Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Heights Playground and Outdoor Classroom, Richmond Heights

Location: 8001 Dale Ave, Richmond Heights, MO 63117

Website: http://www.richmondheights.org/departments/parks_and_recreation_cooperative/parks/richmond_heights_parks.php

Playground Ground Cover: Poured Rubber, wood chips

I stumbled across this playground while I was looking for the AB Green playground next door. For some reason this amazing playground is not listed on the Richmond Heights website! As a result I had no idea this place was even here. It was built in 2012 and it is awesome. I couldn't get a lot of photos because they were repairing a slide and the gate was closed. But we will be back when it's warmer! Here is a wonderful article about all it's features and the benefits of Nature Classrooms. There are now several in the St. Louis area! In addition to this one, here's a list of other Nature Classrooms in Missouri:

You can also swim here at the Heights. Here's that post. 

The playground is large and has many activities including rock walls, balance beam, various poles and bars, slides, and more. I couldn't see swings or the back of the structures due to the playground being closed for repairs right now. I'll update when we go back.


 Music and Movement Area

 It's hard to see but this is the messy play area complete with sand pit

The mini amphitheater where they have book readings, puppet shows, and other special events.

"A large variety of activities are planned throughout the year at the Nature Explore Classroom including birthday parties, stories in the park, tree scavenger hunts, insect hunts, and camouflage adventure to name just a few. The classroom is completely fenced and parents have commented on how safe they feel letting their children play within the area knowing there is only one unlocked gate. Designed for children 2 to 12 years of age with adult supervision, there are boundless opportunities to explore and create in this magical space."

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