South Hills Mom

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Clair Park, Upper St. Clair

on August 11, 2013

Spray parks are one of the new playground trends popping up around Pittsburgh.  The city of Pittsburgh has spray parks in Beechview, Troy Hill, East Hills, and Shadyside, with the latter two parks opening just this summer.  Round Hill Park in Elizabeth also added a farm-themed spray park to their amenities.  Spray parks are a great alternative to pools on a hot summer day and are fun for all ages!

Even though spray parks are a newer trend, many playgrounds in Upper St. Clair have featured spray fountains for years.  One of the most popular USC parks is Wiltshire Park, with its water-spewing seal, but several other playgrounds in the area offer spray pads as well!

Clair Park in Upper St. Clair offers a spray pad to cool off on a hot summer day and is less than 5 minutes from South Hills Village.  The fact that it is nestled right in the South Hills makes it a pretty enticing destination for us!

Clair Park, Clair Drive, Upper St. Clair

Clair Park, Upper St. Clair

Clair Park is a true “neighborhood park,” with parking for only about 3 or 4 cars at its entrance (other cars could park on the street).  Walking trails approach the park from all angles and give the sense of a community of park-goers merging at this park.

This playground features:

  • a spray pad
  • two spring bouncers
  • a play area with three slides, monkey bars, a zip slide, and play platform
  • a swing set with two infant swings and two regular swings
  • a picnic pavilion
  • a basketball court

My thoughts on this playground:

  • My easy-to-please seven month old got to swing in the shade…5 out of 5 stars from him.
  • My toddler liked the springy animals, climbed onto the platform to play a bit, and slid down the slide.  She really liked the swings here, maybe because they are higher on the hill and she could have a full view of the playground!  We visited on a cooler day so the spray pad wasn’t an option for today, but I’d be willing to bet she would love it.  Overall I’d call this park semi-toddler friendly, and she would probably rate this with 3 out of 5 stars.  There were a lot of things she couldn’t do; even two of the slides were only accessible by climbing a ladder that was too tricky for her.
  • I think this park is great!  It caters more to an older age group, but even a two year old would probably get more use out of it than my little ones.  It has something for everyone though; the platform has a steering wheel and a slide accessible from it, the bouncy horse and car are clearly meant for the little ones, and the swings were a hit.  I would give this park 5 out of 5 stars for versatility, cleanliness, and the novelty of the spray pad.

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