Hey, Puyallup, there’s a new playground in town! It’s on South Hill, at the Meridian Habitat Center, which is that kind of funky building and open space just past the Walgreens. You might have heard it called the Puyallup Amphitheatre.
It’s a Pierce County Parks property, and it’s a great new addition to an area that could really use some more play places!
The centerpiece is this big climbing structure. It’s similar to the one in the Kids’ Zone at the zoo, only bigger and better.
There is also a small rocket ship structure for your littles, stumps with speakers in them for kids to holler through (not sure how I feel about these!), some spinny bucket seats, which can get a kid downright dizzy if they go too long, as well as a large saucer swing, and some natural elements to encourage imaginative play. I think it’s overstating it a bit to call it a nature playground, but there is plenty of nature to explore around you!
It’s not a huge playground, but the climbing structure is awesome, and I think this is going to be a great spot for those of you with both little and big kids. It’s not fenced, but it’s a long way from the road, which is really nice if you have someone who likes to run off on you. The surface is mostly rubber, with some fine bark. Hooray for no pea gravel!
There is a little trail behind the playground; not big enough to call a walk but just right for a toddler. Maybe we can call it a toddle? There is also lots of open space here, picnic tables, and ample parking. Various classes are held in the center. There was a clean (ish) porta-potty on our visit. I’d imagine you could also go inside the center if it’s open?
This playground is brand new, and we found just one other family on our visit. We’ll see how popular it gets. If it is too busy, you could go to the nearby South Hill Community Park Playground instead.
If you’d like to check out this new nature playground at Meridian Habitat Park, it’s at 14422 Meridian E.
South Hill Puyallup, WA 98375. When you turn in the drive, you’re at the back of the center-drive around to the front, and you’ll see the playground right there and lots of parking. If you’re not local, there are also directions here at the Pierce County Parks site. Let us know how you like it!