Muddy fields, flooded courts, and mounds of melting ice weren't the only things occupying Hunting Park this past Sunday afternoon. As the sun shone brightly and temperatures rose, breaking the cold winter streak of the past few days, a few flocked to the park to enjoy some outdoor activities.
Hunting Park, the area's only park, is host to a number of neighborhood sports teams and recreational activities especially during the warmer months. There is a swimming pool, two basketball courts and a track that were deserted apart from some locals who decided to savor the unusually warm weather.
One man, decked out in a navy jogging suit, raced around the partially flooded track as a family of five ran around with their dog and steered their remote control car across the grass, making sure to avoid the puddles.
Near the center of the park, three brothers stretched their limbs and showed off their skills on the basketball court. 15 year old Kevin taught his younger brothers Travon, 11 and and Travis, 7 how to dribble, shoot, and most importantly, how to run and catch the ball before it bounced in the mud. Kevin, a freshman at LaSalle Academy who is a running back for his school's football team, explained how he and his brothers don't usually come out to the park during the winter but decided to break tradition and enjoy the sun.
“It was really nice out so we decided to come and play for a while,” Kevin said.
He and his brothers, who had been outside for an hour, were determined to spend as much time outdoors on the court because he complained that there usually isn't much else to do in the neighborhood.
“It's usually packed out here in the summer, there's the pool and everyone playing on the field, but now there's no one around and nothing much to do in the area,” he said.
As the winter continues on, Hunting Park locals wait patiently for spring and summer to come around so they can take full advantage of what the park has to offer.
Group 22: Kendra, Kurtis and Cris