Citadel Bluff Close Playground

[Thanks to Deb for our first guest review] 

Location             map Community: Citadel – Citadel Bluff Close & Citadel Way NW
Parking: Free street parking.

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Your Child’s Review – I did not go with a child, but I was in the neighborhood  and I thought I might not get back to it, so I checked it out.  There were several preschool and young school aged children there, and they were energetically engaged the entire time I was there.  A nearby neighbour said she sees children and young families heading to the park all the time.

Age Range:  2-10
Ground Cover: Pea gravel

Features: Two play areas within the park: 1. Preschool/toddler structure with double small slide, curved large slide, bridge, balance beam, several climbers, one tire swing, one baby swing, one regular swing.
2. School-age play area with 4 regular swings and a large cone-merry-go-round climber with rope base

Surrounding Park Area: Good bike path throughout the park – it would be a great place for trikes and bikes with training wheels.  Lots of medium sized trees and bushes, with gently rolling grassy area.  Would provide a safe area for preschoolers and young children to go sledding in the winter.  Lots of large boulders add interest to the site.

Shade:  Large gazebo beside Preschool area, shade at top of structure as well as under structure.  Trees will provide more shade as they mature.  Little or no shade in school-age play area.
Seating:  2 benches at each of the two sections.  No seating within the gazebo, but level cement area if you brought your own.
Accessibility: Several curb-cut entry points in to the park, with good access up to the playground, but none onto the play structures, because of the pea gravel.

Overall Assessment: A very nice neighborhood playground.  The rolling grassy area would invite a different kind of play than the basic field you see in most parks.   The main area had nice easy steps up to the structure for toddlers.  I liked that there was a separate area for the older children to swing and climb a high structure within the park but a safe distance away from the little children’s play area.

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