Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Playground Review & What We Look For

Continuing our week of "catching up" on some February and March news.....

It had been awhile since we wrote more about our quest for the perfect playground for AA (and us).
We have a few more parks to review, so thought we would document what we look for when "rating" each one.
Each park we visit, we look it over for the layout and then plan which path AA will walk, which equipment she will play on.

Here's our list of what we look for:

Ample, Accessible Parking, away from busy traffic,
Assorted Playground Equipment.
Condition of equipment, Is it in Good Repair?
Bucket Style Swings
Covered Picnic/Gazebo Shelter
Picnic Tables
Flat walking surface or paved paths,
Safety Perimeter Fencing
Security Lighting
Charcoal Grills
Drinking Fountain
Hiking Trails
Trash Cans,
Would it be a good place for a play group?
and how crowded/popular it is. Friendly families?

What do you have to add to our list?


Don and Be said...

How about 'padded playing surface'? We have a super play area a mile from home at Shadow Bay Park where the surface is so soft that the kids love to take off their shoes and use the equipment. The entire play area with tubes, slides, climbing apparatus and swings is covered by sail cloth which keeps the heat down on the playing surfaces.

Ivy said...

OOOh this is a great post! I found a brand new playground locally. It's environmentally friendly with recycled rubber pieces of tires for the bases of the climbing apparatus and swings. Cushy but the green comes off on clothes.

I would definitely look to see that it's patroled by Park Rangers and/or police, depending what city you live in. No culverts or water holes!

Other than that, have fun!!!

Good job researching too!


Oh bring those wipey's things because no matter how clean I like to wipe her hands if I'm going to feed her or put her in the car en route home.

Lisa said...

You guys have visited some fun looking playgrounds! We don't love the city we live in, but it is FULL of parks and that we have always enjoyed. It's so great to have little ones again - a great excuse to go to the park on a regular basis. :) Thanks for the comments on my kiddos! Alyzabeth gets more beautiful every time I visit your blog!

~Sandy~ said...

i think you have almost everything! great list :O) thanks so much for entering my giveaway....and i will be back for yours!!!

Bev said...

I know this is far for you guys (I think you live on the other side of the river) but we love Alpine Groves Park on SR 13 down in the fruit cove area. It is where an orange grove was years ago. It is a historic site right on the river. From the playground, there is a path down to the river, where there is an old farmhouse and barn. The playground is also kind of shady which is nice in the summer.

pcgailc said...

Thank you for your park reviews on Clark House Park and others. It was helpful!

I will be going there soon to take pictures and videos . You can check out more park reviews here at North Florida Family Fun Guide!