James Baird State Park Playground

 

Location: Pleasant Valley
Parking: ample
Traffic: heavy in summer, well used year-round
Fee: none

Suggested Age:
Tot Friendly: small section
Gated: no but far from road
Sandbox: no
Swings/Baby Swings: 5 swings, 2 baby, 1 accessible
Bikes: paved walkway around playground
Play equipment: 2 slides, movable parts, 10+ foot climbing tower, bouncing walkways between climbing structures, huge realistic turtles

Review:  This is a nice playground, completely new in 2017.  There are a lot of atypical options like “the worm,” an elevated bouncing carpet strung between two climbing rope walls.  There is a very tall climbing tower that my 3 year old daredevils love.  Only 2 slides and one is difficult for little ones to get too because of the unusual ladder.  There is a paved pathway surrounding the playground for bikes or push cars.  But the thing that is so great about this is the three giant, realistic turtles that kids can climb on and check out features they may not be able to otherwise.

There are benches at different point and almost no blind spots which are nice for the adults.  The whole section is pretty flat and open so if you had bigger kids, you would be able to see them playing in the fields nearby.  There are picnic tables and restrooms very close.  There is also a hiking trail right behind one of the turtles.

Ground cover:  wood chips
Shade: none
Fountains:
Restrooms: yes
Concessions:
Picnic Tables: nearby
Fields/Courts: yes
Water feature: no
Dogs: on leash in park

 

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