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Give us your examples of parks and planes co-existing



Send us your examples of parks and planes co-existing.

Officials of the Chicago Park District are being quoted in the paper as saying:

"There are no parks where airstrips are a compatible use."

Baloney!

This is flat out untrue.  There are hundreds if not thousands of airports in the U.S. alone where parks and airports co-exist side by side. 

In the Chicago area alone, Palwaukee Airport is adjacent to the Cook County Forest Preserve, and DuPage Airport is adjacent to a golf course.  Many small airports exist right in state and national parks.  Many more have parks adjacent with observation areas to enjoy the excitement of planes taking off and landing.

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Submittedby:
Chris Jones
Email:
caflyer96@yahoo.com
Airport:
Monroe Custer
AirportID:
KTTF
City:
Monroe
State:
Mi
Country:
USA

Weblinks

Monroe Custer Airport

Comments

Monroe has a 5000' runway 3/21. The airport is owned by the City of Monroe and is adjecent to soccer fields, softball diamonds and "Munson Park". The people that visit the park seem to enjoy the sight of GA planes doing takeoffs and landings, And there seems to be no problem with safety.

Submittedby:
Rick Rezabek
Email:
rrezabek@pacbell.net
Airport:
Agua Dulce Airpark Ranch
AirportID:
L70
City:
Agua Dulce
State:
CA
Country:
USA

Weblinks

www.aguadulceairpark.com

Comments

The airstrip has undergone wonderful upgrades over the past two years from a new owner. Barry Kirschner has installed a soccer field at the west end of the airport, a motocross course, a volleyball field with sand and two courts, a lounge with two pool tables, and an olympic size swimming pool. All of these are within 200 ft of the runway and taxiways. It is a beautiful setting.

Submittedby:
Scott Pierce
Email:
scott.pierce@eds.com
Airport:
Dallas Love Field
AirportID:
KDAL
City:
Dallas
State:
TX
Country:
USA

Weblinks

http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?searchtype=address&country=US&addtohistory=&searchtab=home&address=&city=Dallas&state=TX&zipcode= http://www.airnav.com/airport/KDAL

Comments

Bachman Lake Park is directly adjacent to the Northwest end of the Airport property. The park is at a slightly lower elevation than the airport property and is less than 100m from RW's 13L and 13R. The park is a popular and heavily used venue in Dallas. The airport is home base for Southwet Airlines and also serves GA aircraft.

Submittedby:
Scott Pierce
Email:
scott.pierce@eds.com
Airport:
Dallas Executive Airport *Formerly Red Bud Aiport
AirportID:
KRDB
City:
Dallas
State:
TX
Country:
USA

Weblinks

http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?searchtype=address&country=US&addtohistory=&searchtab=home&address=&city=Dallas&state=TX&zipcode= http://www.airnav.com/airport/KRBD

Comments

KRDB has two parks and one country club within the vicinity of the airport. Red Bird Park is less than 100m East of the airport property. Boulder Park is adjacent the South side of the airport property (across Red Bird Ln.) and approx. 600m from the threshold of RW 35. Oak Cliff Country Club is approx. 700m Southeast of the airport property and approximately 850m from the threshold of RW 31. The airport services GA aircraft and helicopters (including Dallas police helicopters). I hope this helps in refuting the proposterous notion that parks and airports cannot coexist.

Submittedby:
Jack Burton
Email:
Airport:
Brookhaven Calabro Municipal Airport
AirportID:
HWV
City:
Shirley
State:
NY
Country:
USA

Weblinks

http://www.airnav.com/airport/KHWV

Comments

The airport property contains two public baseball fields and a public playground. They are really not too visible in the Airnav picture, but they are quite popular during baseball season.

Submittedby:
Craig Burson
Email:
cnburson@hotmail.com
Airport:
Columbia Airport
AirportID:
O22
City:
Columbia
State:
CA
Country:
USA

Weblinks

http://www.airnav.com/airport/O22

Comments

On-airport camping (tent under your wing!) Town of Columbia and Combia State Park are within walking distance. State forestry fire air tanker operations based on the airport. One of the nicest airports I camped at!

Submittedby:
Aaron
Email:
Airport:
Santa Barbara Municipal
AirportID:
SBA
City:
Santa Barbara
State:
CA
Country:
USA

Weblinks

http://www.flysba.com

Comments

Girsh park, home to a couple baseball fields where little league games are held, and several basketball courts and soccer fields, sits one mile from the approach end of runway 7 at SBA (577 operations/day according to airnav.com). It has recently become a popular site for community festivals drawing thousands. The park and the airport seems to coexist without creating any trouble.

