South Hills Mom

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Peterswood Park, Part 2, Peters Township

on August 5, 2013

Today I met a good friend at Farmhouse Coffee for an iced latte and a stroller walk on the Montour Trail.  My friend also has two kids under two years old, though her oldest son will turn 2 this month.  We met through our husbands when we were both pregnant with our first babies, and marvel at how much has changed in the past two years.  Nothing helps a strong friendship grow faster than embarking on the journey of motherhood together!

Today she was a good sport and agreed to go with me on a hunt for a connection from the Montour Trail to Peterswood Park – and we found one!  If you leave Farmhouse Coffee and start walking towards Bethel Park (as opposed to towards Route 19) you will soon find a path leading off to the right of the Montour Trail.  If you stay on this path (bear to the left when a second path pops up a little later) you will end up in Peterswood Park near the soccer fields that are halfway up the hill in Peterswood Park.  I was excited to find the connection, but the walk up this path is a steady incline and you would still need to walk up a pretty steep hill to access the shaded playgrounds at the top of the hill that I reviewed yesterday.  You could proceed down the main hill (Meredith Dr.) to the second playground area, the sunny one I’m reviewing today, but be prepared for the hike back up the hill to get back to the trail!  Another day I will explore that second path that popped up, as I suspect it may connect to this sunny playground, but that’s an adventure for another day.

Today’s playground is the one I refer to as the “sunny playground” at Peterswood Park.  Though there are mature trees that offer shade around the play structure, the actual play area is unshaded.  It’s a great playground for a cloudy day, or a visit during the spring or fall!

Peterswood Park, Meredith Drive, Venetia

Peterswood, front view

This is a really fun playground with features to keep kids of many ages occupied!

This playground features:

  • four slides; 2 double slides, 1 curving slide, 1 twisting slide
  • many access points to climbing platforms, including ramps for the little ones and a spiral pole for the more coordinated kids
  • a bridge, perfect for running across or bouncing on
  • monkey bars
  • a megaphone
  • full restroom facilities
  • picnic pavilion

My thoughts on this playground:

  • My 7 month old was unimpressed.  There are no swings, so there’s nothing for him to do here.  He appreciated the shady areas that he could watch the other kids play from!  Because of that, he’d probably give this playground 1 out of 5 stars.
  • My toddler took off running as soon as we got out of the car to get to the playground.  There are many different access points for her to get onto the climbing apparatus, including two ramps and one staircase.  She likes to climb, but isn’t quite skilled enough to handle a ladder.  The staircase is perfect for her.  She bolted to the bridge, where other kids had already set up camp bouncing each other on it.  They offered to let her pass, but I was able to redirect her attention to the curving slide instead.  She returned to the bridge later, and ran across it repeatedly to her heart’s content.  I think she would give this playground 3 out of 5 stars.  She enjoys climbing and running around, but after about 10 minutes she wandered off to pick up those pesky apples off the ground, or to explore whatever Peters Township Recreation keeps behind the restroom facilities.  It didn’t keep her attention as long as other playgrounds have.
  • I think this is an excellent park for preschoolers and older.  Toddlers can certainly play here, but there’s nothing for the pre-walker to do.  There are many features of this playground that are too old for toddlers, like the monkey bars or even the megaphone that my little one desperately wanted to yell at me through, but wasn’t tall enough to reach.  I like the shaded spots around the playground, with the thoughtfully placed benches.  There is also a covered pavilion with picnic tables and full restroom facilities.  The playground is right by ball fields and a batting cage, so there is ample parking.  You don’t have to cross the street, or even cross the parking lot, to visit this playground.  I would give this playground 4 out of 5 stars because it is geared toward older kids.  If your kids are preschool-aged or older this would be a great park for you!  We will visit this park again, but we prefer the shaded one at the top of the hill for now.
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