South Hills Mom

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Elm Grove Park, Peters Township

on August 16, 2013

Elm Grove Park is easily accessible from McMurray Road or the Valleybrook intersection of Route 19 (when there’s no road work!).  It is a large 14 acre park with a soccer field and ball field.  As always, we enjoyed the cleanliness and amenities at the parks in Peters Township!

Elm Grove Park, 250 Thompsonville Road, McMurray

Elm Grove Park, Peters Township

Though this playground isn’t very large, it is thoughtfully designed.  There are features to keep kids of all ages entertained!

This playground features:

  • a large playground structure with low climbing platforms and a large landing
  • two slides (one twisting, one double)
  • a curved ladder, fireman’s pole, and spiral pole
  • a spinning tic-tac-toe board
  • a turning gear board
  • a megaphone
  • a playhouse window and bench
  • full restroom facilities
  • a covered picnic pavilion
  • a spacious parking lot

My thoughts on this playground:

  • My seven month old wasn’t impressed because there were no swings and there wasn’t any shade.  He did like that there was a paved path from the parking lot to the playground for him to be strolled down, and that he could sit in his stroller very near the playground to observe his sister.  For that reason, he would give this playground 2 out of 5 stars.
  • My toddler enjoyed climbing up the curved ladder (with my help, though she thinks she can do it all by herself!) and she liked the large landing at the top.  She peered over the edge where the fireman’s pole is, flirting with the idea of sliding down it before I squashed that plan.  She turned the gears and slid down both slides.  However, her favorite parts were chasing a butterfly, playing with mulch, and pushing her brother in the stroller, so I would call this playground “semi-toddler friendly.”  It has some features for littler ones, but is mainly designed for preschoolers and up.  Toddlers can certainly play on it safely, but it’s just not meant for them.  She would probably give it 3 out of 5 stars.
  • I liked the large platform since it made it easy for me to climb up there with her.  I didn’t like the openings on both sides of the platform though; when I was on the ground I kept running from one side to the other to try to catch my little one if she fell.  Since it’s meant mainly for older kids I would give it 3 out of 5 stars.  We would gladly play on this playground again if we were in the area, but probably won’t make a special trip back.
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