Submittedby:
Aaron
Email:
Airport:
Santa Barbara Municipal
AirportID:
SBA
City:
Santa Barbara
State:
CA
Country:
USA

Weblinks

http://www.flysba.com

Comments

Girsh park, home to a couple baseball fields where little league games are held, and several basketball courts and soccer fields, sits one mile from the approach end of runway 7 at SBA (577 operations/day according to airnav.com). It has recently become a popular site for community festivals drawing thousands. The park and the airport seems to coexist without creating any trouble.

Submittedby:
Kenn Lawson
Email:
Airport:
Rough River Dam State Park
AirportID:
2I3
City:
Falls of Rough
State:
KY
Country:
USA

Weblinks

http://www.ky.gov/agencies/parks/i65frames/roughrv2-body.htm http://www.airnav.com/airport/2I3 http://www.roughriver.org/rough_river_airport_info.html

Comments

The Commonwealth of Kentucky operates a beautiful State Park with an airport as an integral element of it. The Airport is located in a large park and an is very busy on pretty days. Golf, swimming, boating, fishing, lodging, and camping are all available.

Submittedby:
Mark Hassen
Email:
markhassen@hotmail.com
Airport:
Mackinac Island Airport
AirportID:
MCD
City:
Mackinac Island
State:
MI
Country:
USA

Weblinks

http://www.airnav.com/airport/KMCD

Comments

State park. No cars allowed, only horses and airplanes :)

Submittedby:
John Johnston
Email:
jjohnston8@nc.rr.com
Airport:
First Flight, Billy Mitchel, Ocracoke Island
AirportID:
FFA, HSE, W95
City:
Outer Banks
State:
NC
Country:
USA

Weblinks

http://data2.itc.nps.gov/parks/caha/ppMaps/CAHAmap1%2Epdf

Comments

All of the airports on NC's Outerbanks are within National Park boundaries.

Submittedby:
Adam Baker
Email:
kabbak@cox.net
Airport:
Norfolk International Airport
AirportID:
KORF
City:
Norfolk
State:
Virginia
Country:
USA

Weblinks

http://www.nbgs.org/ http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?ovi=1&zoom=8&mapdata=b%2frmlwLQFLJ3ah%2fh3TFXfFSUxjgRcY7oNiUCN1rXADrVfta%2bvF%2bW1D6rz%2bUtKD8Tn35yMzrUzH1sxGZALIIxzk%2b%2fT9HHTorQJLLU6753StQyFigT5QUXL03AkPTiSiGxxiGGWp6mNesMNRyf3uHcUmhn%2bZKHGD%2fXTcFhffek23M4rOROK43JoOrOi0aMz2V%2fANMfDreuW5CYhB%2fx74X%2bspu41rN4f0PjFMxuHtPiZGqcJ4H6rAsEvvkkfAnvCsex8FlHIWLI%2fhR1ZGcgikfpTF3BdmEQNwJCK8Y0%2bridCuJd2jd681G6dvHa8KmMqLHBU8e1qP63F151VbhaTd1CF%2fUq0VAelQkO8iXlpljuhguiS9qU8tiJYUyvYZo4NgrWs2nrJMKrZWejjy89Ne0FrCvkS7liaEBSmqt4z5pMMbdVCD2mCBW7QtboUeBtmLqcaEiyEXUmoGgHKkxFKxjsOvK6XchD2%2bJH

Comments

The Norfolk Botanical Gardens (the www.nbgs.org link), located in Norfolk, Virginia is positioned right next to the Norfolk International Airport. With eight airlines and nearly 200 daily flights, the Norfolk Airport is a very busy airport. The Norfolk Botanical Gardens is so close to the airport that there is an airport observation deck, which is near enough to one of the taxiways, you can wave to the pilots! People seem to ENJOY watching aircraft arrive and depart. The rest of the gardens run pretty much parallel to the airport's runway, 5/23. The Nofolk Bontanical Gardens, which is a beautiful and peaceful place, is certainly not affected by the aircraft. The INTERNATIONAL airport does not take away from the gardens one bit (I've been there countless times and my family even has a membership). In conclusion, it is possible to have even a MAJOR airport situated RIGHT NEXT to a beautiful place with a park-like atmosphere. To view some of the fantastic things the Norfolk Botanical Gardens has to offer, just visit the top link (www.nbgs.org). To view a map at mapquest displaying how close the airport is to the gardens, follow the long link (sorry about the length; hopefully you can copy and paste!). I hope this information truly shows that a really nice outdoors area is able to be located next to a large, busy airport. Thank you for your time, and best of luck in your possible "Parks and Planes: A Vision for Meigs Field and Northerly Island" project! Sincerely, Adam Baker; age 14

