Ever since my friend April sent in pictures of Grimmons Playground a couple of months ago, I’ve been wanting to check out this all-new, sprinkly playground in the Ten Hills section of Somerville. It’s been getting noticeably less summery, so I’ve been posting several Playground Hunt field trips on both the Bitchin Mamas Meetup.com group and the Playground Hunt facebook page. Just in case summer doesn’t come back, I’ve got to get all those playground trips in somehow. Trust me when I say that playing in frozen sand is not so much fun for the kids 😉
So this playground is brand new in 2010 and has that spongy recycled rubber surface everywhere. There is a big kid structure, a couple of swings, a half tennis court, two sprinkler areas and a separately fenced toddler area. The whole big playground is also fenced with latched gates, so the little ones are doubly contained – until someone turns on the sprinkler. Then everyone wants to play in the water of course. The sprinklers are controlled by pushing down on two poles and last for three or four minutes. Water pressure is good and didn’t blow anyone off their feet. The surface in the center is a bit slippery though and Alex cracked his head, even though he was in bare feet (which I think tends to give a lot of grip).
The trees are still growing, so it’s a bit warm when the sun is out in full force. Margo had the brilliant idea of bringing her beach shade tent to the park, so we were all lovingly cared for. The other thing to note is that access from Puritan Road is down a long set of stairs. The gate on Governor Winthrop Road is at street level. Almost all parking in Somerville is for residents only, including Governor Winthrop Rd. I got lucky today in that the meter maid asked if the car belonged to someone on the playground. :-). There is parking for non-residents on Shore Dr.
Yesterday was a day for sitting by the pool and drinking margaritas, or failing that, running through the water at a shady sprinkler park. JenJen and Alex don’t drink margaritas, so we opted for Cedar Street Playground in Cambridge with its lovely sprinkler area. This playground is one of the shadiest we’ve seen, but some thoughtful person has equipped the picnic tables with extra shade umbrellas. The playground is double fenced. There is a gate to Dudley street, and a gate to the tot lot. The tot lot has four swings and an excellent climbing structure with a large sandpit, liberally sprinkled with donated toys. The big kid structure is a fun structure made out of rope and provides lots of 3D climbing and play. There is also quite a bit of shaded grass, though dogs tend to frequent that, a little basketball court, and the sprinklers. The sprinklers are activated by holding onto the top of the green column and then there are a few minutes of various sprinklers providing splashes and mist.
Note that all the parking on the side streets require a resident permit, but there are 2hr parking meters on Massachusetts Ave as well as a several buslines.
We went to North Point Playground yesterday. This is a new playground near the Museum of Science (you have to go under the Green Line subway track to get to it from the museum). We thought it was a beautiful playground in a gorgeous setting – as long as you didn’t look at the building debris in one direction. The playground is huge, has a fenced toddler section that is gigantic and right near the sprinkler section. There are three very cool structures for older kids, lots of benches, views of the harbor, some paths for walking and biking. We didn’t see any restroom facilities, but the Museum of Science is only about 5 minutes walk away.
What a shame I put my finger over the lens for the photos of the toddler playground – I’ll just have to go again soon – te he he 😉