One of the best parts about living in Monona is that there is a park within a short walk of every home.

Who needs expensive backyard play equipment with all the wonderful parks?

During our 11 years in Monona we’ve never managed to call any of the parks by their proper name, except for Arrowhead Park.

In fact, I don’t even know the proper names of some of the parks.

We call the Dream Park the Castle Park.

Winnequah Park is the Red Park.

The park and beach across from Monona Bait & Ice Cream is the Ice Cream Park.

The park by the pool is the Blue Park.

And Stone Bridge Park on Winnequah Rd…this is the Secret Park.

The Secret Park is my favorite of all the Monona parks.

There is no play equipment at this park.

The view is wondrous (the capitol is in the background across the lake) and I love the vintage street lamp:

There’s also bench where I can sit and read while the girls play. Aaaahh.

And the rocks on the steps… My girls are obsessed with these rocks.

If those steps were filled with Legos, Playmobil dolls or even Polly Pocket dolls, I don’t think it would hold their fascination the way these rocks do:

Then there’s this stone pagoda that’s tucked into the hill. You can’t see it until you’re almost upon it.

At first my girls thought it was an ancient well. It turns out they weren’t too far off the mark. A plaque on a boulder at the entrance of the park says it was built in the late 1880s and helped provide fresh water for the farm that was there at that time. The children in the area used it to make lemonade. Pretty cool.

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