Submittedby:
mike mendick
Email:
mikey33@galaxy5.com
Airport:
Ronald Reagan National airport
AirportID:
was?
City:
Washington DC
State:
 
Country:
USA

Weblinks

http://www.nps.gov/gwmp/

Comments

there is a nice park rdirectly to the north of the airport. It is very nice to have a picnic when the planes are taking off to the north, they fly right over your head.

Submittedby:
Jon
Email:
 
Airport:
Heber Airpark
AirportID:
 
City:
Gansevoort
State:
NY
Country:
USA

Weblinks

http://www.airwaymeadowsgolf.com/flyngolf.htm

Comments

The golf course is a pristine 18 hole championship golf course that has a small airport located at the center of the course. You can't look up without seeing aircraft landing or taking off. In fact, there is a tunnel that goes underneath the runway in order to make the distance between holes shorter. This is a great example of how a park and a airport can work very well off of each other.

Submittedby:
Don Taylor
Email:
donaldmciver@mac.com
Airport:
Bullfrog Basin
AirportID:
U07
City:
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
State:
UT
Country:
USA

Weblinks

http://www.airnav.com/airport/U07

Comments

In Glen Canyon NRA- baoting, hiking, canyoneering, etc.

Submittedby:
Don Taylor
Email:
donaldmcievr@mac.com
Airport:
Kalaupapa
AirportID:
LUP
City:
Kalaupapa
State:
HI
Country:
USA

Weblinks

http://www.airnav.com/airport/PHLU http://www.nps.gov/kala/

Comments

Located within Kalaupapa National Historic Park, site of Father Damien's leper colony. Reachable only on foot, by pack animal, or airplane

Submittedby:
Don taylor
Email:
donaldmciver@mac.com
Airport:
Dillingham airfield
AirportID:
HDH
City:
Mokuleia
State:
HI
Country:
USA

Weblinks

http://areas.wildernet.com/pages/area.cfm?areaID=HISPSI&CU_ID=1 http://www.airnav.com/airport/PHDH

Comments

Dillingham airfield is an army airfield used by GA pilots on tehn NW corner of Oahu. It abuts Kaena Point State Park, with swimming, hiking, and wildlife watching (endangered Hawaiin monk seals pull up here frequently)

Submittedby:
Don taylor
Email:
donaldmciver@mac.com
Airport:
Honolulu International
AirportID:
HNL
City:
Honolulu
State:
HI
Country:
USA

Weblinks

http://areas.wildernet.com/pages/area.cfm?areaID=HISPSI&CU_ID=1

Comments

HNL is a few hundred yards across the water from Sand Island State recreation area, with camping, swimming, etc.

Submittedby:
Don Taylor
Email:
donaldmciver@mac.com
Airport:
Raleigh-Durham International
AirportID:
RDU
City:
Raleigh and Durham,
State:
NC
Country:
USA

Weblinks

http://www.airnav.com/airport/KRDU http://www.ils.unc.edu/parkproject/visit/wium/wium.jpg

Comments

RDU is adjacent to William B. Umpstead State Park, with horseback riding, nonpower boating, hiking and picknicking among the activities...

Submittedby:
Don Taylor
Email:
donaldmciver@mac.com
Airport:
Raleigh-Durham International
AirportID:
RDU
City:
Raleigh and Durham,
State:
NC
Country:
USA

Weblinks

http://www.airnav.com/airport/KRDU http://www.ils.unc.edu/parkproject/visit/wium/wium.jpg

Comments

RDU is adjacent to William B. Umpstead State Park, with horseback riding, nonpower boating, hiking and picknicking among the activities...

Submittedby:
Don Taylor
Email:
donaldmcievr@mac.com
Airport:
Borrego Springs
AirportID:
L08
City:
Borrego Springs
State:
CA
Country:
USA

Weblinks

http://www.airnav.com/airport/L08

Comments

Surrounded by Anza Borrego State Park - largest CA SP. Hiking, mountains, Native american artifacts, etc.

Submittedby:
Don Taylor
Email:
donaldmciver@mac.com
Airport:
Grand Canyon
AirportID:
GCN
City:
Grand Canyon
State:
AZ
Country:
USA

Weblinks

http://www.airnav.com/airport/KGCN

Comments

In National Forest less than 1 mi s of NP boundary. Several other airsrips are on the rim in various places- I don't have a phoenix sectional handy.

