Community: Capitol Hill – 20th Avenue and 15th St. NW.
Parking: free street parking
Gordie’s Review: “I liked the dinosaur bones.”
Nicky’s Review: ”Rocks!” (She liked putting the rocks in the basin).
Age Range: 18 months-10 years
Ground Cover: pea gravel
Features: 6 swings (2 saucer, 2 baby); Gazebo climber with double slide; climber with dinosaur bone features, slide and double slide and wobbly bridge; large spider web climber.
Surrounding Park Area: Playground is located on the grounds of the Capitol Hill Community Association. It is bordered by 14th St on one side and 20th Ave on the other but with fencing and bushes all around you can hardly tell. There is a baseball diamond and lots of grass to run in or kick a ball around. Bushes adjacent to the playground would provide an excellent setting for hide-and-seek or playing “house”.
Shade: Lots of shade from trees and bushes surrounding the playground and shade from the play structures themselves.
Seating: at the time of this review there is only one bench, but more benches and a few picnic tables will be installed.
Accessibility: There is not a lot of accessibility but an accessible path into the park is planned. Kids who are able to be transferred and carried or walk with assistance for a few steps would then be able to enjoy the saucer swings (still to come) and the gazebo climber.
Overall Assessment:This brand new playground just opened this month. To celebrate Capitol Hill hosted a community picnic in the park on September 15th from 4-8pm. It was really great to see the community get together. It has inspired me to try to increase the sense of community in my own neighborhood.
This is one of my favorite playgrounds this year. It’s well thought out and has a great theme. I often favor playgrounds with accessible flooring, but this playground shows how you can make a great playground with pea gravel. The Dinosaur theme gives the playground a name that will become instantly recognizable. It also provides unique imaginative play opportunities. Gordie and another little girl loved ‘rescuing’ each other from the different dinosaur bones. The playground also provides twin slides to encourage cooperative side-by side play and a ‘store front’ with two different features that help incorporate the pea gravel into the play. Since this playground opened, it has become very popular – it is definitely worth a trip.
Have you been to this playground? What did you think?