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Trotwood Park, Upper St. Clair

on August 26, 2013

Trotwood Park (sometimes called Trotwood Hills Park – not sure which is the correct name) is one of the secret spray playgrounds in Upper St. Clair.  I truly feel that with the popularity of the spray parks that have popped up all over Pittsburgh that these playgrounds are grossly under-utilized.  South Hills families!  You don’t have to travel to Beechview, Troy Hill, East Hills, Shadyside, or Roundhill Farm to enjoy a quick cool down!  Granted those spray parks are much more elaborate, and depending on your location in the South Hills may be an easy drive for you anyway, but for my little ones the spray pads in USC get the job done…and get us home in 5-10 minutes.  In addition to the spray pad, Trotwood Park is a fun playground with lots of fun to be had without getting wet, too!

Trotwood Park, Robson Drive, Upper St. Clair

Trotwood Park, Upper St. Clair

This playground features:

  • a spray pad
  • a playground structure with low climbing platforms, a climbing wall, fireman’s pole, ladder, and three slides
  • a climbing structure with monkey bars and a zip slide
  • a climbing/bouncing structure (not sure how to describe this – see pics)
  • a swing set with two regular swings and two infant swings
  • picnic pavilion
  • parking lot with ample parking
  • athletic courts – basketball and tennis

My thoughts on this playground:

  • There were swings for both of my babies – 5 out of 5 stars from my seven month old who got to swing with his sister.
  • My toddler enjoyed swinging and playing on the playground.  She was able to scale the climbing wall and enjoyed sliding down all the slides, which were big, but not too big.  It was a cool day so we did not turn the water on, but the controls were clearly labeled.  She was interested in the climbing structures, which were too big for her, though.  She would give this 3 out of 5 stars on a cool day, but if she got to run through the water it would have been 5 out of 5 for her.
  • I enjoyed the layout of this playground – everything had its own space and we kind of worked our way around the park, checking everything out as we went.  Upper St. Clair does such a great job utilizing their space efficiently.  Though not crowded, this park had so much to offer kids from infancy through the teen years.  Because of it’s range and the novelty of the spray pad I would give this playground 5 out of 5 stars.
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