Submittedby:
Don Taylor
Email:
donaldmciver@mac.com
Airport:
Furnace creek, stovepipe wells
AirportID:
L06, L09
City:
Furnce crrek and stovepipe wells, Death valley National Park
State:
CA
Country:
USA

Weblinks

http://www.airnav.com/airport/L06 http://www.airnav.com/airport/L09

Comments

Both airstrips are within Death Valley Nationsl Park and are ajacent to campgrounds, hotels and swimming pools. FC is also adjacent to the NP visitor center and museum.

Submittedby:
Don Taylor
Email:
donaldmciver@mac.com
Airport:
Hayward Air Terminal, Palo Alto Airport,
AirportID:
HWD, PAO, LVK
City:
Hayward, Palo Alto, Livermore, San Carlos
State:
CA
Country:
USA

Weblinks

http://www.airnav.com/airport/KHWD http://www.airnav.com/airport/KPAO http://www.airnav.com/airport/KLVK http://www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/vgn/images/portal/cit_611/60756239100aDPI.jpg

Comments

3 municipal airports (Hwd, PAO, LVK- PAO owned by Santa Clara County), are adjacent to public golf courses, as can be seen in photos from airnav. San Carlos is owned by San Mateo County, and is adjacent to San Francisco Bay National Wildlife refuge land. All are in the bay area.

Submittedby:
Don Taylor
Email:
donaldmcievr@mac.com
Airport:
San Simeon
AirportID:
66CA
City:
San Simeon
State:
CA
Country:
USA

Weblinks

http://www.airnav.com/airport/66CA

Comments

Airstrip surrounded by San Simeon State Historic Park ("hearst Castle")

Submittedby:
Don Taylor
Email:
donaldmciver@mac.com
Airport:
Billy Mitchell
AirportID:
HSE
City:
Hatteras
State:
NC
Country:
USA

Weblinks

http://www.airnav.com/airport/KHSE

Comments

along with Ocracoke Island airport (http://www.airnav.com/airport/W95 an airstrip in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, administered by the NPS.

Submittedby:
Don Taylor
Email:
donaldmciver@mac.com
Airport:
first flight
AirportID:
FFA
City:
Kitty Hawk
State:
NC
Country:
USA

Weblinks

http://www.airnav.com/airport/KFFA

Comments

Airstrip in the first national seashore- Cape Hatteras NS

Submittedby:
Don Taylor
Email:
donaldmcievr@mac.com
Airport:
Catalina
AirportID:
AVX
City:
Avalon
State:
CA
Country:
USA

Weblinks

http://www.catalina.com/airport.html#Airport http://www.airnav.com/airport/KAVX

Comments

Catlina Island GA airstrip. Island is owned by the Catalina Isdland Conservancy, initial funding was from the nature conservancy!

 

