Summer’s not quite over, and those long lazy days will be behind us before you know it. Make the most of the time we have left to lounge by packing a picnic and heading out to River Road Park for an alfresco meal in the natural surroundings of one of Boerne’s best picnic spots.
River Road Park is a popular draw for Boerne residents for many reasons, not the least of which is its location on the banks of the Cibolo Creek. It’s home to numerous varieties of wild ducks and geese and is a great place for fishing. In 2013, a renovation upgraded the park’s offerings with all-new picnic units, sidewalks, sod, tree, and fishing piers.
A distinctive feature of River Road Park is the Dietert Mill Dam, located at the park’s east end. Deeded to the City of Boerne in 1912, the dam was part of the old Dietert homestead that was located on the south bank of Cibolo Creek.
Here are a few facts about picnics you can add to your bank of random knowledge:
- Originally, a “picnic” was a social event to which each guest contributed some food.
- The most popular day for picnics in the United States is July 4.
- The modern definition of a picnic dates to 1789, when the French opened their royal parks to the public after the revolution.
- Fifty years ago, the most popular picnic food was the cheese sandwich. Today, it’s potato chips.
- The average person picnics at least three times a year.
Picnics are as much about the location as they are about the food, so fill your basket with your goodies of choice and head to River Road Park, located at 415 River Road in Boerne. Enjoy some sun and fun with your favorite people in a superb picnic setting.
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