Josh is an avid soccer fan and has been playing in the New England Over The Hill Soccer League. Turns out that a lot of the soccer fields are near playgrounds, so Alex, Jen, and I have gone to support Josh’s soccer games and check out the playgrounds.
Hayden Playground is in the middle of three soccer fields and one baseball pitch. The playground itself is fenced, there are port-a-potties, and water fountains. There is a pretty safe toddler structure with two slides and a tunnel, and a very cool slightly-bigger-kid structure. Somehow they managed to squeeze four slides onto that structure, and it also seemed very safe. There is no shade, so we were glad that we were there on a lovely late summer morning with some clouds.
Yesterday we ended up at Ipswich River Park Playground by a tremendously circuitous route…I’d been hoping to go yard-saling and yesterday we drove off full of hope and courage to a yard sale promising lots of toys and children’s clothing… but ended up driving around for ages and didn’t find it. We ended up watching a family fish at Field Pond in Andover, which Alex found tremendously fascinating (for a good10 minutes). Then he hinted pretty strongly that he would like to go to a playground (Mama, let’s go to playground NOOOOOWWWW), and the fishing family suggested Ipswich River Park as being very close.
We found it, we played it, we loved it. Ipswich River Park is quite big. You park in a big lot before going on a paved path through some trees to the field. Then, there huge field with lots of soccer fields, basketball, baseball, hockey, tennis, horseshoe pit, restrooms, skateboarding park and a lovely playground. There’s probably more, but that is all we had time to see since this Mama had forgotten sunhats and everyone was in danger of getting heat stroke. The playground is not shaded, but it does have a nice structure with a side for little kids and one side for bigger kids. There are four infant swings, four big-kid swings, and a big climbing structure made out of tubes. There are plenty of shaded picnic tables nearby, but the playground itself was scorching hot.
I think most people were at this park to try out kid’s bikes. There is an excellent, paved, circular path that we will definitely be back to ride on, once Alex and JenJen have their own bikes.