Freeport daytripping: Krape Park fun for all seasons

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Rockford isn’t the only northwest Illinois community with a great park system.

Per capita, Freeport’s Park District can rival any big city’s in terms of what it offers to residents and visitors alike.

No matter the season, there are opportunities galore to relax and recreate—so escape to Krape, or one of Freeport’s other great parks, for a day of leisure and fun.

For active park enthusiasts, Krape Park has a lot to offer: tennis courts, disc golf, bike paths and hiking trails. If you prefer watching sports, baseball diamonds bustle with activity in spring and summer, and then there’s junior tackle football in fall.

Perhaps you would rather entertain (or wear out) your children, with a rousing game of hide-and-seek in the nooks and crannies of Kid’s Kastle; or maybe you prefer the slower pace of miniature golf or the “County Fair” style merry-go-round where kids can catch a ride, and Mom and Dad can catch a break for 25 cents!

For those of you with smaller tots, try the Little Kid’s Playground, where your children can even crawl on an antique fire truck. Or, feed the ducks picnic leftovers at Aunt Millie’s Farm. You can even cruise Yellow Creek with a paddle-boat, canoe or kayak.

Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the Woofle (the friendly bronze dragon) in the Commissioner’s Garden, the woodland Savannah, the Twin Caves or maybe relaxing while fishing at the pier. And then there’s the spectacular 44-foot waterfall that falls from Flag Staff Hill—a great place for family, school or group gatherings; picnic shelters are also available and can be reserved.

And, of course, there are snacks available if you came unprepared or get hungry from your adventures.

During summer, enjoy “Praise in the Park” or band concerts Sunday evenings.

For more information, contact the Freeport Park District at (815) 235-6114.

From the April 26-May 2, 2006, issue

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