Families bond Labor Day weekend on Riverwalk

jtate@bradenton.comSeptember 3, 2013 

BRADENTON -- Some fished, some skated and some swung on the playground pretending to be in the jungle, but all enjoyed their Labor Day on the Riverwalk.

For Bradenton mother Jessica Baldwin, the Riverwalk served as a nice, free attraction to bring her two sons to run around Monday afternoon.

"They have the nicest playground in the area and it has a lot to offer," said Baldwin, whose son said he likes to run and scream while playing.

Maria Baldwin, Jessica's mother, accompanied her daughter and grandsons to the park.

"The kids always like to come here and it a nice place to people watch," said Maria.

Families looked to relax and hang out on this day of rest, and many flocked to the splash pad, playground, volleyball courts and skate park.

Parrish resident Tom Hanshaw allowed his 10-year-old son to decide where to spend their Labor Day.

"They just love coming here to the skate park," said Hanshaw, who brought his son's 11-year-old friend along for the trip.

Hanshaw said the Riverwalk was a great place to spend his day off.

"I love where this place is and I like watching the boats and feeling the breeze," Hanshaw said.

The Riverwalk was abreezy place Monday afternoon, although earlierin the morning the citywas covered with a fewshowers and thunderstorms.

By afternoon the sun was shining bright. The temperature near 90 warmedhundreds of people enjoying Riverwalk amenities.

Father and son Dwaineand Dajwon Copeland tookadvantage of the fishingweather. The 13-year-oldDajwon told his dad hewanted to come to the Riverwalk.

"This is family time and we like to fish," Copeland said.

The two fished near the outdoor living rooms at Riverwalk, one of their favorite places to wet a line.

"It's nice out here now and good way to spend time with my son and bond," Copeland said.

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