Hundreds of Forsyth County residents took advantage of the beautiful weather Saturday and headed to Fowler Park for its grand opening celebration.
Among the family activities were face painting, sidewalk chalk, inflatables, spin art and balloon animals.
For some, the celebration was an unexpected bonus.
“We actually didn’t know about the opening, but we love the park,” Jennifer Parker said. “We came to play and stayed for all the [festivities].”
Rekha Kabadi said she loved the 85-acre park’s layout. Her oldest son was so excited, he wanted to come back for his special day.
“We asked our son if he liked the park enough to have his birthday here and he said, ‘Yes, yes, definitely yes,’” Kabadi said.
“We love the kite flying here and the pavilion is so close by, and the play area is so close by, I thought it would be a great place to have a lot of activities and a lot of space for them to run around.”
Fowler Park, which is at the corner of Castleberry Road and Hwy. 9 in south Forsyth, opened Feb. 25. It is named for the Fowler family, which sold the county the site in 2001.
The park boasts about 5 acres of open space, as well as a 23,000-square-foot skate park. There is also a paved walking trail that winds through the woods and the county’s largest pavilion and playground.
In addition to its park space, Fowler also features a track, four baseball fields, six courts each for basketball and tennis and six soccer/lacrosse fields.
It also provides another access point to the Big Creek Greenway multi-use trail.
For Kelli Blair, the park provides a welcome option closer to home.
“We had either [Central Park] or Wills Park, so this is nice that it’s only 10 minutes from the house,” she said.
Laura Pate, programming director for the Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department, was pleased with the turnout.
While the opening events were a big hit, Pate said she was just as excited to see people enjoying everything else the park has to offer.
“There were definitely a lot of families and there were people riding bikes and flying kites and having picnics and enjoying the park itself and not just the event,” she said.
Nicole Balac-Davies said she liked that the children’s activities are accessible for parents to be with their kids.
“It’s got everything you need,” she said. “It’s absolutely lovely. We’ll definitely be spending the summer here.”