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Millennium Park, Bethel Park

on August 17, 2013

Millennium Park is Bethel Park’s largest park, totaling 40 acres of athletic fields.  You can access the park from Baptist Road or from Hillside Drive off of Route 88.  To get to the playground (and to avoid the never-ending construction at the Baptist/Brownsville intersection), Hillside Drive is the best option!

Millennium Park, Hillside Drive, Bethel Park

Millennium Park, Bethel Park

Millennium Park is the newest park in Bethel Park, so it is slightly more updated than the other playgrounds in BP.  We met a friend who’s son is 4 days younger than my daughter, and they had fun exploring the different features of this playground.

This playground features:

  • a swing set with one regular swing and one infant swing
  • a seesaw
  • a playground structure with low climbing platforms, a curved ladder, two slides (one twisting, one double), a tunnel, and a fireman’s pole
  • spacious parking lot
  • restroom facilities
  • one picnic table, uncovered

My thoughts on this playground:

  • My seven month old almost fell asleep in the swing.  I guess that means he liked it!  He also got to ride the seesaw with his sister, since the seat was wide and flat.  5 out of 5 stars from him.
  • The toddlers enjoying climbing up the steps and crawling through the tunnel.  They poked their sweet faces through the peepholes in the tunnel to laugh at the mommies down below.  They liked sliding down the double slide together.  Our little friend got a little ambitious and scared his mom by attempting the fireman’s pole, but she was able to prevent any disasters.  There weren’t many open areas to fall down, so they were able to play freely on the playground.  They also enjoyed bouncing opposite of each other on the seesaw.  This playground kept them occupied for a good 15 minutes, at which point they switched to playing in the mulch.  I think they would give this playground 4 out of 5 stars.
  • I thought this was the best of the Bethel Park playgrounds we’ve been to so far.  But honestly, I’ve been disappointed with the BP playgrounds, so that’s not saying much 😦  This was the newest one and there was a maintenance crew cutting grass nearby on the fields, so it does get some upkeep, but there were weeds growing all through the mulch.  Nothing dangerous, but it’s disappointing to see the playground uncared for.  However, it was safe for the kids to play on, and though being more geared toward older kids our little ones still had a good time.  I would give this playground 3 out of 5 stars, and we will probably come again since it’s so close to home.
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