How Arlington is Positively Influencing Youth

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By Mackenzie Moff

As a teen in Arlington, I’ve noticed that my upbringing has been shaped by our small town. I’ve also noticed that this small town seems to be growing up with me. Arlington has so many activities and healthy places for teens to hang out. I would love to share my favorite nooks and crannies with you!

From Haller Park’s splash pad to Legion Park’s winding walkway, there is nowhere in Arlington that isn’t connected through the expansive network of roads and pathways. Before I could drive myself places, transportation was hardly ever a problem.

Jensen Park and Terrace Park were some of my personal favorite playgrounds when I was a child. And who could forget the river? Although swimming in the river can be dangerous, it’s never a bad idea to find a sunny spot on the riverbank and spend time with family and friends.

As I’ve aged, more opportunities for fun have been provided to me through the school district. I am a very active part of the Drama program at Arlington High School. I know personally that our Theater and Choir performances are perfect for the community if they’re looking for a cheap but talent-filled show! Or, if the Arts aren’t your style, you could always attend one of our many sports games. Football season is the most popular, but all of Arlington High School’s sports teams are incredibly talented and fun to watch. A kid can even get a head start in sports at the Arlington Boys and Girls Club, where every star student athlete I know began their journey in athleticism.

If you’re looking for a casual date location or perhaps just a hangout with friends, there are plenty of places to go downtown to talk or have fun. The Mirkwood does karaoke nights often, which my choir friends and I attend frequently. If loud music irks you, the Fountain is a classic but quiet option to get food and a milkshake. We also have the newly opened Silver Scoop, where you can grab an ice cream cone before strolling through Legion Park.

I can’t imagine growing up somewhere where I couldn’t find fun, safe ways to spend my time.

Hopefully, you feel the same!

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