April 15, 2012
Sunday was a beautiful day, far too nice to spend the whole day pent up inside. As a result, we spent quite a bit of time outside doing various things and Alex got to ride his trike and play ball with the neighbor kids. As if that were not enough, we decided it was about time we bring Alex to the park.
Laurelhurst Park is not the closest park to our house, but it is a lovely park that we enjoy visiting. Before we had Alex, Brian and I would walk around the pond with the dogs completely unaware that there was another whole section of the park with play equipment and sports facilities. We “discovered” the play area when were exploring options for Alex’s birthday party last year and ended up having his party at the park.
The playground at Laurelhurst has a sign that states the equipment is meant for children age 5 to 12; however, Alex and many of the other children at the park would disagree. The equipment is just fine for the little kids as long as their parents are on hand to supervise. There are multiple play structures at the park. The largest one has slides, climbing equipment, and a bridge and is perfect for little kids as the equipment is all short and appears very safe. There are multiple swing sets, teeter totters, balancing poles, and all sorts of other fun things for kids to play on.
The park is very popular and since yesterday was a beautiful day, there were many people there. It is very important to keep a close eye on your kids to make sure they do not get hurt playing or have any problems with any of the other kids or adults in the playground. Unfortunately, a busy city park is not a place where you can sit down and relax while your kid plays. If you want that, stick to places like Inflatable Kingdom where the crowds are controlled and the play is supervised for you.
While Alex was a little uncomfortable with all the people around, he had a wonderful time at the park. He loved climbing, sliding, swinging, balancing, and teeter tottering. The worst part about going to the park is eventually it is time to leave.
Laurelhurst Park is located at SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd (formerly 39th St) between SE Ankeny St and SE Stark St. The portion of the park with the play equipment is located between SE Oak St and SE Stark St.