South Hills Mom

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Chartier’s Park, Bridgeville

on August 23, 2013

Chartier’s Park is off of Lesnett Road, which I know best as the “back way” to get from Upper St. Clair to I-79.  I’ve driven by the gate to this park several times, but never really knew what was down there!  A follower on Facebook suggested checking this park out when I said I was looking for something new, and it was great advice!  There are actually two play areas to Chartier’s Park; a newer, larger structure and a scattering of smaller, older structures.  I will focus on the newer structure in this review, with a brief description of the other areas at the end.

Chartier’s Park, Chartiers Street, Bridgeville

Chartier's Park, Bridgeville

After a long, steep, twisting driveway, this park opens up to a spacious parking lot with several picnic areas and athletic fields.  The newer playground is all the way at the far end of the park, near the front corner of the parking lot.

This playground features:

  • a large climbing structure, accessible by ladders, rock wall, and low climbing platforms
  • five slides; one triple slide, two curved slides, one short tunnel slide, and one twisting slide
  • fireman’s pole
  • steering wheels
  • covered picnic pavilion
  • full restroom facilities (at the other end of the parking lot, though!)

My thoughts on this playground:

  • There isn’t anything to do for the non-walker, so 0 out of 5 stars from my seven month old.
  • Everything is easily accessible for my toddler, and she was able to run all over without interference from me.  She likes short tunnel slides and this one did not disappoint.  She really enjoyed herself here!  4 out of 5 stars from her.
  • This was a fun playground with lots of room to run around.  We visited after the rain and it was a bit yucky – you have to walk through the grass to get to the playground, there are lots of trees with falling leaves around, and the mulch around the playground was a bit muddy, too.  The plus side of all that is that it would be shaded on a sunny day, though!  This is a fun park and we would definitely come play here again.  I would give it 4 out of 5 stars!

Across the parking lot, at the bottom of the hill upon entering the park, is an older play area.  It features a toddler play area, swing set, wooden play structure with a tire swing, old-fashioned metal jungle gym, and old-fashion seesaws.  This is also the park area with the full restroom facilities.

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