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Kids In Parks 

It is the vision of the SENCRHC for residents in Southeastern North Carolina to be actively engaged in healthy lifestyles.  The collaborative decided to implement a regional program around physical activity, which led to selecting the Kids in Parks program, whose mission is to promote children's health and the health of our parks by engaging families in outdoor adventures that increase physical activity and foster meaningful connection to the natural and cultural world.  

  • Brunswick County-Town Creek District Park

    Brunswick County's Town Creek District Park is a 55 acre park with 2.5 miles of walking paths that crisscross their way throughout the park.  The paved walking paths have been designated as the TRACK Trails, delivering park visitors to ball fields, recreational facilities, exercise equipment stations, and the natural resources found around the park. 

    Along the outer perimeter of the trail, visitors will have the opportunity to view ducks and other aquatic birds and animals in a small pond, as well as walk beneath some of the tree species found in the region.  In the southeast corner of the park, the trail makes its way through a wooded corridor that links the park with the local elementary school.

    The TRACK Trail brochures will help visitors identify some of the common tree, bird, and flower species found along the trial, and in the Brunswick County region.  And, the Animal Athletes brochure will help kids and families get physically fit as they copy the athletic movements of the animals that can sometimes be found around the park.  

    For more information on Town Creek District Park, visit their Kids in Parks website.

  • Columbus County-Elizabeth Brinkley Park

    The 0.5-mile long walking path that loops around the pond has been designated as the park's TRACK Trail.  The trail is partially-paved, with the portion of the trail that's closer to the ball fields being paved.  The trail on the far side of the pond is a natural surface, providing a bridge and dam crossing to get across one of the creeks and across the pond back into the park.

    Elizabeth Brinkley Park provides visitors with the opportunity to recreate outdoors on one of the park's sports fields and tennis courts, play on the playground, or walk around the pond along the partially-paved walking path.

    The Hide and Seek, Need for Trees, and Pond Life brochures will allow visitors to learn about and engage with the natural resources found in the park, while the Animal Athletes brochure will encourage kids to do animal exercises in an attempt to improve their health in a fun, creative way. 

    For more information on Elizabeth Brinkley Park, visit their Kids In Parks website.  

  • New Hanover County-Smith Creek Park

    The Smith Creek Park TRACK Trail follows an easy 1.3 mile loop around a clear and beautiful spring-fed lake.

    This multi-use trail is ADA accessible and features play areas, scenic views, and opportunities to spot wildlife such as waterbirds and alligators.  The 35-acre lake also features a canoe and kayak launch, and is stocked for fishing.

    For more information on Smith Creek Park, visit their Kids in Parks website.  

  • Onslow County-Onslow Pines Park

    The trail system in the park features a 9/10 of a mile Fitness Trail that has several exercise stations along the route, as well as a 4/10 of a mile Nature Trail with interpretive stations and storm shelters.  Although the Fitness Trail was designated as the TRACK Trail in the park, the self-guided brochures can be used on either the Fitness Trail or the Nature Trail, or anywhere else in the park.

    With its numerous recreation fields, walking trail, nature trail, and picnic areas, it's easy to see why Onslow Pines Park is one of the premier recreation facilities in Jacksonville.  The park has regulation sized baseball, softball, little-league baseball, football, and soccer fields, as well as three volleyball, four lighted tennis, and two lighted basketball courts, offering plenty of opportunites for sports fans to get active.  The park also provides two covered pavilions with cooking stations, five designated picnic areas, playgrounds, and other leisure features for folks wanting to enjoy time outside.

    For more information on Onslow Pines Park, visit their Kids in Parks website.

  • Pender County-Miller's Pond Park

    The Miller's Pond Track Trail is a 0.53 mile loop trail that takes visitors around Miller's Pond. As you travel around the trail, visitors will be able to view the pond and the various wildlife found living there, from water turtles and birds in various species of frogs and fish.  The pond has several docks and fishing platforms, allowing park patrons to get an upclose view of plants and animals that call the pond home.  Visitors will also get to walk through the forest, using the brochure-led adventures to learn about the trees and other natural resources found in the park.

    In addition to the trail, the path also has a playground and picnic area that visitors to the park can use to further enjoy the environment.

    For more information on Miller's Pond Park, visit their Kids in Parks website.