Wow! 20 mins is a long drive for a park! I can see why you want to make something in your yard. Honestly, the yard thing is WAY more useful in the long run anyways, even if you had a park in walking distance.
I'm not sure if there is sand at that playground, we haven't been over yet. It's part of a school so??? DD loves swings...but she still prefers the baby swings as she can go really high. I'm quite sure a school doesn't have baby swings so my mom might be safe. She has started to use the big kid swings in our yard though, which is great as the next baby will need the baby swing eventually and I don't want to buy another!
Our neighbourhood didn't have a community playground when we moved here but some of the parents next to our designated playground lot banded together and got one built! The City put some money in but they had to fund raise for the rest of the money and get donations from the community. The play structure is an older kids one, which wasn't super exciting to me when it was first built (DD was 1.5 years at the time) but now that she's older it's going to be great. It's about a 5 minute walk from here which isn't bad...but it's very steep downhill to get there...which means...it's BRUTAL coming back up pushing the stroller. :P
DD at the vacant lot a few weeks before the playground went up.
This is construction weekend in the MUD! Gross. Everything was covered! They had to put 12" of bark mulch on top after all was set!
DD's first day playing. She was so little! In hindsight I'm glad they picked an older kid's structure as she's totally there now!
There is this play structure and then 4 swings. There is also a grassy area for running and playing. Benches and a picnic table too! My favorite part is it's fully fenced with gates! Now if I could just get over my hate of hills. :P
That's awesome that people banned together to get a playground built. That's definitely a nice one. K might surprise you and even learn to pump herself this summer. 2 of my kids learned to pump at 3 years old, and my other one learned the day she turned 4! My kids are not the most coordinated either.
Yes, 20 minutes is a drive... it takes us at least 15 minutes to get anywhere though. We are out in no where ville. We like it that way though.
We are a 5 min walk from our nearest park. It's pretty old though. It's fine for my older two but I would worry about my youngest this summer. There is a nicer/newer one at DD's school, which is a 10 minute walk. I guess if my older two are riding bikes, DS2 is in the stroller, and new baby is in the wrap, it won't take too long to get there. I have a double stroller but man that thing is a beast!
Yes, DD hoisted herself up on the 'big kid' swing in our back yard over Christmas and the other day she did pump a bit! She must have learned that from us because daycare doesn't have swings. I was pretty impressed. Last summer she couldn't even balance on those big swings!!!
It's nice you have playgrounds so close Sandra. I agree, some of the old play structures are a bit scary. Our provincial campgrounds have these really old ones that are constructed with round logs that are somewhat flattened on top. There are big rounded areas between the two flat areas...so it was hard for K last year. She'll be way better this summer I'm sure! I love that some of them still have their tire swings!!!
Heather - we do own, so I can fence it. But I'm lazy Also we let our neighbours walk through our backyard to get to the park faster so they don't have to walk all around. And we have the same thing like your mom - a big soccer field, with a big hill (for sledding in the winter) and then the park. It's WONDERFUL. But I don't mind if I get outside a bunch, I can always use the air and color. And DD will hopefully climb all the things by herself this summer and I won't need to go up the slide EVERY time. Just catch her at the bottom
I'm totally an inside girl too. LOL. It's not SUPER hot here like, say, in Arizona, but it gets warm for me in the summer. Spring and fall we have the furnace/air conditioning off and DD can go in and out...but then once it gets too hot I like to keep everything closed up. It's going to be different this year as I'll be home for the hottest time...so we'll see. Our house is South facing so the main grass area in the back is shaded by the house most of the afternoon, which is nice.