Enjoy Hometown Family Fun Outdoors


Staff Report

As parents search for ways to keep children occupied and physically active, Milford offers many activities that families can enjoy together.

“There is one playground which is located behind our building here at Masten’s Square Park at 3rd and Franklin,” said Mary Betts of Milford Parks and Recreation. “It is a short, two-block walk to Memorial Park on the Riverwalk.” There are also several basketball courts located at Benjamin Banneker Elementary and Bicentennial Park and playgrounds available at Benjamin Banneker, Mispillion and Lulu Ross Elementary schools which are open to the public. In addition to these playgrounds and basketball courts, Ms. Betts said that there are pickleball courts painted on the Milford Parks & Recreation parking lot and equipment for the game is loaned for free. There is also a bocce ball court located in Bicentennial Park and equipment is available through the Milford Senior Center.

Outside of downtown Milford, there is the Can-Do Playground located behind the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club in Tony Silicato Memorial Park. The playground is designed for children of all abilities. There are walking trails near the playground as well. Ms. Betts said that there is also a 9-hole disc-golf course adjacent to the park.

“There are a lot of water-related sports available in Milford as well,” Ms. Betts said. “Boating, kayaking, canoeing and jet skiing can all be done via the remodeled boat dock and kayak launch behind the Milford Police Department. The city has plans to place a second, floating dock on the river close to Arena’s in order to encourage people using the river to dock and walk around downtown. Fishing is also a great way to spend some family time in Milford.” There is another dock and kayak launch located on the Mispillion near the dog park at 1 Marshall St.

Ms. Betts also said that Milford Parks & Recreation offers many activities for children and adults. There are field hockey, tennis and soccer program and many more available through the department. Parents can register online at the City of Milford website at http://www.cityofmilford.com by clicking on the Current Parks & Recreation Program Offerings tab.

Another activity families can enjoy is walking through the downtown area. Milford Parks and Recreation, Downtown Milford Inc. and the Milford Museum all offer pamphlets with walking tours available. Several of the walking tours are historic tours, providing insight into the history of the town. There is also an Art Stroll that introduces people to the artistic expression throughout Milford.

Several downtown parks provide excellent options for walking as well. Bicentennial Park is located next to Fur Baby-Boutique & Doggie Daycare and Arena’s Deli & Bar. From that park, walkers can cross the bridge over the river and follow the Riverwalk East towards nature trails where families can see many animals in their natural habitat or head West to the Milford Public Library, downtown shopping and the Richard Y. Johnson Amphitheater where live entertainment is held throughout the year.

“Of course, the Bark Park is located at 1 Marshall Street which is along the Riverwalk as well, next to the Gary L. Emory trail at Goat Island Nature Preserve,” said Ms. Betts.  The Bark Park is a dog park that allows small and large dogs to run supervised by their owners.

For more information about activities for families in downtown Milford, individuals are encouraged to contact Milford Parks & Recreation at 302-422-1104.

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