This park, with 50+ acres, situated off Up River Road [The Nueces River is nearby], along the Interstate 37 corridor...near the outskirts of Corpus Christi, Texas is one of the nicest parks. It is hilly, giving a walker a good work-out. AND YES, IT'S QUITE 'BROWN' because of the lack of rainfall once again!! There is a Senior Center, a swimming pool, a duck pond, many many many picnic areas for the family, a professional 18 whole disc golf course [explained by photos below], playgrounds, tennis courts, covered BBQ pits, paved trails, wide-open grassy knolls, and throughout the year, lots of birds frequent the dense trees of oak, willow, cottonwood and cypress. Spending hours here, just walking and enjoying the outdoors, is easily accomplished.
- The history of disc golf is closely tied to the history of the recreational flying disc (especially as popularized by the trademarked Frisbee). The first known instance of anyone playing golf with a flying disc occurred in Bladworth, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1926. Ronald Gibson and a group of his Bladworth Elementary School buddies played a game throwing tin plates at targets such as trees and fence posts. They called the game Tin Lid Golf and played on a fairly regular basis on a disc golf course they laid out on their school grounds. But, after they grew older and went their separate ways, the game came to an end. It wasn't until the 1970s that disc golf would be reintroduced to Canadians at the Canadian Open Frisbee Championships in Toronto. Modern disc golf started in the early 1960s, when it seems to have been invented in many places and by many people independently. Students at Rice University in Houston, Texas, for example, held tournaments with trees as targets as early as 1964, and in the early 1960s, players in Pendleton King Park in Augusta, Georgia would toss Frisbees in 50-gallon barrel trash cans designated as targets
...three photos I took of the disc baskets [targets]
As you can see, the ducks and geese [and gulls] are used to being fed bread, food scraps, and popcorn...they followed me about
As of now until Spring of 2017, the Guth Park's swimming pool is being renovated and repaired. So, I didn't walk up the hill to inspect.
Waling the paved trails, up and down the inclines, through the grassy open fields, there can be some distractions other than the birds and wildlife, and people watching. It's also just below the CCIA [Corpus Christi International Airport] airspace, so there are large commercial planes flying in to land...
I call this one "Wind Beneath My Wings"
Passenger Plane and just below its flight pattern...a Sea Gull!!
Of course, my main purpose driving to this park is the birds! Tho, in the Springtime, the different birds seen here can be well-numbered. But in the Summer months it's a woodpecker and Long Billed Curlew refuge!! I have never been here where there are never curlews!! They seem to flock here. On this day, July 7th, they didn't disappoint me. They were EVERYWHERE I walked!! Singles and couples...
...and while I was sitting at a picnic table in the shade to cool down and drink some icy water from my car's back-seat cooler, I watched a Golden Fronted Woodpecker just beyond my reach!
While getting on to TOO hot by mid morning, I did an about-face to reach my car. These furry fellows watched me closely...