W. C. Johnson Park, Collierville
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Very nice park that has fishing lakes baseball soccer fields with a water park/ sprinklers in the summer for kids! Lots of walking trails in the woods with a board walk that goes to the Wolf River ! L... read more »
Great place to let the kids run and play. Ample walking trails and beautiful scenery. With lakes, trails, tennis courts and Friday golf there is plenty to do. Very relaxed and superbly maintained.
We live in the area and this park has all you could ask for. Running and biking trails, a water park for the kids, playground, ball fields, etc. I take my dog out there regularly and always love the t... read more »
This is the gem of Collierville. My kids love the spray park and there is a lot of space and fields for a lot of sports. The nature trails and the wooden deck trail is awesome and well maintained. I wish they would extend the spray park days past Labor day to a bit later in September while it is still warm.
As a Germantown resident, we went to the splash park last Saturday not knowing that the policy had changed and you now have to be a Collierville resident to go to the splash park area. My 3 year old was SO excited as we led him into going to the park all week long just to be turned away. We were directed to go to Parks and Rec to get a pass for $10 per person per day. REALLY?? This isn't a freaking theme park! To top it off, the only time to get these outrageously priced passes is M-F 8-5, when most people are at work, making it impossible to get! The look of utter disappointment on my child's face will now forever be in my mind because of this .. racist, if you will, park. Stay classy, Collierville. GAC will get my money next year for an even better water area. ✌
It has been about two years since I took my kids to this sprinkler park. All week long we have been looking forward to having a family outing at the sprinkler park. We put on our swimsuits and got all geared up to go. It takes about 25 minutes of driving time to get from our home in East Memphis to Cox Park. On our way out to the park, we patronized a Collierville establishment to get a picnic for lunch. It is overcast today (July 23, 2016,) so we weren't too surprised the sprinkler pad was empty. There were only 4 boys (maybe 16 or 17 years old) sitting together at one of the picnic tables by the gate. There is now a chain link fence around the sprinkler section. I had not seen that the last time we were there, but thought it was erected for the safety of the children using the park. We walk up to the gate with all of our gear and food in hand, and one of the guys comes up to us and asks us if we have a recreational pass. I told him I didn't know what he was talking about. He then said, "do you live in Collierville?" I told him we lived in East Memphis. He said, "well, you can only use this park if you live in Collierville or if you have a rec. pass." He then informed me that the rec. office, where you buy the passes, is closed today... so we are out of luck. Sadly, that fence wasn't build to keep children safe, it was built to keep people out. Let me review. There are 5 people in towels and swimsuits with hot food in hand who have driven 25 minutes to get there and there isn't a soul at the sprinkler pad and there is no way we could buy these passes because their recreational office is closed and he isn't willing to make an exception. I maintained my composure, but needless to say, I am disappointed. Even more than that, I think it is sad that this sprinkler park is really only for a certain group of people now. That's sad. I guess there may be other public parks that practice this type of exclusivity, but I haven't run across those yet. For others, like me, who weren't aware of this recreational pass thing, each person must have a pass and it will cost you $10 per pass. Maybe it's just as well the rec. office was closed today, as I am not sure I would have been mentally prepared to spend $50.00 spend an hour at the park. Addendum: I have now spoken with a half dozen of my friends (all of whom live in Collierville) to talk about this situation and 5 of the six told me this is being done because Collierville residents were unhappy there were "so many Hispanics and African Americans frequenting the park and it was clear they were coming in from other areas outside the city" and this was the city's way to cut down on "those types of people." Really!!?? I'm glad we didn't end up staying; I am appalled.
Serene location. The park itself is pretty big. I love walking/running on their Boardwalk.
Perfect place for family outing. The entire park is well kept, complete with water play zone for kids and a sprawling nature walk.
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