The boys and I finally made it to Puyallup’s newest fun place for kids, the renovated playground at DeCoursey Park.
It would be a convenient location for a playdate meet-up with Tacoma area pals, too.
What’s new? The old pea gravel is gone (Seriously-who in the world ever thought tiny grey rocks were a good idea for filling playgrounds?), and shiny, new equipment is in. There is a big-kid-worthy web, a large play structure, two spinning bucket seats, and a smaller structure for little kids.
My boys thought it was great, and on our visit it was swarming with kiddos-no doubt, in part because it was a sunny, early-release day.
If you have smaller kiddos, you’ll want to go earlier in the day, or be prepared to see them get a bit run over by the big ‘uns.
When you’ve had your fill of play, you can walk around the pond. It’s a short, level walk you could do with a jogging stroller, and there is a fishing platform and a little bridge. There is one small section where kids can go down and throw rocks in the water. It’s great fun to watch the ducks, but please don’t feed them. I know we all grew up doing it, but it turns out to be bad for them and bad for the water and the other creatures that live in it.
On our visit, we saw just a few friendly ducks paddling around. At one time, this park was home to a whole crowd of honestly quite aggressive geese, and some weird duck/geese hybrids. Deese? Gucks? Anyway, I was happy to see only friendly feathered friends, but I still wouldn’t leave a sandwich sitting on the ground.
The park also has some grassy areas and picnic shelters.
This is on the small side to be a true destination playground, but I think the wow factor of the new play equipment, the little pond, and its convenient location, make this one a pretty perfect playdate option for those of you with pals in Puyallup and greater Tacoma. If you wanted to make it into a hike, you could carefully cross the street to Clark’s Creek South and take the trail that goes past the ballfields for an exploration of that park.
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