So we had a not-to-kid-friendly apartment, 4 kids 3 months to 11 years old and great weather - it was like summer!
The mission dolores park was our "park next door", and so we found the playground pretty fast - and fell in love with it...
It was kind of out-dated, lovely, old, not to boring kid safe, and it had the best view ever over the city.
At daytime, the Mission Dolores Park is totally relaxed, with lots of people laying around, making music...
When we saw months later that they tore the playground down, my kids nearly started to cry: That was OUR playground!
So we waited impatiently for the re-opening...
It is now called Helen Dillier Playground, and it was designed by professionals and kids together. It is a one of a kind play ground, totally unusual, but see for yourself:
The entrance (no gates here!)
Standing at the smaller kids section, you see the middle of the playground: a big vulcano like mountain, on the one side is a big and wide slide
on the other side a bridge to a build in the ground slide downhill (narrow and fast).
There are several possibilities to go up hill, the stairs, or just climb up the wall
The smaller kids section contains a sand area
Some riding animals
some things to make music with
And two (!) baby swings (seriously? Such a big playground and TWO baby swings?)
This is the build in the ground slide:
(If you plan to go sliding with your kid, be sure not to get stuck - it happens to the best of us *sigh* - I am a size 8)
The great view is still the same:
(be sure that your toddler doesn't go sliding while you take pictures....)
This was a wednesday afternoon - pretty busy!
Then go back to the vulcano-like moutain on the other side, there are large climbing webs
and the swings for bigger kids
I really love that there is as swing for handicapped children too!
Between the vulcano and the smaller kids area are some multi-purpose play structures
Of wood an concrete
I love these little details on the ground
You can see, this is everything but your ordinary seen one, seen all oft them playground around the corner. This is a one of a kind experience you - and your kids! Should not miss.
It is a great playground for older kids, I would say for kids between 6 - 12 years old, for younger ones (older than toddlers, but pre-school) it is perhaps a little bit scary (pretty high structures) and overwhelming.
For parents, it is not easy to relax on this playground, you will have trouble to keep your children visible, and if you half children of different age groups - good luck :-)
What I miss is the cozy, relaxed feeling of the old playground, this one is just a little bit of hyper - it is great for a one time visit, but can you imagine this being your back-door playground? I hardly can....
By the way, if you are around,
don't miss this:
Grab a cone of ice cream at Bi-Rite (but prepare to stand in line if the weather is good) or grab some delis at Bi Rite market and had over to Tartine to see what the hype is all about (prepare to stand in line at any time of the day).