Saturday, July 5, 2014

American Legion Park, Columbia, IL


Location: 
375 E. Locust St.,
Columbia, IL, 62236

Amenities: Playground, grills, ball fields

Website: http://www.columbiaillinois.com/index.aspx?NID=38

Playground ground cover: wood chips and grass

This park is a blast from the past - and located only about 10 minutes from JB park on the Missouri side. Remember Mayor McCheese from the days when you liked McDonalds? He's here and you can share the bizarreness of early McDonalds playgrounds with a new generation! Naturally my 4 year old was terrified of him and wouldn't go inside for anything or even stand next to him for a picture!


Besides Mayer Big Mac, this park also has some retro bouncy spring toys, a large merry-go-round, slides, sling swings, and is mostly shaded! 








Thursday, May 15, 2014

Shrine Of Our Lady Of The Snows, Belleville, IL

Location:
442 S. DeMazenod Dr,
Belleville, IL 62223

Amenities: Playground, picnic shelter, sprayground

Website: http://snows.org/

Playground ground cover: poured rubber, wood chips

This is a great playground! It has lots of unique things and has a ton of fun features! The playground is right across from the Visitor's Center and restaurant and there are restrooms in there. The Shrine is a large campus but just follow the signs to the visitor's center and you won't miss the playground because it's right by it. There are 3 large play structures, 1 for older kids and 2 for younger kids. There are 2 baby swings, 4 sling swings, and 1 adaptive swing. There are also 2 teeter totters, a play house, some log structures, and a sprayground. There are lots of benches and a nice covered pavilion between the playground and the sprayground. One unique feature is the sidewalk that goes around the play area. It has the creation story and paintings all around it. For example one sign says "On the fourth day God created the sun, moon, and stars", and then there are sun, moon and stars painted on the ground. There are also different carvings on the play structures of bible stories. There is a rope to climb, a clear tube to climb through, a wooden bridge, and lots more to do. Very nice playground, we will be back!

Thank you Angie for the review and photos!





















Monday, March 31, 2014

DuSable Park, St. Charles


Location:
2006 N Main St,
St. Charles, MO 63301

Amenities: Playgrounds, Boat Ramp Launch Area, Basketball Court, Picnic Shelters, Baseball/softball diamonds, paved hiking/biking trail, rock/gravel biking/hiking trail, sand trail, dog park

Website: http://www.stcharlesparks.com/145/parks/bjean-baptiste-point-dusable-parkb.php

Playground ground cover: wood chips

This is an older playground, but my kids enjoyed it because we biked on the Katy Trail and stopped off at DuSable to take a break. The playground has slides, monkey bars, a bridge, ladders, swings, and a toddler area set to the side. There is a pavilion nearby and restrooms too.

Thank you Elizabeth for the review and photos!












Blanchette Park, St. Charles

Location:
1900 West Randolph Street

Amenities: Playground, outdoor pool, ball diamonds, horseshoe courts, tennis courts, picnic shelters, shuffleboard courts, paved hike/bike trail

Website: http://www.stcharlesparks.com/136/parks/blanchette-park.php

Playground ground cover: poured rubber

This is one of my favorite parks. It is shaded in summer, and a great sledding hill for winter. The playground features a three-story structure with multiple slides, monkey bars, climbing ladders, and bridges. There is a toddler area set to the side, as well as a huge climbing rock and one of the spidery-rope-type structures. Swings are nearby, and include big kid and baby swings. The park includes nearby ball fields and a pool during the summer months. There are summer camps run by the city/county too.

Thank you Elizabeth for the review and photos!









Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Lions Park, Eureka


Location:
400 Bald Hill Road
Eureka, MO

Amenities: Playground, picnic shelter, tennis courts, athletic fields

Website: http://www.eureka.mo.us/departments/parks-recreation/park-locations-amenities/

Playground ground cover: poured rubber

This is a cute playground. One negative should be noted, and that is that there are no bathrooms right now, but they are being built. A bonus is that your kids may enjoy watching the heavy equipment in action! There is a very tall 3 story structure for older kids with an enclosed long slide. My 2 year old was too afraid to climb up there. There is a rock wall, and many different climbing things. There are 2 sling swings, one baby swing, and one adaptive swing. There is a very small baby structure that has a slide on it. There is another structure that is unique, and would be for older kids to climb on. There is a nice shaded pavillion nearby as well. This area of Eureka is very kid friendly and there are actually 3 playgrounds/parks all right next to each other. Drewel, Lions, and Legion Park.

Thank you Angie for the review and photos!