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Runway Park at Greenville Downtown Airport is a one-of-a-kind playground experience with aircraft-themed play structures and a view of planes taking off and landing.

Cooler months are an ideal time to visit due to lack of shade. Lara Kaufmann, GMU’s public relations director, said shade structures are minimal to give clear views to pilots. The park is mostly fenced and includes a runway-inspired track for riding toys. Even during the week, the park is frequented by plenty of playmates, yet without crowd chaos. Educational markers will be placed this spring, Kaufmann said, although funds are needed for paved parking and restrooms. Plans call for restrooms to be added this year as well, she said. The current paved parking lot belongs to the Runway Cafe restaurant, Kaufmann explained, so park visitors should park in the unpaved lot to the right of the park.

Note to newcomers: Don’t go to the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer; this park is located at the Greenville Downtown Airport, 21 Airport Road Extension, Greenville.

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