Sunday, August 9, 2009

A summer refuge: Star Park

Playground: Star Park
Location: 6th and Lombard (entrances on each)
Date visited: frequently during 2008 and 2009

Equipment: Two areas, separate by age:
  • A partially fenced toddler area (I think posted for under-3) with bucket swings, two sets of modern plastic slide and climb equipment, and an older "wagon" with benches
  • A larger kid area with strap swings, a range of creative types of climb and slide ramps and poles, hanging bars, etc.
type: modern resin (toddler area) and some metal/older equipment (older kids); scale: large area with several zones
Ages: toddler through middle school
Surface: rubbery composite in play areas, tarmac area
Shade(0-3): 3
Water: Y (spray)
Other: Picnic tables, ball field, basketball courts, rec. center, wood-chippy areas
Access: dawn to dusk

Impressions: Lush feeling of shade on hot days, often breezy. Equipment is decent and varied, although a little hard-used. The toddler area is reasonably protected, but doesn't offer much for crawlers. Playground can get hectic when groups of kids come after school or from day camp-type places (more so in big kid area). Good for families with kids of several ages. Plus: near South Street for grabbing lunch or coffee.
Overall rating: 8

Update: Was padlocked on Memorial Day, 2010! Way to go, city employees!

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