It was a gorgeous spring day, perfect for a picnic in the park. There were three of us in the car- my daughter, her 14 month old son, and me. We drove to Moss Park, thinking we'd pay a small fee for the day use; $3, we thought. The attendant peered into the car. "Three of you? That's $5". We dug around for the extra $2, paid, and proceeded into the park. Which, except for a family of four fishing lakeside,, was absolutely silent and empty. Yes, it may have been because it was a Monday. But I suspect that the steep fee to use the park played a part in whether people choose to go there.
That said, the play structure at this park is absolutely the best I've ever seen in an outdoors setting. My grandson, a relatively new walker, had a blast with the challenges that were scaled to his tiny body and abilities. He had so much fun. We took a walk and saw huge flocks of water birds- herons, cranes, etc. A highlight was watching a mother heron feed her chick.
On the way out, we stopped to ask about season passes. Since my daughter and her husband live only ten minutes from the park, it would make sense to spend the $$ on a pass. No, we were told, for two people you always pay $3; and for 3-8 people, you always pay $5, with graduated amounts after that.
What a shame that this play structure, this amazing park, sits empty on such a day...come on, Orlando, make season passes available to families who would use it all year long!
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