I had some time off today and visited (or attempted to visit!) several different sites.
Andrews School Park (2400 Lehigh Drive) is just a small path to a school playground, not a runnable site. Barrington School Park (9306 Glenn Lane) has a gravel track but all the gates were locked today. It may not be open to the public or maybe just not today. Bolm Road District Park (6700 Bolm Road) is undeveloped; looks like there are some unsightly manufacturing facilities at this address, not parkland. Decker Tallgrass Prairie Preserve (8001 Decker Lane) and the nearby Indiangrass Wildlife Sanctuary (10203 Lindell Lane) are also undeveloped (seemingly purposely), as is Janet Long Fish Park (13840 Dessau Road), Oertli Neighborhood Park (12613 Blaine Road), and Georgian Acres Neighborhood Park (500 E Powell Lane), currently fenced off.
Buttermilk Branch Greenbelt (7501 Bethune Avenue) has a flat paved trail that, though not streetside, seems to be more of a thruway for the neighborhood and not a desirable place to run in my opinion. Street parking in the cul de sac at this address is available. The trail connects to Buttermilk Neighborhood Park and is about a half mile out and back.
Buttermilk Branch Greenbelt
Easy Boggy Creek Greenbelt has about a mile of nice paved trail, relatively recently finished, that connects to Govalle Neighborhood Park. I am always happy to visit the enormous, beautiful trees in Govalle. Despite being right in a neighborhood, the trail was surprisingly quiet. It is well-marked with mile markers and helpful directional signs and runs alongside the creek, which today was flowing in some parts and dry in others. I came upon several cyclists but no other runners. The trail is mostly exposed with some shady patches.
East Boggy Creek Greenbelt
Cook School Park (1505 Cripple Creek Drive) has a 0.2 mile flat gravel track. Other than the track, the surrounding view is a blank, featureless field, not even a tree or bush surrounds it or is in the inner part. It is not one of the most exciting tracks to run on. One can street park here too.
Cook School Park
Copperfield Neighborhood Park (1425 East Yager Lane) on the other hand is a really interesting site. I ran about 1.7 miles of the extensive unpaved trails here today. There was more to explore that I will revisit on a less sweltering day! There’s a small parking lot and a small, nice playground with picnic shelter and water fountain nearby. This is a lesser known (to me) trail system that is recently constructed I believe; I attempted to visit it when I started my Every Park project a few years ago and it was under construction. It’s very quiet and I didn’t encounter anyone else on the trail – except for a beautiful woodpecker I was excited to see, and lots of big dragonflies. Winding through the cedar woods, the trail offers just enough elevation change to be fun but not too extreme. I look forward to going back here (with long pants on as some of the trail has some foliage that you can’t help but brush against and poison ivy is not your friend!).
View more photos of this and other parks here.