During my visit to Hope Mills Municipal Park, I found lots of opportunities for recreation. The park includes the community center with a gym, meeting rooms, a game room and the office for the parks and recreation department. Following a brief visit with staff, I set out to explore the park which opened in 1981.
Having been in the car for most of the day, I was looking an opportunity to stretch my legs and finding the 1.8-mile greenway around the park was the perfect way to explore all that was available. Right across from where I parked the car, was the dog park with areas for large and small dogs. Then I passed the baseball/softball fields prepped for upcoming games. Next, I heard the bouncing of a basketball during a pick-up game at the outdoor court. I met numerous citizens of varying ages and abilities using the greenway. One lady who I spoke with briefly told me she was recovering from knee replacement and was glad the weather was better so she could get out and walk every day even if it was at a slow pace.
After passing a picnic shelter, I heard the laughter and excited squeals of children as I neared the playground. The kids were running and moving to the various pieces of equipment while the adults in this area were pretty quiet and most of them appeared to be talking with someone or looking at their phones. As I continued on the greenway, I heard a ‘swish’ sound and found the skatepark where four young men were practicing their skills as they went down, up and over the ramps and apparatus. The sounds varied from excitement for a trick well done to a thud and groans for a trick gone wrong.
From here, I stayed on the greenway and got to explore other town services that share borders with the park. First was the library, then the fire department, followed by the police department and finally town hall before I returned to the community center. In the parking lot that serves many of these town services was a food truck rodeo with a variety of offerings to be enjoyed.
Before returning to my car, I visited the Armed Forces Veterans Memorial, a place of reverence and respect. It was the perfect way to end my visit at the park. For more information on the programs offered at Hope Mills Municipal Park visit https://www.townofhopemills.com/177/Parks-Recreation