Index Airport Location Comments From Links
58 AJO-Corona Municipal Airport Cornoa, CA I am a California based pilot and one shining example that I can provide of a multiple use complex is the Corona airport. (AJO)There is a fine little citizens park on the south side of the field.The airport itself is nestled between national forest and the 91 freeway, residential as well as industrial business park structures flank it's perimeter.This is a high density A/C traffic corridor to LA and Orange Co situated airports. I have seen on numerous occasions families playing with their children in the park with the impressionable ones peering through the fence watching the planes in action. Isn't that was how most of us got our start anyway? Jefferson Brooks  
57 S75-Payette Municipal Airport Payette, ID The Payette, Idaho airport is built at the edge of the town golf course. Paul Smith  
56 3EX - Excelsior Springs Memorial Airport Excelsior Springs, MO Runway practically in the middle of a golf course. DW Taylor  
55 SUS-Spirit of St. Louis St. Louis, MO (Busy place) !   Golf Course adjacent & on South side of runway. DW Taylor  
54 SIK-Sikeston Memorial Municipal Airport Sikeston, MO Golf course wraps around runway. DW Taylor  
53 WTZ-Toronto Island Airport Toronto, Ontario, Canada The best one near a big city (like Chicago) is Toronto Island Airport right in downtown Toronto, right next to a lovely park and boat marina JG  
52 W16-Firstair Airport Monroe, WA Monroe Washington and the State Fair grounds are right next to each other, and have cross over events. Marjie Stewart  
51 PSC-Tri-Cities Airport Pasco, WA There's a golf course I believe at Pasco WA, and it and the airport are not the same, by "use each other". It's a flyin golf destination. Marjie Stewart  
50 09S-Sullivan Lake State Metaline Falls, WA Sullivan Lake State Park in Washington, has an airstrip. It's a drive in flyin camping spot. Marjie Stewart  
49 LL22- Brookeridge Airport Downers Grove, IL Brookeridge Air Park is about 15 miles west of Midway Airport it has parks, about 80 - 100 homes with hangers and an airport .... my back yard is the airport and I have lived here for over 20 years and never a problem. Sue Nealey  
48 DPA- DuPage Airport West Chicago, IL DuPage Airport is adjacent to the Prairie Landing Golf Club, located on airport authority property. Steve Whitney  
47 PWK- Palwaukee Airport Wheeling, IL Adjacent to the Cook County Forest Preserve along the Des Plaines River. Josh Levy  
46 LL10-Naper Aero Naperville, IL The Naper Aero Club (the Naperville, IL residential airpark I call home) has, as its east side neighbor, the Springbrook Forest Preserve (DuPage County Forest Preserve). The county and we residents of Naper Aero think it is a "compatible use." Chuck Keskimaki  
45 C59-Lake Lawn Delavan, WI Adjacent to a waterfront resort, golf course, fields, and park land.    
44 EDNX- Schleissheim, Airport Schleissheim, Germany One example from Germany: Schleissheim airport, which is one of Germany's oldest airfields, has an aviation museum on site and is located right next to a large castle with its park. Thomas Wolff
bullethttp://www.ednx.de/english/start.htm
(and see pictures at right)
43 VNC-Venice Municipal Airport Venice, FL Venice, FL has a golf course adjacent. JCD  
42 OVO-North Vernon Airport North Vernon, IN North Vernon, IN also has a municipal golf course Randy Chekouras  
41 ISZ-Blue Ash Airport Cincinnati, OH Blue Ash in Cincinnati, OH has municipal golf course. Randy Chekouras  
40 AEP-Aeroparque Jorge Newbery Buenos Aires, Argentina I can not think of a finer example of parks and airports existing together than in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Their domestic airport is actually called "Aeroparque Jorge Newberry" and even within the name one can see that it is supposed to be an "air park". The facility is only separated by the Avenida Libertador from the Rio de La Plata, which at this point is extremely wide and similar to lake Michigan. Their are restaurants and tennis clubs along the shore, and on the western edge of the air park is the municipal golf course. Pedestrians are free to walk about the perimeter, and captivate themselves in the majesty of the planes. All of this takes place within no more than 4 kms of the center of Argentina's capital. George Bennett  
39 06C-Schaumburg Regional Schaumburg, IL The Village of Schaumburg and the Schaumburg Park District (either jointly or separately) purchased the land of the old Schaumburg Airport. On the northwest corner of the airport the Schaumburg Park District has built a large park district use facility. This is an example of cooperative use of land between an airport and a park district. Ruth Frantz
bullethttp://www.airnav.com/airport/06C
38 WJF-General Wm J Fox Airfield Lancaster, CA William J. Fox Airport Is adjacent to Apollo Park. The airport is one of five airports owned by Los Angeles County. The park is one of several Lancaster Ca. city parks Wayne Johnson  
38 WJF-General Wm J Fox Airfield   I believe Fox Field in Lancaster, CA is located adjacent to (or very close to) a park where geese and ducks abound. Jim Fisher  
