I was given the task to blog about the Top 5 Best Playgrounds in the area, I've come up with what I think are the Top 5 family-friendly parks in our community. First on the list, has to be the most well known and popular park in Texarkana. As a kid growing up in Texarkana there wasn't a weekend that went by that my parents didn't take me to Spring Lake Park to feed the ducks and play on the swings, slides, and other various playground equipment. And through the years, I have enjoyed taking my kids there to enjoy the playground and scenery as well. In fact, I think there is a swing set and slide still there, that was there when I was a kid.

Spring Lake Park #1

4303 North Park Road

This wooded 75-acre park features a spring fed lake, six-field little league baseball complex, three pavilions, ten playground units, three picnic areas, two fishing piers, a 1/2 mile walking and jogging trail around the lake, 5-acre concert area and two soccer fields. The newly added Phillip McDougal Walking Trail is 1.75 miles and meanders through the entire park.

Bobby Ferguson Park #2

Loop 245 and I-30

If you want a little bit of Texarkana history while you watch the kids play,then I suggest Bobby Ferguson Park at #2 . This newly redeveloped park  features a larger man-made fishing lake with handicap-accessible fishing piers. Expanded walking trails, a refurbished playground and new equipment.

And the history I'm talking about, is the covered gazebo/ pavilion in the park which is made from a steeple dome from the old Cotton Belt Hospital in College Hill many years ago.

Support has come from city and state funds, including grants from the Arkansas Parks and Tourism Department and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to make this park and playground truly a place to enjoy.

Grady T. Wallace Park #3

3419 Leopard Drive

At #3 Grady T. Wallace Park, covers 75-acres and offers a softball complex with five fields and a concession stand, nine soccer fields, a walking/jogging trail around the park and around the 5-acre lake. Two playgrounds in this park means more for the kids to see and do.

In addition there are two pavilions to host those family reunions and picnics.

Kidtopia Park #4

201 Oak Street

Kidtopia comes in at #4 located in historic downtown Texarkana directly across the street from the Texarkana Public Library.  This park was designed by kids for kids, and the community came together to build this multi-purpose playground. One of the structures in the playground was built to look like our historic post office on Stateline Avenue. Happy to say I was part of the community that help build this very unique playground for kids.

Bringle Lake Park #5

Scott Wright Road

And finally that brings us to # 5 Bringle Lake Park, which features tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds, a nature walking trail, volleyball court, boat ramp, and two pavilions.  But big changes are on the way for this newly developed park including two lakefront parks. With the construction of the next section of  University Avenue, a portion of the current Bringle Lake Park  will be closed. However, the ultimate result will be an additional waterfront park and new wilderness area on the northeast side of the lake.

When this park, which is adjacent to the Texas A&M University-Texarkana campus is complete it stands to be one of the finest new parks in the Texarkana area.

So as you can see Texarkana boasts some of the Best Playgrounds and Parks in the area in which to watch our  kids grow up and be a part of this great community.