Pulaski Park: Frogging and barbecuing

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Pulaski State Park and Recreational Area is located within the 4,000 acre George Washington Management Area.The 100 acre Pulaski Memorial Recreation Area is a “day use” facility.

I have such warm memories growing up having barbecues and picnics at parks with friends and family. We didn’t have cell phones back then, and were forced to spend real quality time with each other, playing frisbee and whiffle ball, and enjoying a meal. Every time I go to Pulaski Park, I notice all of the empty picnic tables .So now, I have to rave about the park, from birthday parties, to frogging. And it’s all free!

For three years now, my daughter has requested having her birthday party at Pulaski Park. We rent one of two pavilions, choosing the one that is a little further away from the water. The other pavilion is situated right on the water. We chose the further one because there are restrooms across the way, and we can relax more without little ones jumping in the water unnoticed. The pavilion goes for $50 for the day, and because it is a state park you need to reserve through reserveamerica.com

I run my daughter’s birthday party from 12-5 p.m. We make barbecue chicken, hot dogs and burgers on one of the many grills offered. We then tie up a pinata, followed by cake. Once the kids are sugared up, we send them off to go swimming. It’s a pond with a sandy beach, with lifeguards keeping a good watch on the swimmers.

Another activity a friend turned me on to is frogging. We went on a rainy Sunday, strapped on our goulashes, grabbed our nets and went to town. The best spot is to the right of the pavilion at the edge of the pond. We must have caught 30 frogs and tadpoles. Out of the whole summer, this is what my kids remember most, and they beg me to go back. Thank you Howards!

The park also offers hiking trails and fishing. Why not take advantage of this hidden gem? There are charcoal grills and picnic tables spread throughout the 100-acre park. Invite friends and family for a potluck. You won’t be disappointed.

Until next time……Mandy

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