I love the show Parks and Rec. Seldom do I miss it – and when I do, my DVR doesn’t. Leslie Knope, Deputy Director of the Pawnee Parks and Recreation department, takes enormous pride in her city parks – and most of the time, to the eye-rolls and irritation of her co-workers. Her endearing enthusiasm drives her to go to great lengths for the city she’s devoted her life to. And for that, I thank her…because it makes for great television.
Max's buddy Cooper playin' in the spray
I had a Leslie Knope moment today at the Lake Highlands North Recreation Center. For all you moms out there, this diamond in the rough is only a stone’s throw away from Lakewood – and the ideal way to get revenge on the sweltering, Texas heat. The park features two play-scapes (one for older children and another for younger), a pavilion, pool, rec center…and SPRAY PARK! Having never been to a spray park before, I was rather impressed. Yes, I’m a first time mom, so all you veterans with years of motherhood under your belt, please excuse my naivete. This thing was awesome. My son, Max, was all smiles as he stood on the peripheral taking it all in. Slowly but surely he ventured closer to the water and once he did, I heard squeals of delight and excitement from a distance as he took off to explore every water fall and spray spout available.