Enjoy the Splash at Terry Park
There are quite a few parks around town where people can spend their time. Most of them are well maintained, have some trees, a nice lawn, and usually a playground. Strategically placed, they are often within walking distance from just about anywhere someone might live. There are some parks, however, that warrant a drive because they offer something a little more. Terry Park is one of those.
This small park takes up just one city block. But it offers a lot. There are a couple of rough baseball diamonds where you can play home run derby, a large field for playing soccer, Frisbee, football, or whatever else you might desire, a paved basketball court, and a playground. Basically your typical city park stuff. What makes this place special is right over next to the fire station there is a small water park.
Technically it is called a spray park. There are no pools, no slides, and none of the amenities you pay for when you go somewhere else. But during the summer this is always a great place to take the kids for a couple hours. They can splash in the water to stay cool while they interact and build social skills with their peers. On hot days you can be sure the area will be crowded, so be prepared.
The neighborhood around the park is a safe place. But there are no lifeguards, and no trained staff on duty. It is not a place to just drop them off and leave, it is important to stick around and monitor them. As always on warm summer days plenty of sunscreen is a must. And with the crowds it is important to help teach the kids to respect others so everyone can have a good time.
Anytime between the hours of 5:00AM and 10:00PM the park is open to the public. The water is not always on, so when it is not real hot out, you may find it to be shut off. Since the weather has been scorching lately, you can make your way over to the area between 5th and 6th streets west, and between Terry and Miles Avenues. There you will find one of the best little parks in Billings. While it would be nice if we could take our four legged friends everywhere with us, this is one park where they are not allowed. Of course, as long as you are responsible and you pick up after them, I won’t turn you in.
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