This time of year, if you see any blue sky you need to be ready to pounce! A couple of weeks ago, Henry and I headed out on that glorious sunny day we had (Remember???) to explore some new playgrounds.
First up, Fern Hill. This is a little neighborhood park. It has a pretty green lawn, a small play structure, and swings. It was just rennovated about a year ago, so the equipment is better than average and in great shape. It’s not a huge place, but Henry had plenty of fun. Think of it as playing at the house of a friend with a really great backyard.
Just a couple of miles away is Ryan’s Park. If you’ve lived here a while, you’ll remember the story of the little Tacoma boy who survived a vicious attack that touched the hearts of people around the country. (He survived and later passed away after a motorcycle accident). The vacant lot where he was attacked was transformed into this play space. It features two newer, good sized play structures , a field, and some picnic tables. There is a gulch with a little crick running through it, but it didn’t look like anything you’d want your kiddos playing in. One odd note about this park: There is parking on the D street side, or around the back on 78th (you’ll be out of site of your car if you do this spot), but no parking at the dead end street where they have park signage.
Now, I wouldn’t suggest you drive more than 15 minutes or so to get to either of these spots. They just aren’t big enough to be true destination playgrounds. But, they’re good ones to keep in mind if you’re in the area. We found both using Mapquest with no trouble at all, but we wouldn’t have found them if we weren’t looking.
Finally, keep in mind that both of these parks are smack in the middle of neighborhoods, and there have been some ups and downs in the area. When we visited mid-morning there was just one other group at each of them, and we felt perfectly safe. Henry enjoyed meeting some new pals and dogs at Fern Hill. It did seem like every house around us had a giant, barking dog, and there were some abandoned shopping carts at Ryan’s Park, but those were our only complaints. Actually, Henry’s complaint was that I wouldn’t let him play with the shopping carts. I know….I’m so mean.
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