The Princeton side is a great toddler park for children under four. There are only two toddler swings and four big kid swings, but there are plenty of toddler swings on the train/East Blvd side and toddlers can use big kid swings in non-traditional ways like swinging themselves on their bellies. The toddler equipment is OK – they won’t fall to their death through any gaping holes. Why anyone would design or purchase a toddler play set without full enclosure on all sides is beyond me. But you’ll find the big holes at every play yard. You just have to do your best and pick the safest one and cross your fingers. They have a great picnic area and the entire toddler park is fenced in – very key in my opinion.
Park Road Park:
STAY AWAY! Slim shady. So unfortunate because the equipment is fabulous. But since I’ve lived in Charlotte, there have been some pretty scary situations in broad daylight. We will never step foot in that park ever again.
Harris Y Park:
Great facility and you do not have to be a Y member to use the playground (photo above was taken here). Fenced in but currently, the gates are broken. So annoying. We do well here with the twins because it is not usually crowded during the day and they can just run wild in the fields. Although, last week, I had to do the fireman’s carry with both twins because all they wanted to do was run through the parking lot. I mean, come on – they have three football fields and two playgrounds to do whatever they want with and they choose to get run over by multiple vehicles. Maybe my kids just shouldn’t go to parks? But another bonus is the Fresh Market Deli in the Harris Y. The chicken salad is to die for and they have a great deli menu with Boars Head meat – very rare in Charlotte.
Perfect in the summertime due to the spray-ground fully equipped with a rod iron fence to trap your crazy munchkins in. Mine like to hang on the door even though they would have the time of their lives if they just ran through the water and forgot about the fact that they were trapped in. Great equipment although they have a super tall slide that seems quite dangerous to me. I just pretend that I don’t see my kids going down it and hope for the best. Great place to grill out and have birthday parties under the pavilion.
My favorite parks in the afternoons past 2pm and on weekends (with the exception of Sunday mornings) are church/weekday school parks. We go to Sharon Presbyterian and Sharon Baptist – both of which have great equipment for all ages, monkey bars (an absolute must for my 4-and 6-year-olds, a clean bathroom, and fenced in safe equipment for the little guys. Oh and nice shade.
Oh and on rainy days, we go to Chick-fil-A, which we Charlotteans and stay-at-home moms DON’T consider fast food!