On Sunday we picked up Ben's friend L* and took her to Piedmont Park with us. We all went to the new playground but the two big kids quickly got bored. Piedmont has a relatively new playground... it is really big it is too sanitized and structured. We usually play for 15 minutes and then go walk or to the dog park. My kids prefer Howell or the one in the woods where we go walking. Ian remembered seeing an old playground so we decided to go investigate it...
It was built in the 70's and BOY is it dangerous by today's standards. The steep stairs up the old slide have no handrails and you can fall right through. The slide itself is insanely tall and fast. So steep you FLY off at the bottom and have to swing your arms to land on your feet (or you fall hard, on your butt).
The swings are tall and have no limiters. The monkey bars are multi-tiered and high. There are giant cement cubes you can climb.
Wow. It is a kid's paradise. Everything is dangerous and terribly fun. The three of them had a fantastic time running around and playing. There is a nice grassy area with benches for the grownups. I think next time we'll just skip the new playground and come straight here!