Between the paved parking lot and the covered pavilion and playground, a nice expanse of green space allows for a range of outdoor activities. Picnic tables, additional seating and a couple of grills are under the wing-shaped pavilion. Inside the enclosed playground are a variety of swings and a couple of climbing apparatuses. The restroom has been designed after the airport’s tower.
On a recent afternoon visit, grandparents and young families spent time in the playground and watched as planes descended to the runway.
At the front of the park is a mounted 1964 Beechcraft Muskateer surrounded by the “Mechanics of Motion” exhibit designed to engage and educate visitors. Each panel provides information about topics such as aerodynamics, weather, flight language, discovery of flight and related subject matter. The STEM exhibit displays a QR code on each panel for additional activities.
“We worked with Kennesaw State University to design a full sweep of educational exhibits that will be out at the park that are focused on aviation, both the history and also the STEM education of aviation and flight,” Hogan said.
“It will be a full educational opportunity for field trips for our local schools and homeschoolers.”
Excited to finish the exhibits up, she indicated that one would be installed by the end of the year and the remaining two in 2022.
Currently all programming has been postponed, but their first annual 5k/10k, the new Noonday Shanty 5k/10k is set for March 26, 2022. The race will be on Noonday Creek Trail and the 10k route will run by Aviation Park.
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