by Kayla Murphy
Picnics, sports, or just a new nature setting for the next selfie, Stanley Park is the place for you. Located across the street from Maloney and Davidson Hall, Stanley is just a short walk away.
If students have grown too accustomed to the repetitive scenery on campus, they should stretch their legs and head over to the park. Stanley Park offers fishing at the pond, a playground, jogging track, state-of-the-art trails, skateboard park, sports fields, basketball courts and tennis courts.
Stanley Park is home to excellent trails. The more well-known one is the jogging trail around the pond. While on the trail, there are man-made workout stations that help tone and strengthen muscles.
For more of a true nature hike, follow the trail that goes behind the skate area in the very back of the park. Check out bridges, wide spaces, babbling streams and the teaming wildlife, including squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, turtles, ducks, geese and on rare occasions, deer. Don’t worry, one can’t get lost, although I would not recommend going on any trails after sunset.
Looking for something just a bit more athletic? Bring a frisbee, soccer or football. There are several large fields for recreational use. Bring a bat and ball and have some fun at one of the baseball fields, or bring a racket and some tennis balls and take a few swings at one of the tennis courts. Want to play a game of basketball? There are several courts for basketball as well.
Looking for more extreme sports? Strap on some roller blades or bring a board and cruise around the skate park. With ramps and rails, one can perfect all their tricks on their bikes or motorized scooters.
Stanley Park can be a budget-friendly and a cute date idea. Head to Stop & Shop and pack some favorite fruits, or grab a $5 sandwich from Subway and sit at one of the many benches throughout the park. Even for some chocolate or chips, head over to the Central Gas station across the street from Stanley Park.
As nice and friendly as Stanley Park is, there is one minor setback: the amount of trash. When visiting Stanley Park, make sure to pick up after. If bottles or big pieces of trash are seen lying around, it can’t hurt to pick it up. A little goes a long way in helping maintain a clean environment for the wildlife that thrives at Stanley Park.