Besides the fact that the trek via bike was a hell of a haul from my neck of the woods in SE Columbus, and that the Amberleigh community was a run of the mill "McMansion" sort of place, I was highly impressed with the parks that I saw.
The first was Amberleigh Park, a pocket park but a hell of a good one. Its basically at the end of a road and consists of a twisty boardwalk leading down, down, down, and more down to the Scioto River (upstream btw of all the grossness that is in the Downtown part of the river). The rather small section of woods they preserved made it a bit of an oasis (the thing, not the band) in the middle of the subdivision. There was a short trail running left right along the river and I found myself spending more time there since in was so enjoyable..
Now I am an old-school expert on, um, unauthorized campfires having dedicated many of my teenage years fooling around illegally camping in Winton Woods County Park. I have to say, we would never ever leave a bonfire pit trashed, or so piss poorly used (they couldn't even seem to get the fire started). I could not help but notice that these upper middle class kids left about a dozen smoothie things, a couple bottled waters and but one mere beer. A word or two of advice, kids: Ditch the Dad and make it all beer :)
This was a very pleasant surprise. I heard him first then scrambled to take a pic. He stood still for the longest time and I was trying to get in close (which results in shaky blurry images). So I took about 15 pics and these 4 turned out usable. Thanks Deer.
This the park was only opened in June. It does look fresh, but surprisingly finished for being such a new place. As is usual, I never look this stuff up before I go to these parks, so GO DUBLIN!!
|This park retains a look of the farmland that it probably used to be. Very expansive. And when I came up to those little buildings on the left, I was like "what the hell is that??".|
|Big ass fireplace.|
|Gotta love a kid-sized cornhole set.|
|A very impressive shelterhouse. Winton Woods Park in Cincinnati never had such fancy ones, what with this one having a small kitchen and other amenities.|
|Dude. Friggin XYLOPHONES!!|
|Too cute. A peek inside of of the kid sized buildings.|
So it was back out of the Amberleigh scene along the Amberleigh Greenway with its cool tunnels to head out towards the next adventure. Dublin, I must say I am pretty impressed.
|I'm a sucker for gazebos.|
|Don't photograph and bike, kids.|