Sorry, Georgetown families. I'm going to let your secret out. The newly renovated neighborhood playground at Georgetown Playfield is way too cool to keep under wraps. The airplane-themed play structure has truly unique features that kids will love, plus exercise equipment for grown-ups — and there's a super special bonus for kids who love transportation. Definitely put this artsy, historic Seattle neighborhood on your route.
1. The unusual, two-story, globe-shaped merry-go-round spins and doubles as a climber with cargo netting all around. Hop inside or climb up the outside.
2. A totally fun hydraulic descending platform thingy is a little hard to describe but enthralling to kids. Children step onto a small, circular platform with a central pole (with hand-holds) and the platform slowly descends to the ground under their weight. Once the child steps off, the platform slowly rises back to its starting position.
3. A cargo net climber and other climbing elements encourage balance and age-appropriate risk-taking. There's as a small rock-climbing ramp for younger kids, a stretch of enormous, twisting rope, fabric platforms and a curving blue slide.
4. Flexible rubber "ramps" are irresistible to young climbers. One has hand-holds for littler kids. Scramble up these pathways to hop on and ride the hydraulic descender.
5. Colorful bells, a huge xylophone and other giant musical instruments invite sensory play.
6. Swings! The spacious swing set features two accessible swings, two regular swings and two baby swings.
7. Exercise equipment for grown-ups (and teens) means you can squeeze in a little workout while your kids go bananas on all the cool play structures. Try the elliptical trainer. There is also a tennis court and while it doesn't look like it was part of the renovation, it appears totally serviceable. A half-court basketball court invites shooting baskets, and a huge soccer field hosts official games for teams of all ages but is also open for public play at other times.
These highlights are just the beginning of the fun features at this park. Pathways are accessible and there are new benches adjacent to the play area. The spray park will hopefully be back up and running for summer 2018 (it was closed in summer 2017), and there is a small covered picnic area and other seating, plus a restroom.
Transportation bonus: Train tracks run right by the park and the Georgetown neighborhood's proximity to Boeing Field mean planes fly in low and loud. It's great fun for the young transportation buff.
If you go...
Where: Find Georgetown Playfield in the Georgetown neighborhood of south Seattle at 750 Homer St., Seattle
When: The park is open daily from 4:30 a.m.–11 p.m.
Getting there and parking: There is street parking along a couple sides of the park. Metro bus route 124 passes nearby the park.
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