Saturday, July 24, 2010

Redmond, WA Park Reviews : Juel Community Park

We headed out to check out the park on one of our recent hot days!

Not much there... There is a Frisbee golf course and there were several groups playing games there even though it was a weekday afternoon. I considered playing a round with my little guys but there was so much high grass around that I wasn't sure we would have much luck. At first I thought the course was not very well maintained but there was a mowed area from each tee to the "hole." So now I am thinking the grass is a "hazard," which might be great for adults but looked like it would be super tricky for little guys or beginners.

The highlight for us was the community garden. We took a walk around it (looking only, no touching) and enjoyed identifying all the neat vegetables people were growing there at various levels of success.

By the way, there is a porta-potty right by the parking lot. Here's the link to the park website.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Bellevue, WA Park Reviews : Downtown Park

This park is huge! Huge grassy areas and a nice walking path, with a pretty pool with ducks.

At the south end there is a nice play structure with a variety of levels of activities. It is very sunny there! There is a nice bathroom building right by the play area including a family restroom.

There are several parking lots. The one on the west side of the park I would use if I were walking around. On the southwest corner, by the play structure, there is another one. If that one is full, like it was when I was there yesterday, there is another one, slightly further east that would be a shorter walk than the other.

This is a very popular park!

Friday, July 02, 2010

Redmond, WA Park Reviews : Westside Park and Spiritbrook Park

These are two small neighborhood parks that I really like. There is talk of "upgrading" them in the near future but I hope they don't change them too much.

Here are some things I like about these parks -
  • never crowded
  • huge grassy area for ball sports or any sort of running around
  • street parking right beside the park
  • swings and simple climbing structure with slides plus basketball goals
  • Spiritbrook has monkey bars
  • Westside Park has a wooded trail you can take to Marymoor Park

Of course, both are small parks without bathrooms.

Spiritbrook has no real shade where Westside can be shady at times.