Water Park Play
I’ve been talking about wanting to play and finally did on Saturday. I spent the day at a new water park in Siloam Springs, Arkansas called both Siloam Springs Kayak Park and Fishers Ford Whitewater Park. This city park was designed to be a fun place for families, kids and water enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes. The highlight are two man-made rapids that create standing waves for people to play and test their water skills.
My friend, Dan, is in the foreground of this photo showing off his awesome kayaking skills. Dan was even part of the planning for this park. The intention is for the park to be a world-class kayaking destination. According to Dan, we aren’t there yet, but he has high hopes for the upgrade happening this fall.
They even had free boats and lessons available on Saturday. The “Paddle and Learn” event was organized by Tracy and the Arkansas Canoe Club to help promote the park, water recreation and preserving our waterways. They had a great turnout of about 50 people who came to learn more about kayaking or try out a different boat like I did. I was able to try two different kayaks and learn some new skills so that next time I’m out, I can have more fun and be safer.
As you can see from the photos, the park was very busy. Many families were there to swim, play and picnic. The park has several great swimming areas, lots of picnic tables and the two main rapids. The kayakers were playing on the first rapid, while the kids played on the second one. We slip, slided and generally had a blast!
I would highly recommend this park to anyone who likes to play in the water. While many of our smaller creeks and rivers dry up in the summer, the water keeps running at Fishers Ford Whitewater Park due to its engineered design. Oh, and it’s free and open year round!
Surf’s up so it’s playtime!