Regular readers will remember that we’re big fans of finding Places To Take The Dog. In service of this goal, we’ve seen some of Montgomery’s worst scenery, trekked to Wetumpka to learn about the French and Indian War, discovered the disturbing truth about our Riverwalk’s sexual preferences and found a competitive (and, it seems, infrequently used) horseshoe pitch.
We’ve driven by Fox Hollow Park on the Atlanta Highway a few times, mostly when going to Health Wise Foods, or the Goodwill, or the mall (the latter usually reached under extreme duress requiring at least one margarita afterward). So the other day – one of approximately two days without rain in December – we decided to make a trip out of it.
Sadly, the park was not the destination we were hoping for. Which is not to say it wasn’t perfectly nice and inoffensive. It is a well-kept small neighborhood park with some playground equipment, a picnic area (boasting a grill that is clearly not a city-issued device), and an evenly paved trail that goes around the perimeter of the park. The park itself adjoins the Atlanta Highway, so there’s a little traffic noise and the concomitant danger that probably discourages off-leash dog action (not that we would ever do that). It’s nice. The grass is well kept up, and there’s even space to get a flag football game or something like that going. You could throw the Frisbee and there are some nice middle-aged trees. It’s clear that the neighborhood likes the park and probably gets a lot of use out of it.
It’s just not a destination park. That distinction has to be reserved for city parks or the Shakespeare Festival grounds or even Vaughan Park. But Fox Hollow Park is perfectly decent and might make a good place to have a picnic. It makes a nice selling point for the houses in that little neighborhood and we’re glad the city counts it among the many parks that it bothers to maintain.