Community: 1827 68 St. S.E. (south of 17th ave between 60th and 68th)
Parking: West parking lot off of 60th street
Surrounding Park Area: Storm water retention pond, pathways, Rose Garden, Off leash dog park, interactive sundial.
Click here for a review of Elliston Park itself
Playground 1: Jr High Playground
Age Range: 10 -15 years
Ground Cover: sand.
Features: 4 equipment sections with some space between.
Overall assessment: This is a really unique playground. The equipment offers very little to young kids which helps keep it exclusive for the jr high group.
Its cleverly located as it is set back from the pathways and a little higher up giving some feeling of seclusion, however it is very near to the parking lot so it is easy to check up on. I can’t really speak to how good the playground actually is for it’s intended age group – Gordie is only 2 after all.
However, it’s not uncommon to see young teenagers hanging around at playgrounds, and often just having a good time, so I think it’s great that some body tried to find something to cater to them.
Playground 2: Under 10 Playground
Gordie’s Review (2 years old): the bridge!
Age Range: under 10 years
Ground Cover: pea gravel.
Features: Preschool climber with 2 level ramp, bridge, slide and ramp; school aged climbers with slides (2 twisty) and flying fox; 6 swings (2 tire, 2 baby); 1 animal bouncer.
Accessibility: There is access from the path to the preschool structure and then up 2 levels with panels.
Seating: a few benches and lots of picnic tables nearby
Shade: Some inside the play area from the equipment itself, some on the perimeter
Overall assessment: This playground is definitely starting to show its age. Despite this, Gordie and his cousins (1, 2.5 and 4 years) had a great time. The playground help all of their attention for quite a long time.
The ramps provided easy access for the 1 year old who is still unsteady on her feet and the panels and bridge gave her things to do to keep her amused. The other kids all enjoyed the preschool climber too and spent a fair amount of time on it, but they also took on the challenge of some of the other climbing equipment.
Considering how much Gordie and his cousins enjoyed this playground and the beautiful park it is located in, I would say it is worth a trip.
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