Mid-June is the time for the annual Turkish Festival.
Dancers will wiggle their way on stage and singers and folk instrument players will entertain you with ethnic songs and some more modern tunes too. Food tents will entice your taste buds for a sample. Arts and crafts of regional origin will be on display for sale. You get all this for free (except for any items that you purchase).
This is an extremely small park (15 acres) in one of the residential areas of Gates.
It has nice open fields (tree-lined for privacy) where you can spread a picnic blanket.
There are rentable pavilions with full kitchen facilities as well as picnic tables and grill-stands dotting the area around the parking lot. The bathroom is handicap accessible. There are tennis courts and basketball courts and ball fields and playgrounds for the kids.
The walking trails aren't very good for much except a private stroll (not good for hiking or birding).
They have added bocce courts and horseshoe pits, so if you have that equipment you can play here.
We like Applebee's. We have been to many of the restaurants in the chain. And everyone is setup pretty much the same and to the same high standards.
You enter through a double set of double doors so the cold air stays outside in the winter and the cool air stays inside in the summer. The hostess greets you with a smile and if it is not too busy you get a seat right away. (Friday nights are busy and 10 minute waits are not unusual then). We always get a booth along the window.
The walls are covered with trinkets to catch your eye and help you wait for your meal after you have ordered. Usually the wait is not very long; just long enough to have a drink from the bar which the waitress will bring to your table.
The menu has an extensive selection of American and ethnic foods. Turkey club is my favorite; pork ribs is my wife's. The portions are good-sized and you can order down-sized (lean meals) if you want. Finish off with a rice pudding or caramel and icecream treat. And there goes $20.