March 4th, 2013
by Dawn Pedersen
My friend Crystal has two young children. She noticed recently that while the Kids Busy Book directory has many parks listed for central Sacramento, there was hardly anything between where she lives, in Antelope, and Folsom. She invited Theo and I to come explore the public park offerings in the eastern area of Sacramento County. I quickly added all the parks in Antelope (in case you are wondeirng, there are hundreds of parks throughout this region, and each on takes me 10-15 minutes to list.) I saw the park district’s photos of Antelope Community Park and knew Theo (age 2½) would love it. You will see below that my hunch was correct.
I met Crystal and her daughter Lilith (age 3½) at Antelope Community Park last week on a gorgeous Tuesday afternoon. The park not only has a large and challenging playground and impressive Little League baseball fields, it has a fun-looking aquatic center with a colorful play structure in it. I look forward to checking that feature out when summer comes.
My photos are below; click on any one for a full-size slideshow.
Heading into the playground. We can already tell these are not your typical play structures. This is almost like an obstacle course.
Crystal admires Lilith’s attempt to traverse giant tennis racquet shapes. Lilith is brave, but alas the gap across exceeds the reach of her long legs.
Teens camp and chat inside a giant, webbed polyhedron. It stands about 15 feet high.
Theo does a quick run on the pommel crossing.
This park is a rare one with a see-saw. This see-saw is special, too: it fits four people, two seats per side.
Now that the teens have moved over to the picnic gazebo, Theo attempts a climb into the poluhedron. I know my boy is skillful at climbing, but he surprises even me by managing to reach across big spaces with his feet.
Theo reaches the little horizontal seat in the center.
His comfort level reached, he descends and does a little hanging around.
Lilith and Theo clamber up a vertical grid.
Just outside the playground area is a wooden structure of mystery. There is no door, just four walls with gaps at the corners, and a roof on top.
Time for a chase. There are a lot of large oaks here and plenty of running space. One of the things I love about this park is its wide expanses of sloping lawns. Parts of the lawn are more like fields, with unmown thatches. This is more like a naturescape that the typical city park.
Lilith enjoys the zip line/track ride with her Mommy.
A full few of the see-saw, with Crystal, Lilith, and Theo. I hopped off to take this photo.
This rock wall simulation is one of many methods for climbing up into the big play structure. Beyond him is the big Little League diamond.
Theo crawls through a big hole in a rock. This is part of a large structure supporting parallel horizontal ropes.
This is a unique triple slide.
Many parents forbid their children from climbing slides. But Theo knows my rule is it’s okay if no-one’s waiting to come down. It’s a physical challenge Theo loves.
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