The Greenville Downtown Airport Park has become one of our very favorite parks here in the Upstate, and it just keeps getting better! Last time I wrote about the park it was still in the early stages, with only the amphitheater, runways, grass and fencing installed (see post “Watching the planes at the airport downtown”). The playground equipment for children 2-5 was installed in June of last year, including a set with slides, bridges, climbers and pilot panel, a swing set, a bi-plane climber and two 2-seat airplane bouncers.
In December a Cessna 310 “landed” in the park, providing a great backdrop to what was going to be the pavilion. Then this June, the playset for older children was installed, but we still mostly visited the park very early in the morning as there was a lack of shade on hot summer days. Still, the boys love the newest addition to the Greenville park scene.
The lack of shade was why we were excited to see the picnic hangar with tables completed before the end of the summer, as it gave us a place to get out of the sun for a water break or snack. Then there are days like this past Monday, when we arrived at the park after two days of rain and the hanger provided a dry spot for home base.
Greenville Tech took an old Boeing 737 and converted the fuselage to what will be the park entrance. The Greenville Downtown Airport Park Project is still raising funds for the installation of the entrance and front fencing, park benches, educational signage and restrooms. To donate to the project please visit the Greenville Downtown Airport website.
The park isn't the only reason to visit the downtown airport, as there are frequently aviation-themed events taking place in or around the airport. This weekend is no different; Friday the Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom tour will be returning to Greenville, you can read my post “WWII bombers in Greenville” about their visit last year here. Of course the Runway Cafe and their fried oreos provide another good reason to visit...
Finally, the local family website Kidding Around Greenville has created a photo scavenger hunt for children ages 2 to 5. We had fun placing the pictures to things found in the park! The scavenger hunt info and pictures are found here.
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