Mild summer weather serves as the perfect excuse to get out and explore local greenspaces—like the sprawling Lake Needwood park. It spans more than 70 acres including all types of terrain and the namesake body of water. No matter how you like to enjoy your time outside, chances are Lake Needwood can accommodate your interests. Many locals choose to bike to and through the park. Its extensive system of paved paths makes cycling an obvious option. You’re also welcome to walk those paths or hike the more rugged trails. Would you rather just relax and drink in some of that fresh air? Bring a blanket, a book, and maybe a snack or do and settle down by the water for the afternoon. Ample shade awaits. Interested in hitting the water? Lake Needwood’s shores play host to a rental shop with kayaks, rowboats, canoes, and pedal boats all lined up and waiting for a captain. With the proper license, you’re also welcome to fish from your canoe or from the banks of the lake.