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Grimmons Playground

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.

Ipswich River Park Playground

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.