Parks: Keepin' it Real in West Palm Beach

Sometimes simplicity is just better. One of my favorite towns, West Palm Beach, does it again. George Petty Park is a shining example of how a small do-it-yourself park makes a big impact.

Within walking distance from my favorite relative's house, I come here quite often. Situated on a small waterfront lot, George Petty Park is a low tech approach to public spaces. Beautiful water view? Check. Sandy beach? Check. Playground equipment? Check. But it's not what you think.

George Petty Park Today:

After a grueling day of keeping the kids quiet at a full day of Rosh Hashana services, we headed to the park. The big kids were pooped, so my sister and I brought the little one to the tot lot down the street. But to my surprise, the park now had a new set of playground equipment. It was colorful and modern and I found my adult self wanting to test it out!

George Petty Park Then:

A few years back, this park was really bare bones. A wooden swing set made of what looks like reclai