listings in the area check out the PDGA’s website.

Diamond Lakes Tennis Center

The whole family made the outing for the grand opening of the Diamond Lakes Tennis Center, part of the Diamond Lakes Regional Park. The boys seem to be real fans of tennis. William was immediately interested in the racquet.

Jacob seemed a little more interested in just tossing the bouncing balls.

The courts were great with a nice little pro shop. The center is easy to get to with plenty of parking. My friend Dick Hatfield, the pro for the Newman Tennis Center just up the road, warned me tennis is addictive even for the kids. The center offers lessons as well as court time. And there is a summer program for children! 

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