Guest Post by Heidi Vorrasi, DBFA Executive Director.
Since we moved to Baltimore more than three years ago, Riverside Park and Playground have been our backyard. We love the wide, smooth walking paths, the big grassy hill, the pool, the soccer fields and baseball diamond, and, of course, the playground.
We always start our visit off by doing a few laps around the park to exercise the dog (and myself!). There is no shortage of friendly four-legged friends to feed treats or Cheerios. On more than one occasion we’ve had a puppy jump into the stroller with the kids!
Next up, the playground! There are many reasons the playground is my favorite in city—it has plenty of shade, play structures for all ages, picnic tables, and a fence to make sure the fun doesn’t wander off. We visit almost daily, and an impromptu playdate is almost always guaranteed.
After we’ve had our fill of the playground, we usually head down to the soccer field and baseball diamond. There is plenty of room to run and kick a ball or chase each other around. For a quieter activity, we’ll draw shapes and letters in the dirt of the diamond. (I’m sure the SOBO Sports teams have wondered about the pint-sized dust angels!)
It’s wonderful to have such great open space just a hop, skip, and a jump away from our house. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon relaxing outside!
Heidi Vorrasi lives in Federal Hill with her husband, John, and children Ethan and Claire. She currently serves as the chair of the Clean and Green Committee for the South Baltimore Neighborhood Association and she successfully started South Baltimore's first community garden. Heidi is the executive director of the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance.