A few months ago, we set a goal to visit all 9 of the elementary school playgrounds in the Duluth Public School District.
Free, spontaneous play at playgrounds provides opportunities for kids to build their physical confidence, refine their social skills, and have fun outdoors.
Although all of the nine playgrounds had similar equipment like swings and slides, from Daley’s and Finley’s perspectives, no two playgrounds were the same.
Here’s our report:
Congdon Park – 3116 East Superior Street – Hands down Daley’s favorite playground because of the log roller and standing swing.
Homecroft – 4784 Howard Gnesen Road – Hands down Finley’s favorite playground because of the extensive rock climbing wall. She seemed to be training for a future Everest expedition.
Lakewood – 5207 North Tischer Road – Hands down Mom’s favorite because of the nature trail that winds through the woods behind the playground. Great for nature exploration.
Laura MacArthur – 720 North Central Avenue – Daley loved the saddle spinner, otherwise known as the sitting whirly-twirly thing.
Lester Park – 5300 Glenwood Street – The tire swing (and the older girls who patiently rode it with her) was the highlight for Finley.
Lowell – 2000 Rice Lake Road – Daley was excited that he finally got to use the straight track ride here as it had platforms so he could reach the handle and zip to the other side.
Myers-Wilkins – 1027 N. 8th Avenue East – The kids both liked the spiral tube slide, reporting that it was faster than others.
Piedmont – 2827 Chambersburg Avenue – Daley spent 30 minutes whirling on the stand up spinner.
Stowe – 715 101st Avenue West – The skateboard park across the street from the school was a major draw. The kids ran up and down, up and down, up and down (see picture above).
Bonus! An added bonus of these excursions was exploring the different areas of Duluth and venturing to parts of town we had never been to before.
Which playgrounds do your kids enjoy? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!