Downtown Owensboro, Kentucky has been a booming area even more so in the last couple of years after the complete landscape has been renovated. Millions of dollars were poured into this investment and it has helped transform this once sleepy area to a hot spot for families in this 4th largest Kentucky city. Businesses and tourist attractions have followed this huge investment making the money poured into the downtown area look like it is worth it at the moment.
At the center of all the renovations is Smothers Park right above the Ohio River and across from Indiana. Smothers Park has lots to offer all ages from the local musical acts that it hosts from the relaxing walks that couples in love can engage in. However, it is the play area for kids that really sets this park apart from the other popular parks in this bluegrass and barbeque northwestern Kentucky town.
The play area hosts a huge jungle gym for all ages. Giant slides or smaller baby slides are encompassed in this vast area which has swings for parents to sit in while they supervise. Kids can climb, swing and hang in this area while they burn off their seemingly endless amounts of energy. Legion Park in Owensboro has a jungle gym as well but it is nothing compared to the one in Smothers. The creators of the park also put the children’s safety in mind when constructing this park. If a child falls then they will not land on hard concrete but instead a soft rubbery surface that surprisingly looks in perfect condition after a couple years of kids playing on it.
There is also a smaller splash fountain located right next to the jungle gym for kids to cool off on hot summer days. The fountains typically are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and closed during the winter (although the jungle gym is open year round). Finally, there is a refreshment center next door so you can literally spend all day playing and then take a break for lunch. So if you haven’t already checked out Smothers Park in downtown Owensboro then today’s the day you should check out this local attraction.