Writer mom Tiffany has another great park report on a fun spot for kids in Renton that she says is worth the trip for playground loving kids all over!
This unique park in Renton is advertised as a playground for all ages and abilities. Barriers to wheelchairs and walkers such as sand, curbs around equipment and wood chips aren’t a part of this park. Instead, artificial turf, wheelchair ramps, and cushy rubber surfaces make it easier for everyone to get around. I visited recently with my 12- year- old daughter and 9- year- old son.
The playground has four distinct play areas, each with a sign posting the recommended ages for that particular structure. A wavy walkway goes around the entire play space and is great for trikes or wheelchairs. While taking this path, kids can fuel up at the pretend gas station, or make music on the oversized drums, chimes, noise makers and xylophone.
All of the usual play structures are present, including interactive panels in each area. There are a few unique additions:
- The “Sway Fun” has two large bench seats accessible via a ramp. Kids can sit on the seats opposite one another and move to make the structure sway gently back and forth.
- A 25 foot- long caterpillar to climb, which is colorful, detailed and very popular among the kids!
- The swing set in the Active Play area (ages 5-12) is equipped with huge, enclosed seats (like a baby swings, but much bigger) along with a big saucer swing that fits several kids at once.
- One feature my kids loved was a spinner that was like an open circle set at an angle. They walked on it, sat and spun on it, and balanced–or tried to!
- Another big spinner features high sides for sitting upright inside and fits several kids at once for spinning.
- In the active play area, a long climbing wall which resembles trees and rocks connects to a tube slide.
Ample seating and two covered areas for adults and babies is a great feature. A central covered area with picnic tables allows parents to sit in the shade and see almost every play area. Benches are also scattered around the periphery. A bathroom was clean and close by.
This park is definitely worth the trip. Bring a picnic, but don’t bring your dog. Dogs (other than service animals) aren’t allowed; we found out the hard way!
Meadow Crest Park is at : 3000 NE 16th St, Renton, WA 98056
Hours: Mon-Thurs after 4:30 PM (open to Meadow Crest Early Learning Center only during school hours) All day Fri-Sun and during school holidays and summer break.
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