This week’s Playground of the Week is located in Pinellas Park – Helen Howarth Park (6301 94th Ave N, 33782). I tried locating the playground when we first moved here a couple of years ago, but never found it since I ended up driving around the recreation center and Henry fell asleep. We tried again this week, and I’m happy we did.
The playground has so many things to climb – Henry climbed up, down, sideways, diagonally – he couldn’t stop. There was a smaller structure with a tiny slide for the 2 to 5 year olds, and a larger structure sans slide. Henry fully explored both. Another section had four swings, two baby and two regular, all in the shade when we were there.
I liked how half the complex was shaded as well as the rubberized ground cover. The playground was in view of several picnic shelters, the baseball complex, and a bathroom, so it would be convenient for parties and for parents with multiple kids who go to baseball games (and need to get the energy out of their other kids afterwards).
My main issue with the park is that the bathroom was locked, and Henry had to go. Luckily, he’s a boy, but they really should have been accessible in the middle of the day since it’s a public place. I plan to go back, and hope you all will, too.
This week’s playground of the week was a pleasant surprise. Pinebrook Park, located at 7202 118th Avenue North in Pinellas Park, looked nearly unrecognizable from the photos posted on the City of Pinellas Park’s website, and this was definitely a good thing.
The playground equipment looked entirely new, with some sunsails providing portions of shade. Bright colors of climbing apparatuses stood out; Henry found some of them challenging but kept trying anyways. The ground was made of rubberized mulch affixed to the earth, so parents who have babies/toddlers shouldn’t be afraid of them eating the surface material. It was a totally fun place to be.
There were a couple of drawbacks, however. The swings were not in the shade, and have regular mulch underneath, but the mulch looked fresh and the swings were brand new. There were no bathrooms (the horror of being pregnant without a bathroom in sight is real, everyone!), so make sure to go before you play.
Other exciting recreation opportunities include basketball, racquetball, and tennis courts, a baseball field, and two covered picnic areas with grills. I recommend this park for fun, and will make sure to go back when I don’t need the bathroom every 20 minutes.
So I’m really behind on posts; traveling with a toddler (and the recovery time that goes along with that) will do that to you. A couple of weeks ago, Henry and I visited Shoecraft Park in Pinellas Park (7900 54th Street N, 33781), and had a fantastic time! Located a few blocks from the library, it is tucked into a neighborhood at the end of a dead-end street and is fully shaded. There was no surrounding fence, but since the street wasn’t busy I don’t consider it an issue.
Fun diggers to climb, swings, two separate jungle gyms with slides, a big grassy area, covered picnic tables – the only thing this park was lacking was a bathroom, which isn’t a problem for Henry right now, but will be in the future (near future, hopefully). It felt like an oasis that no one knows about, because there was only one other child playing the entire time we were there. This park is definitely getting added to our rotation!