37 CGX-Meigs Field Chicago, IL Adjacent to 12th St. Beach, Chicago Museum Campus, Burnham Harbor for 55 years. Adolph Svec  
36 3T0 Cedar Mills Airport Gordonville, Texas This airport is next to a campground and is very beautiful for a trip for lunch and see what Lake Texoma has to offer. Matthew Isaiah Pearson
bullethttp://www.airnav.com/airport/3T0
35 DCA-Reagan Washington National Washington, DC In Washington DC (possible that even Mayor Daley has heard of that town) there is a park on the final approach to the runway at Reagan / National airport.  Thousands of people collect there on any nice day to watch the planes land and often picnic right under the pattern. Dick Gaynor  
34 FFA-First Flight Airport Kill Devil Hills, NC National park, Kill Devil Hill--site of Wright Bros. flight--1/4 mile away.  Outer Banks/beaches
Wright Brothers Museum within walking distance.
David A Kleinman  
33 5B2-Saratoga County Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga, NY serves the mineral springs spa, horse track, and state park. David A Kleinman  
32 1B1-Columbia County Airport Hudson, NY Columbia County, NY (1B1) has a country club and golf course outside the walk through fence. David A Kleinman  
31 MIV-Millville Municipal Millville, NJ Millville Army Airfield Museum on fld David A Kleinman  
30 Z41-Lake Hood Airport Anchorage, AK Lake Hood at Anchorage AK has several adjacent park areas. Major Jon "Jughead" Counsell  
29 AIZ-Lee C Fine Memorial Airport Kaiser Lake, Ozark, MO For those that say the two cannot cohabitate Lee C Fine airport (KAIZ) is located inside a Missouri State park. Camping shelters etc. are located inside the park and have heard no complaints. MReyhan  
28 PAO-Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA KPAO in very urban California is surrounded by a baylands park and golf course, all good neighbors.  KSJC is building a beautiful park alongside and under the final approach path of Runways 30 L & R.  Heavy commercial/airline usage airport.  Neighbors very happy with park. Jim McCoy  
28 PAO-Palo Alto   PAO, in Palo Alto, California, is just such an examples of parks and planes co-existing. I lived within walking distance of the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve for over 8 years and frequently walked the trails there, particularly the trail that circles the airport. It was such a peaceful place to walk, away from the traffic of the city. It was also very interesting to be able to watch the wildlife on the one hand, and the airplanes on the other. I didn't realize how spoiled I was until I moved away. Jerry Weldon
bullethttp://www.airnav.com/airport/KPAO;
bullethttp://www.dr-amy.com/rich/
  flying/kpao.html
;
bullethttp://www.abag.ca.gov/bayarea/
  baytrail/vtour/
  map3/access/Btpalto/Btpalto.htm
;
bullethttp://www.paloaltoonline.com/things_do/
  baylands.shtml
;
bullethttp://www.stanford.edu/~kendric/birds/
  PondMaps/PA.html
;
bullethttp://www.city.palo-alto.ca.us/ross/
  naturepreserve/  baylands.html
;
bullethttp://www.city.palo-alto.ca.us/ross/
  naturepreserve/pdf/baylands/
  baylandsmap403.pdf
27 12N-Aeroflex- Andover Andover, NJ 12N Aeroflex Sits In the Middle of a NJ State Park.  Probably the most beautiful airport in NJ. Thomas Ploch  
27 12N-Aeroflex- Andover   Per your request for information, one of the "neatest" airports I have been to (Meigs notwithstanding!  No competition here ....) is the public use airport at Andover, NJ.  The identifier is 12N.  The airport is located in the Kittatinny State Park and is technically owned by the NJ Forest Service I believe.  It has parallel 1800' asphalt and grass runways, with lakes off each end of the strip.  It makes for a great photo. Michael Reale  
27 12N-Aeroflex- Andover   The airport located within the boundaries of Kittatinny Valley State Park is owned by the State of New Jersey and operated by the New Jersey Forest Fire Service. It is used as a general aviation airport. Airplane watching is a popular pastime. During fire seasons, the airport serves as an air attack base to facilitate aerial attacks on forest fires using helicopters and commercial spray planes for water drops on forest fires. Aeroflex-Andover Airport is operated by the NJ Forest Fire Service as a general aviation airport and as a base for aerial forest fire suppression. Derek Casteel  
26 MCD-Mackinac Island Mackinac Island, MI Mackinaw Island Airport in Michigan (MCD) is a state park owned and operated by the Michigan Park Department.  The guy behind the desk sometimes even wears one of those park ranger hats (you know like Smoky the Bear wears). Gregg Stockman  
26 MCD-Mackinac Island   Please consider Mackinaw Island, MI  (MCD). It is a beautiful setting with an airport right in the middle of it. For me the six-hour drive is the reason I will only go to Mackinaw Island by small plane. It is a two hour flight making a "day trip" possible instead of an over night trip.  If you have never flown into MCD try it! It's a beautiful island and it's has a convenient access point as well...the airport. Carlos Fernandez  
