Patch Picks: Fall Parks
“A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long.” ~e.e. cummings
This time of year can be a beautiful sight - the changing leaves of gold, red, purple and orange. When I was little, my dad would rake the leaves into a big pile and my sister and I would jump in….this did not make him very happy, but we enjoyed it.
I hope you enjoyed week one of “fall things”. Each week in October, Patch and I are bringing you its top “Fall Things”; so check back often to see what each week will bring.
The question is…..
To you, what best represents Fall: _________________??
Week 1: To me, what best represents Fall is FOOTBALL!!!
Week 2: To me, what best represents Fall is LEAVES!!!!
Who says you have to go to D.C. to check out the season changes. Did you know there are so many parks in Gaithersburg? There are. So many places to explore with your family, man’s best friend, your significant other or just you and a good book. Here are our “Patch” picks on local spots to watch the leaves change colors.
Address: 151 Bickerstaff Way, Gaithersburg
Green Park is a 13.7-acre park with many activities available for the entire family, including man’s best friend. Green Park is located in a neighborhood and it is very quiet and peaceful. The park includes swings, a tot lot, basketball courts, a tennis court, hike trails and a dog exercise area. It's a wonderful place for viewing all that autumn has to offer.
Address: 14 Holly Dr., Gaithersburg
Duvall Park is another park that is situated in a quiet neighborhood near Old Towne Gaithersburg. It is located at the end of Holly Drive off of Gaither Street. Duvall Park is the perfect park to watch leaves changing since it has quite a few trees. Park features include: a volleyball net, basketball court, swings, a jungle gym and a tot-lot. This park is named for former Gaithersburg Mayor Merton Duvall.
Address: 112 Brookes Ave., Gaithersburg
I love Constitution Gardens because it has a gazebo. I find gazebos charming and relaxing. Constitution Gardens is a mixture of flowers and landscaping. Did you know this park is where the former Gaithersburg Public Library sat prior to it being destroyed by fire? The park features a garden, paths, benches and a gazebo.
Address: 905 Inspiration Lane, Gaithersburg
Inspiration Park was dedicated by the City on Sept. 11, 2002 to those who gave their lives on 9/11/01. Situated next to Gaithersburg's Arts Barn and near the Kentlands Mansion, Inspiration Park has benches and tables to sit and rest, as well as a grassy field to relax or play catch. It is just a short walk from Inspiration Lake (a.k.a Kentlands Lake). Inspiration Park features include assorted trees, shrubs and perennials.
Address: 501 Firehouse Lane, Gaithersburg
Get your walking shoes on and head on over to the Kentlands Lakes. This beautiful and massive lake is located in the heart of the Kentlands community. The park has hiking trails to take you on a journey of the Kentlands, all while seeing the beautiful changes of the season. Happy Trails!
Don’t forget to check out the Patch article: “Fall Foliage: Use LeafQuest to Find Best Leaf-Peeping Parks”.