Community: Applewood – Applestone Park – Applewood Drive SE & Applestone Park SE
Parking: free street parking
Gordie’s Review (4.5 years old: ”Everything. The ramps.”
Nicky’s Review (18 months): “Go!” (She liked the ramps)
Age Range: 0-12 years.
Ground Cover: pour-in-place recycled tire everywhere except under the swings which has pea gravel.
Features: Accessible preschool climber with ramp system, musical panels, train imaginative play panels, slides, wheel chair accessible sway equipment. Merry-go-round spinner (Apollo), saucer swings, ‘club house’. School-aged climber with bridges, catwalks, overhead features, slides, rope bridge, climbing wall, flying fox. Rope web climber. 6 swings (1 accessible, 2 baby).
Surrounding Park Area: There is a path that runs through the park, there are some grassy areas with some trees.
Shade: There are some descent sized trees on the outside of the play area. The equipment provides some shade and has some grazebo style shades on the climbing structures as well.
Seating: Picnic tables including a few under sunshades and multiple benches.
Accessibility: Accessible flooring, Extensive ramps. Accessible swing. Children in wheelchairs or with poor motor control can get high up on one of the play structures using the ramps and can get in among the play all across the playground. There are also multiple things that swing and spin for individuals that benefit from vestibular stimulation.
Overall Assessment: This playground was newly installed last fall (2013) and is hands down one of the best in the city. It is huge and has features for kids of all ages and ability levels as well as many features making it great for children with special needs as well. This playground has so many features it’s hard to list them all.
We went last year shortly have the playground was completed – the snow fences were still up and the ground was quite mucky. I intend to go back later on this year to take new pictures (and because is it awesome).
There are three areas to the playground that are separated the pathway. The first has one of the biggest ramp systems that I have ever seen. This is where my kids spent most of their time. Gordie loved the train panel and he and Nicky both loved running up and down the ramps.
The second area also has accessible flooring but is designed for older kids and has no ramps. It’s set up kind of like a fort Gordie (at 4.5) found it to be pretty challenging.
The third area has pea gravel flooring. It primarily for the swings (including an accessible swing) but also has a large web climber and a tall spinner.
Have you been to this playground? What did you think?