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Evans Park, South Park

on August 20, 2013

We were immediately excited when we found Evans Park.  It’s huge, colorful, and everywhere you look you see something new to climb on, climb in, or slide down.  It’s a wonderland of a playground for kids to explore!

Evans Park, 2826 Triphammer Road, South Park

Evans Park, South Park

First, I apologize for the poor angle of some of the pictures.  There were other kiddos playing and I didn’t want to post pics of someone else’s kids to the internet without them knowing!  Plus the playground is SO BIG that it would be difficult to find a good angle to take a pic anyway.  Those factors combined with my sub-par photography skills result in the pics you see today.  I hope you can still get a good idea of what this playground has to offer!

This playground features:

  • a HUGE climbing structure, accessible by a rock wall, low climbing platforms, and multiple ladders
  • five slides; one straight, one straight and bumpy, one twisting, one twisting tunnel, and one triple slide (note: ALL the slides are VERY tall)
  • several kinds of monkey bars
  • a tunnel and bridge
  • two bouncy airplanes
  • a free standing rock wall
  • swing set with three regular swings (should be four, but one was missing)
  • a covered picnic pavilion
  • port-a-potty

My thoughts on this playground:

  • There’s nothing really for non-walkers to do other than the airplane bouncers, and I didn’t feel comfortable putting my seven month in there.  0 out of 5 stars for babies.
  • My toddler enjoyed the airplanes and climbed the platforms to run around on the structure.  The tunnel actually goes up a hill, and she had a hard time maneuvering her way through it.  This should have been a good sign for us to turn around, but she powered through.  Once she got past the tunnel she really didn’t have much to do.  Everything was much too big for her, and she only went down the middle of the triple slide after I climbed up and went down with her.  She would probably give this 1 out of 5 stars for toddlers.
  • This is really a park for bigger kids.  My dare-devil 20 month old didn’t even want to cross the bridge – it was too high up.  And once she got through the tunnel it was very difficult for me to get to her on the playground structure.  I ended up having to awkwardly climb up a ladder to be up there with her, because I DID NOT feel comfortable with her being up there alone.  There were multiple openings for her to fall down.  It’s a GREAT playground for bigger kids – leave the little ones at home.  2 out of 5 stars for me because it was so geared toward older kids and because of that missing swing.  I hate seeing playgrounds poorly maintained.  Parking was also kind of ambiguous; there are “no parking” signs on the street by the playground but a little farther up there are handicapped parking signs.  I kind of just parked off on the side up there and walked down the street with my stroller.

3 responses to “Evans Park, South Park

  1. Andrea says:

    This looks so much fun!

  2. Michelle says:

    Actually, you missed out on the Toddler portion of this park. When you turn into the park, you will see a sign for fields off to the right; if you drive up that road, there is a huge parking lot where you initially will see several ball fields. If you walk (there is a paved walkway for strollers too) right down between the fields, it opens up into a toddler play space. There are batting cages right there too, which is nice for those of us who have both toddlers and 10 year olds!

    • That’s great! I just looked it up on Google Maps and see exactly what you’re talking about. We will head there soon…the first playground was so nice but just too big, so I’m excited to see what this one includes. Thank you!!

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