When you're parking for free near scenery this Magnificent, rather than paying ten bucks or more to park in an overcrowded Fairgrounds parking lot, it's just a no-brainer for me so we've done it for years and just walked a few blocks in. Wild Geese are migrating this time of year so the Park Canals were filled with flocks of them.
Younger Children can fish in the Canals, they keep them stocked with several varieties of Game Fish and you can rent Canoes and Paddle Boats too. I remember years ago at a Church Picnic some Friends rented a Canoe and none of us had ever used one so we almost capsized the damned thing! Needless to say it was my first and last Canoe experience since the City Canal water isn't something I want to get dunked in ever! *LOL*
But I have done the Paddle Boat thing, which is one helluva Workout, especially if you're doing it with Kids and they fade out leaving you to paddle your ass off alone to get everyone back to Shore! *Smiles* This ALWAYS happens with Kids, I've done it with two Generations of mine, our Kids and the G-Kid Force as well and I notice the distinct Pattern. Kids are notorious wimps once the Fun gets hard and tiring so that nobody is having Fun anymore! *LOL*
But two Generations of Kids always Loved the Walk thru the Historic Neighborhoods to get to the Fairgrounds from the Free Parking at the Park. We used to fantasize about which Historic Homes we would want to own, picking our Favorites. This particular one was always a front runner and still is to this day! If this Home ever came up for Sale I'd be hard pressed not to want to buy it even after all these years of admiring it!
The particular Historic designated Neighborhoods around Encanto Park are my Idyllic Location in the City to want to live one day in a best case scenario. When we were seeking a New Home I tried to convince The Man to buy in this area but he wasn't Down at the time for anymore Inner City Urban Living dammit! Now after a few Years in Rural Subdivision Hell he's seriously considering it as a Future option and is more On Board! It may never actually happen in this Lifetime, but I like to Imagine it will and still Dream the Dream I've had for Decades about living in this Location!