Had you told me a few years ago that I’d be concerned with the ratio of baby-to-big kid swings at my local running spot, I would’ve told you “you cray.” For almost (almost!) the first 3 decades of my life, public parks were for exercise. Paved trails, water fountains, and stretching stations were all I could see. Vast green space was for walking lunges and bear crawls. Picnic tables for hop ups. Shaded pavilions for refuge from the blazing sun during burpees.
Well, now….I’m the cray one. Parks are certainly still great for an outdoor workout, but this mom NEEDS to know how many baby swings are available. You can’t just invite all your baby friends to a park and not have enough swings, right!? Right.
Thankfully, upon moving to Franklin a little over a year ago, we discovered that Pinkerton Park was right around the corner. This was the first public park I visited last fall and it’s been a staple in our (me + baby) lives ever since. Located just down the road from the square in Downtown Franklin, this park is perfectly pristine and has no shortage of activities for kids of all ages.
There are plenty of baby swings, big kid swings, slides, and climbing apparatuses.
There’s tons of green space, a paved 1 mile trail, and exercise stations sprinkled along it. Just remember that it’s BYOCB (bring your own cute baby ;) )
There’s this amazing wooden playground with activities, like Tinkerbell chimes, hidden throughout.
There’s a crazy, complex-looking jungle gym for climbing.
And there are pavilions with picnic tables and grills galore.
Open from sunrise to sunset every day of the week, Pinkerton Park tops my list for public parks in Franklin. There are lots of fun events hosted there throughout the year, so be sure to check the City of Franklin’s events website for the latest. Hope to see you on the baby swings soon!
Have you been to Pinkerton Park? What is your favorite park to visit with the kiddos?