City Park is a home run | Letter

Jul 17, 2014

Editor, The Beacon:

We took our 6-year-old granddaughter from southern California to the new City Park playground on Third Avenue South last week [“New playground opens just in time for summer,” The Beacon, page 3, July 10].

Our first impression, “Look at the work done here!” It features a large, flat area with deep, soft wood chips, surrounded by a good-looking striated low cement fence, which doubled as a bulkhead against the carved-out easterly side hill leading to the ball field on Third Avenue.

We've taken her to many playgrounds in southern California and King, Snohomish and Kitsap counties––this one is by far the best.

Let me reminisce. I started coming to this park at about the same age as our granddaughter.

It featured a huge climbing rock, two swings with no safety straps, and a hand-spun merry-go-round.

We took our three children there frequently in the 70s and 80s.

It is a night vs. day evolution; no more can your kids try to make their friend or sibling fly off the merry-go-round into the hard dirt, no swings to be seen, with sky's the limit danger, nor strapped-in toddler swings, which are also a concern. Trust us.

You'll find two-staged plastic and metal play-on configurations; one for 2 to 6 year olds, another for 6 to 12 year olds, think we got that right.

There is no boring play station. However, if so, move on to another one of the dozens.

Way to go Edmonds, enjoy!

Oh, there is still the one constant; the huge climbing rock remains.

 

Lee and Pam McAllister

Hansville, Wash.

 

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