Our park tour has been on hold while we have been building our ark. Ok, not really but it has been raining for like 2 weeks straight!  We couldn't catch a break with the weather until today.  We decided, last minute to head over to South Park. For those not familiar, South Park is a county park and has a TON of things to do. During the summer, we like to pack a lunch and lots of water and spend a few hours just hanging out.   Today, we grabbed our roller blades, helmets and water and went to play. 

South Parks main drag is about 3 miles long.  The park across the street from the fairgrounds is the one that we used to go to when we were little. (It has since drastically changed and will be on our tour at some point in time.) About a quarter of a mile away (on the other side of the stables) is the Black and Yellow park.  If you continue down the walking/running/biking sidewalk, you will run into several little play areas with slides and swings and the kids loved the facts that they could play at 4 parks in an hour! 

Our game plan was to roller blade from the parking lot to the black and gold park and back to the car but it turned out to be a disaster.  My 5 year old, who has been roller blading in and around the house for the last week decided that she didn't know how to do this anymore. (I am amazed at how fast she can learn and then forget) We made it about a tenth of a mile and headed back to the car and grabbed a Shaved Ice (That's a plus! The Shaved Ice stand is walking distance to both big parks and a small is only $2.00. They only accept cash so keep that in mind)

This time, I walked around the perimeter just to make sure that the park was escape proof.  That was probably the best part of the park.  Even the entrance had a gate. This was the extent of the safety precautions. The park was filled with plastic slides and metal bridges and they seemed to be in good condition. Now I'm not sure if it was the weather breaking or the color of the slides (they were only on the yellow equipment), but those little weevils were EVERYWHERE! Every slide had those little bugs all over them.  They are so similar to ticks that my kids were freakin out. (I have trained them to spot ticks and stay way)

There was padded flooring under the equipment but it wasn't 'wall to wall'.  There was an uneven section all around the play area that, when running around like a crazy person, you could slip off of and hurt your ankle.  There was also one little grassy area that was very unkempt, which surprised me.  I was thankful for the benches too. Only on bench was in the shade and it was right by the Port-a Potties. Please don't think I am crazy or picky, I really only started looking at parks more in depth during our tour.  I figure I will share the good, the bad and the ugly and you can decide on your own. 

The kids said that they would have had no problems spending the day if it wasn't for the bugs.  It was fun to just run around and climb on things but I think I should have held out on the first park.  I'm not sure if we will ever find a park this summer that will live up to Boyce Mayview Park. Like I said before, South Park isn't about just the park, there is so much more. I personally like the atmosphere. It's busy (not crowded) and everyone seems happy.  They are biking, walking dogs, roller blading, jogging, heck, we even saw someone longboarding. Sometimes you can even catch a cricket game. It's just a cool place to be.  

Awesome stuff in South Park (But you may have to drive to get there)

  1. BMX Track
  2. Skate Park
  3. Wave Pool
  4. Oliver MIller Homestead
  5. Dog Park
  6. Creek that runs parallel to the main walking trail that you can splash around in. 
  7. Fitness Trail
  8. Shelters
  9. Tennis Courts
  10. South Park Theater
  11. Live Concerts
  12. Game Preserves
  13. Ice Rink
  14. Deck/Roller Hockey Rink

So the final consensus.

  1. Clean:  9/10
  2. Safety: 7/10
  3. Fun: 5/10
  4. Unique: 4/10
  5. Kids' rating: B: 5/10 A: 5/10