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Endicott Park

We joined a Meetup.com meetup at Endicott Park in Danvers. We’d never been, but it is only 15 minutes from our home in Stoneham, and it was great fun. It’s run by the town of Danvers: http://www.endicottpark.com/

Located in northeast Massachusetts, in the Town of Danvers, Endicott Park encompasses 165 acres, and is home to some of the most unique and varied recreational land on the North Shore.

The park’s varied landscape includes pastoral views, historic farm buildings, orchards, woodlands, and marshes, with a network of trails and gravel roads for stress free and stroller friendly exploration of the park.

Entrance fee to the park is $1 for residents and $3 for non-residents during the weekend. Free during the week, but they are looking for donations to purchase a new climbing rock for the playground. And I always support people who want to improve a playground 😉 (For my playground project see http://RebuildingRounds.org)

Anyway, the playground area is fully fenced, has lots of benches, lots of shade trees, and lots of space with grass. There are two areas, one for the 2-5 year old set, one for the 5-12 year old set. Both are well designed, usable, and FUN! There are lots of swings, thought the ones with the infant seats and the big kid seats are at opposite sides of the playground. There are NO TRASH BARRELS since this is a carry in – carry out facility. Bring a plastic bag.

There are restrooms, some farm animals, some strolling trails, and lots of meadows and trees for frolicking.

Nature Craft Books I’m reading

A quick list of children’s craft books I am into at the moment. Alex, who turned 4 in Dec, is definitely able get something out of these. Jen still makes blobs a lot – though she surprised me by daintily painting just the wings, eyes, and feather tufts on an owl mask the other day. I’m looking forward to spring – can ya tell?


Greenwood Park

We went to Greenwood Park opposite the Stone Zoo recently to burn off energy pre-doom-and-gloom-it’s-the-end-of-the-world because Hurricane-Irene is headed this way. It was lovely.

Alex and Jen are finally getting to the age where they can play on a playground without constant help, so I actually had some time to take pictures. And now, miracle of miracles, Jen is having a nap through Thursday afternoon’s thunderstorm. This means that I can actually do some writing.

So, Greenwood Park is probably the nicest playground in Stoneham (though we’re going to fix that, right?). It is the playground located near the zoo just on the edge of the Middlesex Fells Reservation. There is a pretty view of the Fells Reservoir and a large parking lot, but don’t forget to bring along the insect repellent.

The reason we keep on coming back to this playground is that it is designed for children under the age of five. There are two main structures: My children have been using the one designed for children under the age of two for a while. That structure is very safe, low to the ground, features a short little slide and also a wheel. The whole thing works for crawlers and cruisers.

The other structure is for the 2-to-5-year-old kids, but teeny and fearless Jen has being crawling up that for a few months now. The tunnels slide is a hit and very safe. I used to have to accompany Alex on that slide (the times when I was a bazillion months pregnant with Jen were especially fun). Now both Jen and Alex race up the stairs to slide again. That structure is pretty safe, but does have some openings for kids to fall through. I suggest caution for parents of reckless kids, but most will understand.

The playground also has the biggest sandbox ever! The sand was hard packed and had quite a few large stone in it. Nothing a good sifting and some new sand wouldn’t fix.

We didn’t make it to the swings, the circle of sit-on teeters, the large field, or the walk in the forest, but we got in a solid 2 1/2 hours of running before it started raining.

Playground win!

This post was first published by the Stoneham Patch at http://stoneham.patch.com/blog_posts/pre-hurricane-fun-at-greenwood-park





Cambridge Common Playground

This playground is at the north end of the Cambridge Common, which is just north of Harvard Square. Our last visit had been in fall, after all the water sprinklers were turned off. So we went again recently:

Livingston Street Recreational Area

Review: Large fenced and gated playground. Several large play structures for toddlers, preschoolers, and older children. Infant/toddler swings, regular swings, and sand pit with toys. You will need two adults to manage twin toddlers.

253 Livingston St
Tewksbury, MA 01876

Anonymous said…

My husband and I took our 17 month old son to this playground for the first time today. It is really a lovely park. It is very clean and there are a lot of benches including a gazebo with picnic tables where you can sit and enjoy lunch or a snack. There is plenty of parking and lots of room for toddlers and older children to run around. The only thing is that the play structures are all wood, so watch out for tiny fingers with tiny splinters. The sand box could use a little bit more sand too, but other than that it’s a nice little park. We will for sure be visiting the park more often once it starts to warm up a little bit.

Rahanis Playground

Review: Fenced off from the road and parking lot, but no gates at the entrances, and the playground is open to the basketball courts and playing fields. One toddler structure, and two infant/toddler swings but overall, this playground is best suited to older preschoolers and older children. Not great for twin toddlers with only one adult.

Parking for the playground is located off of Mill Street.

Rahanis Park map and directions

Simond’s Park

Review: Lots of fun for young twins, but only with a helper. The fully fenced, gated playground is huge and keeping keeping track of multiple toddlers can be difficult if they take off in different directions.

Entrance off of Bedford St
Burlington, MA 01803
Link to Simond’s Park Map

Hours: Public Park open ’til dusk
Fees: none
Parking: large parking lot, but it fills up during baseball games.
Accessibility (for wheelchairs, etc.): wide gate and brick pathways make it easy to navigate double strollers and wheelchairs.
Fences/Gates: fenced and gated, two gates, but many parents and children leave them standing open.
Structures: 3 structures, under 2, ages 2-5, ages 5-12
Swings: 4 infant/toddler swings, 1 accessible swing, 4 standard swings, 1 tire swing
Sandbox: none
Tables and Benches: several benches inside the fenced playground, picnic tables and grills just outside the playground
Ground Cover: wood mulch
Sun/Shade: no shade, very hot in the summer
Restrooms: yes, but only open limited hours
Refreshments: yes, nice refreshement stand but only open limited hours, also water fountain available.
Safety Concerns: the play area is huge and it is very hard to keep track of more than one toddler if you are alone, the older children are often very rough with the little ones.
Playing Fields: baseball and much more
Other Activities: wading pool near the playground, but only for Burlington residents

Reading Tot Lot

More Images of the Tot Lot

Review: Toddler friendly, fenced and gated playground.
Good for toddler twins. Easy to keep up with multiple toddlers at once, even for just one parent.

Bancroft Ave. at the end of Hartshorn St. in Birch Meadow Park
Link to the Tot Lot Map

Hours: Public Park, open ’til dusk
Fees: none
Parking: large parking lot for all park facilities
Accessibility (for wheelchairs, etc.): wide gate and plenty of room to maneuver for wheelchairs and double strollers
Fences/Gates: fenced and gated
Structures: 2 metal and plastic for ages 2-5 OR 5-12
Swings: 2 infant/toddler, 2 regular, 1 special needs
Sandbox: none
Tables and Benches: no tables, 1 bench
Ground Cover: rubber mulch
Sun/Shade: partially shaded
Restrooms: none
Refreshments: none
Restrictions: no pets allowed
Safety Concerns: climbing wall might be problematic for younger toddlers.
Playing Fields: Tennis Courts and other playing fields nearby
Other Activities: close to downtown and Reading Public Library but it would be quite a hike.

Springs Brook Park

Springs Brook Park is HERE on the map and very, very nice 🙂