Holmes Park offers shade, fewer crowds
Since it’s outside our normal stomping grounds, Holmes Park was a recent discovery for us.
I wouldn’t have sought this park out for the small playground. Near League Middle School in the Dellwood neighborhood, signage said the play structure is only for older children, but we found lots of preschoolers using it.
The greenspace and trees are really what makes this park nice. Next to the playground is an amazing live oak tree for climbing, which is a rare find here in the Upstate. I so surprised to see this unusual tree, I reached out to Barbara Smith, a consumer horticulture agent for Clemson Extension. Smith said live oaks are not indigenous to the Upstate, but they can grow here. The low-hanging branches were easy to for my kids to reach, and surprisingly sturdy for a live oak. Even a couple of young men tackled the tree during our visit.
There are nine acres to explore beyond the playground with plenty of shade. If you wanted to get out of the house on a warm, summer day, this is a place to find some relief from the sunshine.
Rather than hitting the playground, nature attracted my kids first. Clover-covered hillsides caught my oldest child’s eye. She made chains of clover with her sisters, and we attracted a curious preschooler friend who wanted to watch how to make them.
Attendance at the park was sparse, but it wasn’t deserted. It was nice to make a friend without a crowd competing for the swings. Going in the middle of the week during the school year, however, we didn’t see any big kids. Reviews from disc golfers state the wide, open spaces without crowds make it a satisfying place for a game. The course is nine holes.
Most facilities are clustered around the parking area, with the green space starting behind the playground. The new restroom at the park is one of many upgrades the City of Greenville has planned for construction this summer. Reservations are not taken for the picnic pavilion (with five tables) at this park. Athletes will appreciate that the softball field also had two soccer goals, and there were two tennis courts waiting to see players.
The park is located at 111 Holmes Dr., Greenville.