Tuesday, September 13, 2011

River Park

River Park is most notably known for it's Olympic-sized pool.  However, this review will be geared towards the playground and splash park.  You can find River Park, next to the river, at the intersection of W. Foster and N. Francisco Ave.  The actual playground is south on N. Francisco.  Warning:  N. Francisco is a one-way street, this proved to be a little tricky while I was looking for parking.

Overall we were really pleased with River Park.  The playground had a few unique climbing structures, a good amount of space, and plenty of shade.  One of the highlights of the playground was the adventure of walking from our car to the park.  There are side-walked trails under a canopy of trees that lead from the street to both the playground and the pool (and beyond, N. Shore Channel Trail runs through this park).  The kids loved the freedom to run without the fear of cars and it was refreshing being under the shade of the trees.

Obviously my favorite, we were welcomed by a rubberized surface.  Tons of stuff to climb on that is geared at an older age (6 and up?).  Also, a small section for the toddlers, a good amount of swings, and benches (in the shade) for the parents.  Everything was lovely.

Without making this post too long, I also want to talk about the really amazing splash park located next to the pool.  The splash park is a toddler's dream!  It is completely fenced in and has numerous sprayers.  While there is no shade in this area, you won't need it because you will be plenty cool in the mist.  I can't wait until next summer to really take advantage of this place!

Love:  full of trails and trees on the way to the park, next to the river, rubber surface, tons of things to climb, drinking fountains, splash park, benches, grassy areas, a volleyball court that substitutes as a sandbox.

Hate:  parking was tough with all of the one ways, the bathrooms were not the cleanest, there was an area of the playground that was collecting fallen berries and TONS of bugs.

Special feature:  the spray park, climbing structures, trails


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