Avery Park is one of Corvallis’ most popular parks. It features natural areas, sports fields, and five picnic shelters. Three of these shelters, the Thompson, Maple Grove and Lions picnic shelters may be reserved for private events and parties. There are several playground structures scattered throughout the park; a historic locomotive and an art sculpture that resembles dinosaur bones are also favorites for kids to explore and climb on. A one-mile walking/jogging trail winds through the park, past the park’s Community Garden and along the Marys River riparian area. The Rose Garden area is a popular feature of Avery Park, blooming as early as May. It makes a lovely backdrop for photographs or couples in love. The park also includes a Rhododendron garden, a compost demonstration area, and an extensive horseshoe pit area that that hosts an annual, regional horseshoe tournament. The Avery House Nature Center is found in Avery Park, as is the Applegate Trail interpretive kiosk.