Joe Henry Memorial Park and
Yuma Territory Live Steamers Mini-Train Rides
Joe Henry Memorial Park is a quiet, out of the way park located at North 23rd Ave. and W Colorado St. (not to be confused with Joe Henry Optimist Park – 1793 South 1st Avenue). To get there, simply take Avenue B North until you reach 1st Ave, then turn right. The park will be on your left.
Joe Henry offers two playground areas. Neither has a sun-shade, so this park is better suited to the winter months. The play area closest to the parking lot appears to be older, but it has plenty of fun stuff to do. Rock walls, monkey bars and tunnels, as well as four big swings and two baby swings. There are also two restrooms right next to the parking lot, which is always a great convenience!
The second play area appears much newer and has the basic slides, ladders and tunnels. It is located right next to the mini train tracks, where kids can take a ride on the (mini) rails!
The Yuma Territory Live Steamers is a designated non-profit organization that owns and operates a 1/8 scale railroad with a mission to educate children of all ages about the heritage of railroads. They offer rides on their mini-railroad at Joe Henry Park (with 1,000 feet of track circling the corner of the park).
The train guys!
Rides are available the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month from October through May. Their hours of operation for 2012-2013 are 12pm – 4 pm. They ask for a $1.00 donation per rider and will take you zooming around the track (at a whopping 12 mph) twice! Ok so it’s not Disneyland but it’s something that should impress most three-year olds. Choo choo!