BY BILL McCUTCHEON
It’s summer and time for fun with the family — whether in Paris, Paris Landing State Park or anywhere on the shores of Kentucky Lake.
While Paris has several parks, the three main ones offer a variety of activities.
McNeill Park is the largest and has baseball, softball,
T-ball and soccer fields that stay busy with local teams and area tournaments throughout the year. It also has playgrounds for younger children.
Ogburn Park also has playgrounds, a nice picnic pavilion, a shaded picnic area and relatively new basketball courts.
At Eiffel Tower Park, there are good walking trails, a picnic pavilion in a wooded area, tennis courts, disc golf course and the city swimming pool, where 4-year-old Jeff Hicks (upper left photo) — visiting from Orlando, Fla. — had fun on the pool’s opening day. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays as well as from 1-6 p.m. Sundays.
By next summer, the city plans to have a new splash pad open there.
At the Paris Civic Center, there’s an indoor pool, elevated walking track, workout rooms and basketball court.
The pool there is open from 6-7:30 a.m., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. weekdays as well as from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.
For golfers, Paris Country Club offers a nine-hole course, while Paris Landing State Park has an 18-hole course.
There’s a large pool at the state park as well. It’s open from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Admission is $5 a person.
There are picnic areas, including pavilions, at Paris Landing, and of course, the huge marina.
The weekend after Labor Day each year, a huge arts and crafts festival is held in the wooded area as well as the area near the large pavilion.
There’s also an amphitheater where musical acts perform during the summer.
The main event of the Tennessee River Jam will be held at the state park, June 28-30.
Several of the resorts on Kentucky Lake offer picnic opportunities and a few offer entertainment on weekends.