26 MCD-Mackinac Island Mackinac Island, MI A beautiful airstrip in the center of a unique state park.  Aircraft are the only powered vehicles allowed on the island.  Wonderful forest land, historic sites, bike paths, etc. Steve Whitney  
25 CYRO-Rockcliffe Airport   Rockcliffe Airport (CYRO) shares it's site with the Canada Aviation Museum, park land, river front bike and hiking trails, not to mention a yacht club. Mike Shaw  
24 CNS8-Upper Canada Village Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg Ontario is adjacent to Morrisburg airport (CNS8). In fact, the village, the airport, the marina and the adjacent golf course are all owned by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission. Michael Shaw  
23 RKP-Aransas County Rockport, TX  In Rockport, TX, the municipal airport is across the street from the beach, we've been there... John Newman  
22 F50-Lake Whitney State Park Lake Whitney, TX I regularly fly to Lake Whitney State Park in TX, which has an airstrip inside the park. Our EAA chapter has spent a weekend there for years. The Park Manager is a great guy, Jeffrey Towers John Newman
bullethttp://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/lakewhit/
bullethttp://www.digitex.net/lakewhitneystatepark/
21 57C-East Troy Municipal East Troy, WI The Skyknights skydiving club is located right next to or on a small airport. It really is a beautiful little place. Not exactly a park, during the day many people just sit out and enjoy the day watching the jumpers come in. Cookouts start after the last plane goes up. Douglas J. Pressman
bullethttp://www.skydiveskyknights.com/
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20 SPG-Albert Whitted St. Petersburg, FL Albert Whitted Field in St Petersburg is bordered by the USF Campus, Park & Yacht Club just SE of downtown St Petersburg.  A viewing area is set up on the west side.  The relationship with the neighbors will be improved, I'm sure, now that funds are available for airport renovation & expansion.  (Special note:  SPG is very similar to Meigs Field (waterfront location, etc.) and--when given the opportunity in 2003, the voters of St. Petersburg voted NOT to close the airport for parkland.) Bill Swaim  
19 1C8-Cottonwood Rockford, IL Cottonwood Airport on the west side of Rockford in Illinois, is a private open for public use airport. We have been working for years to regain land that can be used for camping and parking to watch the activity of flight at our airport. Cottonwood is a favorite place where the non flying public can come with their children just to see the airplanes. Lew Moon  
18 CMH-Port Columbus International Columbus, OH Columbus airport (KCMH) is separated from the city golf course by a road. Air traffic on final for 28L or 28R must fly over the golf course. Tee times at the course are not easy to come by. The public must enjoy golfing there. Jerry G. Isbell  
17 S71-Obie Field Chinook, MT Chinook’s airport is Obie Field (S71) and adjacent to the airport is the fairgrounds. The fairgrounds are used for many public activities and there are no problems for anyone. Jerry G. Isbell  
16 C98-Lake Village Airport Lake Village, IN The Lake Village Airport (C98), Lake Village, IN, (a privately-owned public-use airport) is directly adjacent to the Indiana Lasalle State Fish and Wildlife Area (which is run by the Indiana DNR). The park lies directly adjacent to the end of runway 36 and under the approaches of runway 18. The airport and park are near the intersection of Indiana State Road 10 and (how ironic) US 41. The 'American Discovery Trail' passes in close proximity to the airport.  The park is easily accessible by simply walking from the airport into the park. This area straddles the Kankakee River and contains many examples of common game and some endangered and rare wildlife species. Although primarily a fishing and hunting area, the river is also an attraction for boaters and canoers. The airport is also a few miles north of the Kankakee Sands Preserve, Kankakee Sands Project, and Conrad Station Savanna of The Nature Conservancy.  So as you can see, we're pretty much surrounded by set-aside green space, which is fantastic. The airport is an ideal access point since the nearest commercial and public transportation is at least a half-hour drive away! Uwe Rudloff
bullethttp://www.lakeaero.com/
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bullethttp://www.discoverytrail.org/states/
  indiana/inn_points2.html
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bullethttp://www.in.gov/dnr/
  fishwild/publications/lasalle.htm
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bullethttp://www.in.gov/dnr/
  outdoor/canoe/kankakee.htm
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bullethttp://nature.org/wherewework/
  northamerica/states/
  indiana/preserves/art2375.html
15 VUO-Pearson Field Vancouver, WA Pearson Field, should be a great example with Fort Vancouver right on the runway. Scott McElhoe  
