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Centennial Park offers a variety of activities for the whole family

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Bailey Lawson does laps Friday around Centennial Park. She will be a freshman this fall at Kingman High School and jogs 4-5 times per week at the park to prepare her to try out for the Bulldogs’ cross country team.

TERRY ORGAN/Miner<br> Bailey Lawson does laps Friday around Centennial Park. She will be a freshman this fall at Kingman High School and jogs 4-5 times per week at the park to prepare her to try out for the Bulldogs’ cross country team.

KINGMAN – Lisa Julle was headed for her car with sons Tyler, 9, and Kyle, 7, on Friday when she encountered a reporter in the parking lot at Centennial Park.

“We come here each morning Monday through Friday,” Julle said. “The boys are on the Dolphins’ swim team and when they’re swimming I can walk the track (for exercise).”

The boys also love the many activities available at Centennial Park.

“I like basketball and the playground,” Kyle said.

“I like track, practicing baseball and soccer in the fall,” Tyler added.

Centennial Park opened in 1982. It encompasses 41 acres and is the largest developed park of the Kingman Parks & Recreation Department, director Darel Fruhwirth said.

“We have things here people traditionally look for,” he said.

“Several volleyball leagues in town have a place to come and practice on weekends when there may not be a gym open. People who like horseshoes also come here.”

Centennial Park has one of two community pools, the other being Grandview Pool downtown. The park has picnic tables, shelters, grills, two playgrounds, electric connections and restrooms.

People with athletic inclinations will find seven softball fields, two racquetball courts, four tennis courts, a running trail, horseshoe pits, basketball and volleyball courts, and soccer fields.

The variety seems to be what makes Centennial one of the more popular of Kingman’s parks.

“We come at least five days a week,” Jill Moon said. “The kids are on the Dolphins’ swim team and I run here. The picnic tables lend to a family atmosphere that is very nice.”

Terry Miyauchi also visits the park five days per week.

“What we most enjoy is the pool,” Miyauchi said. “It’s unfortunate it’s only available for a short period of use (Memorial Day through Labor Day) during the year. I’d love to see it enclosed for year-round use.”

Anne Bathauer said she also enjoys the pool.

However, her family also utilizes the park’s softball facilities.

“We’re probably here five days and nights per week. The kids swim, play tennis, run and play softball. It’s a safe place for kids.”

Anyone wishing information on Centennial or any other city park may call 757-7919.

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