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  • 5 ways to enjoy Jackson Parks

  • With seven different parks scattered around the township, Jackson residents have plenty of options when it comes to their outdoor recreation. Each of the seven parks is open from dawn until dusk and each park offers a different collection of activities. There is truly something for everyone in terms of outdoor fun.
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  • With seven different parks scattered around the township, Jackson residents have plenty of options when it comes to their outdoor recreation. Each of the seven parks is open from dawn until dusk and each park offers a different collection of activities. There is truly something for everyone in terms of outdoor fun.
    Parks Director Dave Ruwadi said the township parks also tailor programming to children, adults and families. Each year, the Jackson Parks welcome a large number of visitors for special events and activities.
    “We also have programs like our Easter Egg Hunt and our Community Celebration, which is very popular,” Ruwadi said. “Our Haunted Hayride is another annual event (people enjoy).”
    According to data provided by the department, between 70,000 and 100,000 people use the parks each year. To help maintain the 242 acres of park space and keep programming available the department hires as many as 15 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees.
    This season, as the department works to keep the parks in tip-top shape, make the most of what each park offers. Here are 5 ways to enjoy your Jackson Parks.
    1. RUNNING AND HIKING
    With miles and miles of trails at the township’s seven parks, there is a myriad of ways to get a workout in. Paved paths at North Park weave through the tennis courts and baseball fields. Vegetation-surrounded walkways cutting through the Jackson Bog State Nature Preserve inside South Park also offer runners, walkers and hikers a variety of terrain and test their endurance.
    “Our South Park Bog area has approximately two miles of trail,” Ruwadi said. “Our green walking track has approximately two miles of trail and our red path for walking and jogging has approximately one mile of trail along the outside loop.”
    2. SPORTS
    Those looking to sharpen their skills on the court can turn to the multiple full-size outdoor basketball courts at North Park and a sand volleyball court at South Park. Ruwadi noted the large number of options for residents when it comes to athletic activities at the park.
    “We obviously (cater to) a lot of sports and that would include lacrosse, basketball, slow-pitch softball, fast-pitch softball and baseball,” Ruwadi said. “We also have tennis (courts), a skate park and our tracks have at least 100 or so people every day.”
    3. SKATEBOARD
    The skate park at North Park has become a favorite among local youth. With a ramp and rails spread across a large concrete surface, the park offers a chance for skaters of different skill levels to ride with their friends and try out new tricks. The park is located directly across the street from Jackson High School at the front of the park, providing easy access.
    Page 2 of 2 - 4. PLAYGROUNDS
    Going to the park is often a family activity and three of the township’s parks – North Park, South Park and Fisher Park – offer fun for children in the form of playground equipment. Parents can select a location that is convenient geographically or one that offers activity options for both themselves and their son or daughter. With sandboxes, slides, swings and other choices, each of the three playgrounds is large enough to accommodate a large group of children.
    5. GRILL OUT
    Getting outside often means cooking out. Jackson’s Parks offer plenty of opportunities for grilling veggies, steaks, hot dogs, hamburgers and other favorite foods. There are four pavilions located at the township’s seven parks, including two at South Park and one each at North Park and Fisher Park. Each pavilion has outdoor grills and picnic areas for groups to enjoy. Enjoying a meal with family or friends is as simple as bringing the food and grilling tools.