If you love parks but have a little kid that loves to eat mulch, dirt and rocks (and everything)… you might be looking for a playground without mulch, dirt and rocks.
Someone asked me about parks like this… and here is a short list of playgrounds with rubber mats or turf. (And for those with bigger kids… these parks also have less mud and fewer ants.)
If you have more to recommend… tell us!
When Southside’s first fire truck was retired in 1970, it was kept in this park, making it the Fire Truck Park. This truck and the other playground equipment came into disrepair after many years of use, so in 2012, a completely renovated Fire Truck Park was opened. For kids under 5 years old, there is a new fire truck play structure. All around the new fire truck is unique equipment, for big kids, that you do not you see at every Houston park.
Wier Park is in West University on Nottingham at Sunset. Here you will find play structures for big kids and little kids, picnic tables, tennis courts (reservation required) and a basketball court. This park is really quite great.
Unusual equipment, accessible for all ages and abilities, challenging for big kids and easy for little ones… music stations, no-mud, part shade, free parking and full restroom… It’s The Playground Without Limits at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center. This one is not fenced in… so it’s not good for runners… but it’s good for little kids with lots of ramps and railings that go all the way to the floors. You just have to follow them so you can see them.
4. Main Street Indoor Park: Indoor Turf!
The Main Street Indoor Park is part of the First Methodist Downtown Campus and is open to the public, Tuesday through Thursday mornings. It’s a small indoor playground and is designed for kids 5 and under.
5. Levy Park: Rubber Mat and Turf!
This renovated park has a fenced in playground with a bouncy rubber mat and turf! There is some mulch around the tree… but plenty of other space for little mulch eaters to play!
6. League Park: Rubber Mat (Mostly)!
The playground is large and has a lot of different features: slides, a rock wall, tunnels, monkey bars and an “obstacle course” just to name a few! There is also a smaller playground structure for the little kids that has a fire truck theme.
“Train Park” is the state’s largest innovative playground for multiple-impaired and profoundly deaf children. The playground is designed to feature Katy’s name sake the MKT Rail line and includes ramps and swings for kids of all abilities.
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