Independence Park

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Trees, baseball diamonds, and--in the summer months--throngs of kids fill this 8-acre park, providing a respite from city life for urban dwellers looking for more than backyard recreation. The park offers swimming, basketball and other fun togetherness for families. On a typical warm day, kids shoot hoops outside or knock a baseball across the diamond. Inside the lofty, brick fieldhouse, kids can swim, play gymnastics, or take ballet lessons. There's plenty of action for adults, too--all on the cheap. Outdoor activities/facilities include several baseball and softball fields, a football-soccer field, four basketball standards, a volleyball court, four tennis courts, one spray pool, five horseshoe pits, two sandboxes and ice skating. Indoors, besides the pool and gym, is an assembly hall with stage. There are kitchens in the fieldhouse.