Centennial Park is like a mini Central Park in that the place is bustling with activities for everyone. With 192 acres at your disposal, not finding something to suit your interest will be nearly impossible.
If you and Mother Nature are two birds of a feather, flock together at Lake Sedgewick. The 95-acre lake area includes not only nature trails and hiking paths, but an outdoor amphitheater (where you can catch movies showing for free in the summer) a boardwalk and even a boat launch. As only 12 boats are allowed on the lake at a time, you'll need to get there early if you want to fish. You can catch a variety of fish including bluegill, carp, largemouth bass, crappie, northern pike and walleye.
For the not-so-easy to entertain, Centennial Park has a few options for busy-minded kids and teenagers. A 25,000-foot skate park is open daily until dusk, charging only $1 for admission. In the summer, the park operates a full-facility outdoor water park, complete with a zero-depth pool, a lazy river and a handful of body and tube slides. Get to the pool after 5 p.m. and admission is half off.
Centennial Park doesn't only operate in the summer, either. From November 15-March 8, an outdoor ice rink is open daily with $2 skate rentals. Other amenities of the area include nine soccer and baseball fields, two sand volleyball courts, two piers for fishing, a playground, grills and pavilions and two horseshoe areas.
Centerstage Reviewer: Jill Kozak