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Wonderful park for kids and grown ups

They renovated the park this year and the new playground equipment is so interesting and fun that... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
Allison H
Gem Perfectly Set In The Center

Carson Park sits like an island, surrounded on 3 sides by the calm waters of Half Moon Lake. With... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
Cynthia S
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

They renovated the park this year and the new playground equipment is so interesting and fun that parents can be found playing alongside their kids on the jungle gyms. Big trees, lots of picnic spots, access to the bike trails, and the well-attended ball fields ensure that this park has lots of traffic- but it has never felt too crowded. On Sunday afternoons in the summer, the little steam engine can be ridden for a couple dollars- its a fun sweet little ride for train lovers!

Thank Allison H
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

Carson Park sits like an island, surrounded on 3 sides by the calm waters of Half Moon Lake. With Cathedral-like tall pines, and a road that meanders around and through the woodland park, leading to the Chippewa Valley Museum, Paul Bunyan and the Lumber Museum, The Chippewa Valley Railway (a scale model with cars the whole family can ride) Horse Shoe Pits, a huge, accessible children's play area and Picnic Pavillions, there's something for everyone. Top that off with superbly maintained athletic football, baseball and softball fields, used by the the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, as well as all the local High School teams, along with the Local Cavalier's Baseball Team and you've got a really great place to visit. The Cherry on top, is the cut sandstone baseball facility. With the woods surrounding portions of it, this charming spot is the place where baseball great Hank Aaron got his start, and it's architecture harkens back to that time, while at the same time, it's modernized to accommodate the fans of the summer Northwood's league of premium college players from around the USA, making up the team "Eau Claire Express". If you come to a game, along with watching the Osprey's, who nest on top of one of the big lights between the football and baseball fields, you can buy tickets and hang out on the fan deck, or buy a ticket for premium or bleacher seats. The food and beverage options abound, the between-innings fun for the family entertainment, and the Friday night fireworks are literally a blast. Once in a while, a baseball scout will show up to watch one of the college stand-outs, and that's fun too. With all of this packed into one park, you would think it would feel overcrowded somehow, but that is simply not the case. As the roads through the park meander, there are sections where woods close off views into the park, while you can see out over the open water, or stop and enjoy fishing by a marsh area, or off the new, accessible fishing spots off the entrance causeway. Athletes use the park for walking, running and biking in the summer, and portions of road are closed off for cross country skiing in the winter. Like most of Eau Claire, you can bike or drive out into the beautiful rolling countryside in minutes, or get in a canoe or kayak and enjoy the city and park from the water. I have loved this park since I came to Eau Claire as a student, and biked through it often (before we had bike trails throughout the city) and I often drive through it just to enjoy the calming scenery. Carson Park is a perfect gem set into the center of a small city with a lot to offer.

Thank Cynthia S
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Reviewed 17 September 2018

Attended the Walk Out of Darkness event. The park is very well cared for. Bathrooms are clean. Very large play structure available for children. Nice walking paths with other activities available. This would be a great spot for a break to a busy day.

Thank Kathy M
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Reviewed 28 August 2018

The ball park is historical. You can take in a baseball game in a quaint stadium or a football game with great seating. If you like local history, Paul Bunyon Park is excellent.

Thank BoardingPass675831
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Reviewed 27 August 2018

The playground equipment was recently replaced and they turned it into a really incredible park. There are play pieces for all ages and even some that are handicap accessible.

Thank andrewe42018
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Reviewed 24 August 2018

This public park--no entry fee--is outstanding and just updated. I actually visited it in November, when it was still undergoing an overhaul, and it's really outstanding now. There are all kinds of fun pieces of play equipment--zipline, slides, musical toys, a merry-go-round that is actually safe--as well as trails through the forest, plentiful picnic benches, and water on three sides. Great for any day when you don't have precipitation.

Thank JSSAmber
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Reviewed 20 August 2018

Steps away from the bikepath near the Mayo Clinic is Carson Park. There's a small lake full of bass and panfish. There's a mini-beach. There are many places to post up a picnic and swat mosquitos while luring close the local wildlife.

Thank CR D
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Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

We visited this park two years ago and thought it was loads of fun; however, the new equipment added makes this park more fun than ever.

Thank AnnKirby
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Reviewed 8 August 2018

Great park with a lot of activities. If you looking for something as simple as a walk Carson has you covered. It has a great playground for my daughter, you can catch a baseball game and Halfmoon lake is not a bad little paddle for the kayaks.

Thank Chas W
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Reviewed 7 August 2018

Took the kids to play on the new playground and I don't know who had more fun the kids or the teenagers. Something for everyone there.

Thank csmith156581
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