Feature: UNCOVERING THE BEST FREE PLAYGROUNDS
John Storvik Municipal Playground, Anacortes WA, USA
This is the First post in a series about the best playgrounds we have found around the Globe. If you are looking for some playground inspiration then look no farther than my Pinterest board… where bloggers can post their favourite playgrounds!
Today we feature, John Storvik Municipal Playground in Anacortes WA.
Anacortes is a quaint town on the I20 (about 20 minutes off the I5 in Western Washington). It has cute character and offers beautiful ocean views from many vantage points, on the steep hills around the town. Anacortes is a port city, and its largest industry is oil refining. Its economy is also based on shipbuilding and tourism. Anacortes is situated in what is known as the Olympic Mountain Rain Shadow, and it only gets about half as much rain as Seattle which is less than 50 miles to the south.
John Storvik Municipal Playground:
This is the most amazing wooden playground that we have come across. It is not only great for all ages, but is creatively painted to bring out even more imaginative play. It has a ferry structure, a pirate ship, two large slides and lots of climbing apparatuses. It has a separate swing set area and a separate area for little kids, the “tot lot” which I think works for walking up to about age 2. By age 2, they are able to play on some of the big stuff. But when it is busy with older kids I can see that it could be intimidating and I really like how there is a separate play option. We were here mid-week in the winter and had the whole thing to ourselves. It was great for my little guys and my nephew who are all under 4 years old.
A few other things that make this playground unique (on top of the amazing play structure) are the big red swings. They are perfect for an adult size butt and super comfy! But the kids can enjoy them too! I also love how there are so many different climbing options. Its not very often that you find a climbing rope at a playground anymore.
The playground is decorated with plaques from the various sponsors that donated money for this playground. It is a great place for all kids, big and small and we always make sure to stop here for an hour or so each time we are in Anacortes!
John Storvik Municipal Playground is located at Storvik Park 1110 32nd Street
Do you have a favorite playground in your city or one you have found in your travels? Feel free to let us know in the comments!
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Lindsay is the founder and editor of Carpe Diem OUR Way. She is passionate about sharing her experiences of traveling with children on adventurous family holidays around the world! She resides in the suburbs of Vancouver when not jet setting abroad.