“Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.” – Pietro Aretino
Welcome snow. Boots. Mittens. Beanie. Puffy coat. I’ve been waiting for you (although somewhat reluctantly). When temperatures dip below Indian summer sweetness—and darkness descends earlier than desired—I find it more tempting to stay indoors, cozy by a fire, dining with friends, or a doing myriad of other busy-ness to avoid winter’s chill. Although the above are delightful in a well-loved home, the need for nature and movement remains. An easy remedy when I need the sky above? Liberty Park.
Situated in the heart of Salt Lake proper, this 80-acre urban oasis of green is accessible from any neighborhood in the valley. I believe there is no bad weather, only bad clothing…so get in the right gear and enjoy a stroll, run, skip, dance, or ride in and around this safe sanctuary (with a bright path for the post-sunlight set). Century old trees create stunning sculpture in the landscape; if snow stays there is a blank canvas waiting for snow angels and snowmen to be made; if it melts Frisbee and other lawn sports are allowed year-round; geese, ducks, and seagulls who opted out of migration offer a symphony, in or out of tune, with their feathered friends at Tracey Aviary.
Speaking of…a visit to the Aviary is a staple stop. The renovations are tip-top and the birds are all a flutter in their new refuge. A favorite is the Owl Forest and finding the wise ones nestled in their homes. Destination Argentina is also a worthy visit. Don’t flamingos get cold? I guess if they can adapt to the weather so can I. The Aviary is a library of learning for all ages, and a welcome exchange of city noise for bird song. Prices, hours, and more at traceyaviary.org.
If seeing your breath while exercising isn’t your thing, move your feet inside tennis courts housed in a 72-degree bubble at the Liberty Park Tennis Center. League play, lessons, and court time are available at a small fee for the novice and the Nadal-like.
Al fresco (and in the bubble) liberty awaits you, everyday at Salt Lake City’s second largest park, between 900 and 1300 South and 500 and 700 East. And, it makes for a darn delicious jaunt when paired with dreamy breakfast or lunch dish from the Park Café (theparkcafeslc.com).