14 LUK-Lunken Field Cincinnati, OH Not only does it show that parks and planes co-exist ( 5 diferent parks are within this photo ), Cincinnati has found a way to get the airport to PAY for the upkeep of the golf course, driving range, and the two softball fields! Yes, perfectly legal use of FAA funds to support city parks!  FARs allow the use of FAA funds to "maintain an airport clearway" adjacent to airport property!  A Parks Department dream come true! FAA funds for city social programs.  In this paticular case the golf course, driving range, and softball fields are actually on airport property, but that need not be the case, the clearways simply need to be adjacent to the airport to make the airport money legal for use at the facilities. The airport includes two soccer fields off the south end of the field between the parallels, three general parks on the hill to the west overlooking the airport, and the facilities on airport property at the north end of the field. Robin Shaw  
13 EYE-Eagle Creek Airpark   Eagle Creek in Indianapolis, IN is right next to the city park Eagle Creek Park. Randy Chekouras  
12 EYE-Eagle Creek Airpark Indianapolis, IN How about EYE... Eagle Creek Airpark in Indianapolis. They have a lovely restaurant adjacent from the airstrip. Both sit just East of the Eagle Creek reservoir. Eagle Creek Park (a real park) lies just to the north of the field. Christian Schuler  
11 PAN-Payson Payson, AZ Payson, AZ (KPAN) comes to mind. You can actually picnic and camp on the airport grounds. Tom Grob  
10 GCN-Grand Canyon Grand Canyon National Park The Grand Canyon Airport is smack dab in the middle of the park. Charles Gallagher  
9 CGS--College Park College Park, MD Park police officers patrol the airport grounds surrounding the restaurant, since it is owned by the Maryland-NationalCapital Park and Planning Commission.  Museum, restaurant, camping on field. Charles Gallagher  
9 CGS--College Park   Here is a good example of parks and airplanes together: College Park airport in College Park,  Maryland. The college Park airport is the oldest operating airport. Wilbur Wright gave flying lessons there. Many aviation firsts occured at this airport. It has a musuem that I visited. It is a prime example of a park and aircraft together. Leonard J. Krol  
8 BKL- Burke Lakefront Cleveland, OH They have a World War II Submarine nearby available to tour, (The USS Cod) and a Women in aviation Museum in the Terminal Building.  (Also, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame adjacent.) John Nixon  
7 0M2-Reelfoot State Park                    Tiptonville, Tennessee                Winter home for many birds including American and Bald Eagles!  Camp with your airplane, fly-in and stay at the Airpark Inn, or just fly-in to join an “Eagle Tour” during the Winter months. Edward M. Myszka Jr.
bullethttp://www.airnav.com/airports/
7 0M2-Reelfoot State Park                      Tennessee; lots of camping & recreation areas bordering runway. DW Taylor  
6 1M9-Lake Barkley State Park             Cadiz, Kentucky   Edward M. Myszka Jr.
bullethttp://www.airnav.com/airports/
6 1M9-Lake Barkley State Park                 James M. Harmon  
6 1M9-Lake Barkley State Park               1M9 - Lake Barkley State Park, KY - state park; lotsa camping & rec. areas near runway DW Taylor  
5 M34-Kentucky Dam State Park          Gilbertsville, Kentucky                Camp with your airplane (on-airport camping) Edward M. Myszka Jr.
bullethttp://www.airnav.com/airports/
5 M34-Kentucky Dam State Park              James M. Harmon  
5 M34-Kentucky Dam State Park            M34 - Kentucky Dam State Park - state park; lotsa camping & rec. areas near runway DW Taylor  
4 2I3-Rough River Dam State Park       Rough River, Kentucky Camp with your airplane (on-airport camping) Edward M. Myszka Jr.
bullethttp://www.airnav.com/airports/
4 2I3-Rough River Dam State Park         Airport is IN a State Park! Flew there for Thanksgiving one time. Very nice. Matthew Isaiah Pearson
bullethttp://www.airnav.com/airport/2I3
4 2I3-Rough River Dam State Park         Rough River is a State Park with golf, hiking, camping, beach, lodge, restaurant, and a runway. This is a great example of what you are looking for. This is state owned and operated with a lot of traffic. Aaron Carr  
4 2I3-Rough River Dam State Park           James M. Harmon  
4 2I3-Rough River Dam State Park         2I3 - Falls of Rough, KY - state park; lots of camping & recreation areas bordering runway DW Taylor  
3 MPZ-Mount Pleasant Municipal Mt Pleasant, IA 4000 ft hard surface  2000 grass strip across the street from city park, East Lake Park: playgrounds, shelters, pond, soft ball diamond, driving range, tennis courts, soccer fields, nature trails and bike path. Dennis/ Susan Hult  
2 GBU-Glenview Naval Air Station
(prior to closure)
Glenview, IL There was a golf course right alongside a runway at the old Glenview Naval Air Station.  I personally remember playing golf there alongside the planes. Charles Orlowek  
1 BWI-Baltimore-
Washington International Airport
Baltimore, MD It has a park right at the approach end of runway 33L.  It is well populated on nice days.  People love to take the kids to watch the planes land. John  
 

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