Silverwood Park

The Twin Cities is host to a wonderful park system called Three Rivers Parks
I’m guessing it has to do with three rivers.  Which ones I’m not entirely sure, but I will guess the Mighty Mississippi River, the Minnesota River, and maybe the Rum River.  No.  I am wrong.  It is the Crow River. 
The Three Rivers Parks System is primarily based in the western metro, but it is traveling south and moving east.  Case in point:  Silverwood Park is located in St. Anthony, east of the Mississippi River.  Since St. Anthony is less than, oh, 5 miles, we have our own park basically in our backyard.
Let me tell you a bit more about the parks.  Each park is unique and focuses on something different.  Gale Woods Farm is an actual live working farm.  The Landing’s main objective is to teach history.  The Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park is centered on the dam built between Brooklyn Park and Coon Rapids over the Mississippi. 
Silverwood Park’s purpose is to explore the balance of nature and art.  This park is–dare I say it?–perfect. It is located on Silver Lake and has woods and areas of grass to run through.  There are trails and bridges out to an island.  On the island is a small shore to be able to wade into the water.  
Throughout the park there are random pieces of art work.  With your mobile device, you are able to dial in for information on each sculpture as you come to it.  Without your mobile device I can attest that you will think, “Oh.  Look at this thing……What is it?”  It won’t detract from the experience, but you won’t have any idea what you are looking at!

In the woods, we came upon this.  We called it a playhouse because we had no idea what it was (thus using my mobile device may have been helpful–if I had one)

Whatever it was, the kids sure loved it.  Unlike me, they weren’t trying to figure out what it was.  They just took it for a fun little place house and did just that.  Played!

The thing that I loved the most about this park was that it had no playground equipment.  None!  You get to just play in the woods.  What can be more creative than just playing and exploring?  Whereas playgrounds can be lots of fun, so can nature.

Silverwood Park makes nature so much fun!

They have a few buildings on their property; some classrooms and a visitor’s center.  The visitor’s center has a coffee shop and a small gallery displaying different shows.  This is what was there when we visited.

Another thing that Silverwood Park’s visitor’s center has is  craft supplies for kids to help themselves to in the coffee shop/gallery area.  A small table the perfect height for a preschool is filled with paper, crayons, and other art supplies.  Silverwood Park is serious in its mission of integrating art and nature.

They offer a calendar full of different activities for every age from preschooler to senior adult.  Preschool classes and family classes, music classes, yoga classes, nature hikes.  Silverwood Park is full of many different possibilities.

What does this mean?  I don’t know what blind contour drawing is which might help explain to me what I was actually looking at.

This is an experience we plan to do often.
And the best bonus is no entrance fees or parking fees!


About giannarae

I am a child of God who has been given the humbling job of being a wife and a mother to 4. Those whom He has given to me are my Sweet Peas and Buddies and one Honey.
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