Location:6368 Center Grove Road
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Amenities: 2 playgrounds (with a 3rd in the planning phase), picnic shelters, tennis courts, soccer field, inline skating rink, restrooms
Playground ground cover: wood chips, poured rubber and rubber chips
Township Park in Edwardsville is also known as Airplane Park - due to the A-7 Corsair Naval Aircraft situated facing the road at the front of the park.
The park boasts a brand new playground by Boundless Playgrounds. The playground is designed to be used by children of all ages and abilities - with adaptive swings and ramps up to the play decks. The playground has a forest theme, with the center being made to look like a tree house with tunnels below the deck, and a double slide down from above. Look for the animal faces hidden in the tree bark - my 3 year old loved them! The forest theme is continued throughout the playground with a mushroom picnic table and mushroom steps leading to one of the play decks, climbing poles that look like trees, a bee-hive tunnel climber, and a dragonfly tetter-tottor.
There are some shade canopies over the playground, which don't shade the entire playground (so be sure to apply sunscreen) but do provide welcome relief from the suns rays.
The swing area contains 2 adaptive swings, 4 sling swings and 2 baby swings, plus a bench swing. There's also a music area (which is shaded by a canopy as well).
This playground was crowded - but it's huge so it can hold a lot of kids. However, due to its size, if you have a smaller child, you'll probably want to follow her around somewhat - especially if he likes to climb up ladders that are a little beyond his abilities!
Plan to stay awhile when you come since the design of the playground offers so many different imaginative storylines that your kids can act out.
With this brand new playground, I expected a nice new bathroom facility to accompany it, but that is not the case. The restrooms are off in a corner and old. There isn't even an sidewalk up to the building (so much for the accessibility of the park - just the playground is accessible). There was a huge mud puddle right in front of the restroom when we were there.
There's a second playground located at the very front of the park, near the two silos (which they use for storage, in case you were wondering - it was the first thing I noticed when we pulled into the park!). This small wooden playground has rubber chips for the ground cover and some slides and climbing levels.
A third playground is in the planning phase and construction is set for the fall of 2013. It is set to be built where there was a large community-built wooden playground that was removed due to disrepair. This new playground promises to be quite a destination playground! Look for a review once the new playground is complete! More info about this new playground can be found here: http://www.airplaneparkplayground.org