Note: this playground is used by the University Elementary School. You may be asked to leave during school hours.
Community: University Heights – 3420 16 Ave. N.W.
Parking: Short term free street parking.
Surrounding Park Area: This playground is located just south of the University Elementary School, and is used by the children during recess and lunch. It is adjacent to Utah Park. There are lots of picnic tables nearby and large mature trees as well as a large flat grassy area. The park is set back from the road making it quite safe.
Little kid area:
Gordie’s Review (16 months old) – Climber was lots of fun!
Age Range: 0-7
Ground Cover: Recycled tire
Features: A large preschool play structure with 2 slides, a climbing mountain/tunnel and a medium spinner; Monkey bar area; 2 swings (1 infant).
Shade: Great shade in and around the play area.
Seating: 2 benches – many picnic tables in the surrounding area. Accessibility: Great access throughout the play area and there is a ramp that allows access to the first level of the play area but there is only a small number of things that can be accessed once there or from ground level.
Big Kid Area:
Age Range: 5-12
Ground Cover: Pea gravel.
Features: Large ring climber; Large web climber; 2 flying foxes; 2 rolling logs; 2 bowl spinners; tire swing; Large merry-g0-round climber; Large ring spinner; 2 swings.
Shade: Little to no shade.
Seating: 3 benches.
Accessibility: Access to the play area but none inside.
Overall Assessment: This playground would be great for children of all ages. The big kid area has a variety of things to challenge and amuse older children.
The younger kid area is right next door and has fantastic shade and a play structure that even crawling babies could use. I was there with kids from 11 months to 18 months and they all had a great time in and around the climber and were able to be very independent. (Of course they all also enjoyed wandering around in the nearby grass and rocks too.) This would be a great park to meet up with some other families and have a picnic at the park.
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