If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know how much I love park day. Every week, I look forward to Fridays when my mom takes me to Anthem Veteran’s Memorial Park and I get to visit the grass! This local gem has much to offer and gains national attention every Veteran’s Day when on November 11 at 11:00 am the sun shines just right through the pillars and it illuminates a medallion. If you haven’t seen it, put November 11 at 11:00 am on your calendar. It is something to see!
To get to Anthem Park, go north on I-17 to the Anthem Park Drive exit and head east or take a right. Follow Anthem Park Road to Gavilan Parkway and turn right again. The park is on your left. You’ll have two entrances to choose from. Mom and I usually go in the first one, which is by the Veteran’s Memorial, but the second one is near the human restrooms. All parking is free, and there is no cost. Dogs must be on a leash.
The first thing I do when I arrive is sniff the flowers around the memorial and then enjoy the shade of trees and lots and lots of grass. Oh, how good cool, wet grass feels on the paws, especially when the hot seasons arrives, which it has.
I’m not the only one rolling around in the grass. No siree! I always enjoy meeting other canines at the park walking with their owners. Humans just need to remember to pick up the poop because kids also roll around in that grass. Yup, small humans have good taste. Woof!
The grass is inviting even to grown humans who enjoy lying on a blanket and reading a good book. Others sit in their chairs drinking their cup of Joe. Hey – how does Joe fit in that itty, bitty little space? Inquiring minds need to know!
Anthem Park also has a lake, and on any given day, folks will be casting their hopes into it. I’ve seen some fish come out of there, so I know they exist. Keep trying! I hear the fun is just being there, but my daddy doesn’t like fishing. He rather go “catching.” Quite a few ducks call the lake home, and you will often see them hanging out on the shoreline.
You can walk the path or on the grass. The hotter the temperatures, the more grass we walk, but there is a very nice paved path for walking, running or biking. We like to take the outer loop, but you can take many different routes. Slice and dice it up however you like!
If you have kids who like to skate board, there is a designated area for them, and if you like Pickleball, they have courts near the restrooms.
On the opposite end of the Veteran’s Memorial, you will hear sounds from the water park next door. It isn’t included but looks refreshing! As you walk the back end, you’ll come to baseball/softball fields. We’ve seen people practicing, but I think games are in the evening.
You have missed it, but every Friday in May, Anthem Park hosts concerts in the park. We’ve been numerous times and find all the bands entertaining. Everyone brings their own picnic dinner with drinks along with chairs or blankets and enjoys the evening. Mark your calendars now for 2022!
Once you pass the softball fields, you’ll come to the railroad tracks and might even see a train. We always wave and say hello as people go by. Over on that end is the restrooms and basketball courts. I tell you, Anthem Park has something for everyone! Mom particularly loves all the flowers and color. Anthem did a superb job of landscaping the park with plenty of big trees for shade, which is how we wrap up park day. We sit and listen to the sounds of nature before heading home.
Whether you go for an activity, to walk, or to see the memorial, Anthem Park won’t disappoint. It gets pretty busy on weekends, but Fridays are my days. Maybe I will see you there. Only four more days to go!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, executive recruiter, business consultant, coach, fitness expert, and author of nine published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!