Jetton Park offers wildlife, amenities
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Friday, Apr. 25, 2014

Jetton Park offers wildlife, amenities

One of my favorite places in Cornelius is Jetton Park. When my sons were younger and the weather was warm, our family would go there at least once a week to the playground, to ride bikes or to have a cookout at one of the picnic sites.

Now that it’s spring, I’m at Jetton several times a week.

The 104 acres that make up Jetton Road Neighborhood Park, on Jetton Road, have a beach (but no swimming), picnic areas (some with grills), a playground, tennis courts, a biking and a walking trail, a formal garden, a gazebo and Waterfront Hall. The hall, an indoor, rentable facility, can seat 75 people inside and 24 outside.

Admission to the park is free during the week, but you have to pay on the weekends from March through October. Parking is spread throughout the park. For information or to reserve some of the facilities, go to charmeck.org and search for Jetton Park.

My 5-year-old dog, Daisy, and I go to Jetton several time a week for walks. According to her veterinarian, Daisy is about 10 percent over her ideal weight, so we walk to help her lose the weight and to keep us both fit.

The trails are marked, so we know how far we’ve gone. I particularly like that most of the trails are shaded, so it’s never too hot. Also, many of the trails border Lake Norman, giving you great views, especially at sunset.

We walk in Jetton Park because I love the scenery, Daisy loves the smells and we both love the surprises we often get there.

Two weeks ago, before we really started our walk, I was adjusting my pedometer to get an accurate count of my steps, and we both heard lots of noise in the woods. Luckily, Daisy stayed still and quiet, because about 50 feet in front of us, three deer passed by.

Last week, we met a woman and her dog, and the four of us took our walks together (hello to Karen). This week, Daisy and I stopped at the beach area and watched a photo shoot at the edge of the lake, with models in bathing suits.

Jetton is not the only park in Cornelius. We have other parks, more than many other towns the same size. But I feel very lucky to live in a town that has such a wonderful place with so much to do and see.

Lisa Daidone is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Lisa? Email her at ldaidone@hotmail.com.

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