Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Margaret Stoecker Park, Manchester

224 Henry Avenue
Manchester, MO 63021

Amenities: playground, picnic shelter, walking path, restroom

Website: http://www.manchestermo.gov/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={168B2B82-3EAA-4E50-B7DB-8F5F22855E43}&DE={9911D8CA-5B57-428F-BBCC-F4250ECBA276}

Playground ground cover: wood chips

New playground installed in summer 2014!

Literally a new hidden gem of park playgrounds, you can't see the playground from the parking lot. Take the paved nature trail down a short hill to find the nature themed playground. There's equipment for toddlers through school aged children - with various slides and climbing walls, ropes, etc. There's a spinning ball that kids can climb inside of - a unique take on a merry-go-round. Separate from the main equipment is a swing set with a sling swing and a baby swing, a traditional merry-go-round and a climbing structure shaped like a bug. The restroom is adjacent to this section of the playground and was quite clean the day we visited. There's also a small picnic shelter and a picnic area under the trees past the playground. There are no benches beside the playground at this time, but I wouldn't be surprised if they are added as they complete the finishing touches on the new playground area.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

American Legion Park, Columbia, IL

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 Mayor 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

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

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!