Patch Picks: Top Five Playgrounds in the City
Patch picks the top five playgrounds for you and your children to enjoy.
Ever get tired of the same playground with the same old tired things to do and “jungle gyms and see-saws” in your neighborhood? The following is only a partial list of what Woonsocket has to offer.
- Globe Park Elementary School Playground, is located at 192 Avenue A. This is the newest playground in the city, which reopened on June 18 after major renovations. This playground may be small but has packed in lots to do in a small space. “The purpose was to build an inclusive playground where children of all abilities can play and learn together in a fun and welcoming environment,” explained former Superintendent of the Woonsocket Education Department, Dr. Robert Gerardi. Everything was built in mind for those with physical disabilities, sensory issues, visual impairments, deafness, or cognitive delays, too. It includes a good-size jungle gym, swings, a see-saw and more. Every kid is sure to have a great time here. Kudos to the design team.
- Savannah Smith Memorial Playground, is located in Globe Park, on Coe Street opposite Bradford Street This playground has swings for the young and very young. The jungle gym is huge with loads of areas to climb to keep the kids occupied for hours.
- Cold Spring Park Playground, located on Katherine Road is a playground for all ages. There are areas for both the little ones and the bigger kids with swing sets, tire swings, and jungle gyms just their size. The large jungle gym is quite a maze with three different slides and towers to climb to challenge every child. Pirates and princesses alike will have a ball.
- Bernon Memorial Park Playground, located at the opposite side of the park entrance at the end of Cottage Street. This too, is a playground for all ages. Very much like Cold Spring Park, only smaller, this park has swings for both the little ones and the bigger kids. The jungle gym is similar to Cold Spring Park but does not have quite as many levels of climbing and has only two slides. Trust me when I tell you the kids will love it.
- Stan the Bulldog Eason Playground, is located at the intersection of Hope St. and Center St. This is a small quaint fenced-in playground with one medium-size jungle gym but big enough to impress the little kids.
- As an added bonus, Pothier Elementary School Playground is located at the intersection of Robinson Street and Winthrop Street and was built with the little ones in mind (grades K-2.) This playground has lots of climbing for the little fairies and dinosaurs to share.
FYI: There are two groups that I am aware of trying to raise funds to build playgrounds; the Committee to Build a Playground for Harris Elementary School (401-767-4855) and the Committee to Build a Playground for Bernon Heights Elementary School (401-767-4864.) Because it is summer, you might have to try the administration building (401-767-4600) for further information to help donate your time or money to these wonderful groups. One more important note: remember to maintain the condition of the playground you choose. Have your children learn the importance of picking up any litter or trash and keeping the playground safe for all. Broken bottles, aluminum tops, any sharp rocks, etc. can prove to be a danger and can turn a fun day into an emergency room trip.