Thursday, June 28, 2012

Local Playgrounds for the Littles

Written by Ellie Beasley

Perry Park in Needham
Looking to visit a new or different playground this summer? Ever wonder where the parks are located in Needham and nearby towns, and whether they are the right fit for your child? Check out the list below with some of favorites. Also, please leave a comment with any recommendations that you'd like to share! 

Needham

Perry Park
Two separate climbing/sliding structures for little and bigger kids, sandbox with lots of trucks, swings, playhouse, picnic tables; adjacent to a basketball court where kids can ride bikes, scooters, push cars; next to a playing field with lots of grass for running around

DeFazio Tot Lot
Playground suited for the younger child, two sandboxes with lots of trucks, climbing structures, slides, play bus, seesaw, swings, playhouse; near tons of fields (baseball, track, lacrosse, etc) so there are lots of fun sporting events to watch; picnic area with several picnic tables

Mills Field/Gould St
Small space-themed playground for the younger child; web-like climbing structure, climbing structure with slide, sandbox, play rocket ship with control panels, seesaw, talk tubes; near basketball court, baseball diamond, tennis courts; picnic tables

Claxton
Across the street from the Needham dump, small playground with a big sandbox with lots of trucks, swings; next to playing fields and picnic area
 
Wellesley
 
Perrin Park
Shaded playground especially for younger kids; climbing/sliding structure, sandbox, seesaw, web-like climbing structure, swings; next to a soccer field with a walking path around it
 
Warren Park
Huge playground for all ages with separate large climbing structures for both little and bigger kids, sandbox, swings, seesaw, slides, picnic area, basketball court, huge grassy hill that is fun for kids to run up and down
 
Hunnewell Field Playground
Next to tennis courts on Rte 16, small climbing structure for little kids, sandbox, baby swings, relatively small playground but a close walk from Whole Foods if you park there and need your toddler to get some energy out before a grocery shop

Newton
 
Newton Center Playground
Large playground with separate climbing/sliding structures for little and bigger kids, near tennis courts, lots of open grass for running around)
 
Dover
Caryl Park Tot Lot
Relatively shaded playground with separate climbing/sliding structures for little and bigger kids, several cozy coupes for kids to ride/push, swings, playhouse, play school bus; near walking/hiking trails through the woods, basketball courts, tennis courts, and playing fields
 
Ellie Beasley lives Needham with her husband, Andrew, and her son, Grant. She has a baby girl on the way in August. After working in non-profit fundraising in NYC and Virginia, she is now staying home full-time with her children. Ellie enjoys running, golf, tennis, needlepoint, cooking, and volunteering.

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