I live in Edgewater so I may be a little biased, but I love Edgewater. In the mornings I jog along the riverwalk and on Saturdays Kevin and I ride our bikes on Edgewater’s portion of the Rails to Trails. But what I have noticed recently is just how many parks there are in Edgewater. Here they are in alphabetical order:
Duck Lake Park - Located at 1010 16th St. It’s basically a fishing lake with some turtles and ducks. It’s very serene and a great place to chill out after a long day.
George R. Kennedy Memorial Park is located at 103 S. Riverside Dr. and directly across the street from City Hall. Named for the Edgewater Fire Chief that lost his life while lighting the fireworks for Edgewater’s July 4th celebration. This park has upgraded boat launches, tons of parking for boat trailers, a fishing pier, pavilion, picnic tables, public restrooms and free internet wi-fi. Seriously...what more do you want in a park?
Hawks Park Complex - 1108 S. Ridgewood Ave. offers a 19,000 sqft. recreation complex operated by SE Volusia YMCA. It has a heated pool, lighted baseball and soccer fields, conservation area, handicap accessible nature trail, outdoor amphitheater, playground equipment, pavilion, picnic tables, restrooms and even the City museum.
Highland Shores Park at 335 N. Riverside has a beautiful gazebo right on Riverside Dr., and that’s about it. However, on the second Saturday of the month when the car show is on Canal St., it is the perfect spot to sit and watch some of the classic cars drive by.
Lake and Alice Park - 900 Lake Ave. There is a swing set and a picnic table. It may be small, but the kids love it after school.
Menard-May Park - Also called “Little Beach”, it is located at 413 S Riverside Drive and has everything including: playground equipment, volleyball court, pavilion, picnic tables, grills, fishing pier and “primitive” boat launch. Oh...and restrooms.
Rotary Park - 902 W Park Ave. The park includes a gazebo, pavilion, picnic tables, restrooms, playground equipment, basketball court, walking trail and Dog Park; all under beautiful oak trees.
Sanchez Park - This is a very small park at 609 N. Riverside that is just simply a sitting area. That’s all, nothing fancy.
Umbrella Tree Park - 1515 Umbrella Tree. It has 2 swing sets, a half basketball court and a play area. Another great spot for the kids after school!
Veterans Park - Located at 1811 S Riverside Dr., the park includes a fishing pier and picnic tables. This park also has restrooms.
And last but by no means least:
Whistle Stop Park - 651 Roberts Rd. This park has lighted racquetball courts, lighted tennis courts, pavilions, picnic tables, lighted ball fields, playground equipment, concession stand, restrooms, basketball court and skate park.
Edgewater has big plans for this particular park in the near future. Edgewater asked its citizens, and they responded with the following improvements that the City would like to include: All inclusive playground w/ shade; Improved restrooms; a Splash park (awesome!); New pavilions w/ accessories; Paved walking trail; and an adult fitness system (Life Trail). How awesome is that?!
I am amazed at the amount of parks this city has to offer. My personal favorite is Little Beach, but they are all pretty great. I highly recommend that you take a weekend and just visit them all. Then let me know which is your favorite!