For the latest in our “Great Parks!” series, we feature our very first entry in Winfield! Contributor Rebecca Greco says this park might not be eye-catching at first, but it was a relaxing, fun place without a lot of dangerous drops for her little one. Read on for more details! – Tara
Name and address/location of the park and what park system it belongs to:
Is the parking nearby?
Yes, there is a close parking lot.
Can you describe the playground? Anything special it offers?
The East Street Park doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, it’s a pretty standard park, but I still thought it had a lot to offer! The park wasn’t terribly busy and there was a lot of nice shade. The picnic tables and bathrooms make this a great location to have a relaxing park trip. Plus, it’s only about five minutes away from either Cosley Zoo or Kline Creek Farm, so it’s a perfect park for a long day out.
What type of playground surface? Cushion, mulch, sand, etc?
Is there a separate playground for toddlers?
Yes, the park is separated into two distinct sections and I felt like the toddler section was really the perfect size. Although, my 2 year old was much more interested in playing on the “big kid side.”
Is there a paved trail or path good for walking or riding bikes and scooters?
There are sidewalks and paths around that you could walk or ride on.
What was your child’s favorite part of the park? Least favorite?
My daughters both loved the “bumpy slide.” We’ve encountered a few of these slides at other playgrounds, they are made up of a series of rollers so when you go down them, it’s bumpy. They both spent an extremely long time on this slide. They also really loved the little misting tent, though in order to turn on the button you had to press pretty hard, so I ended up being the one who had to hold it down.
What was your favorite part? Least favorite?
I felt like this was a park I could sit back and relax more than some parks we’ve been to this summer. There isn’t anything extremely high or anything I felt was dangerous or worrisome. I met a friend here and we were actually able to stand back and talk and not have to constantly save children from potentially getting hurt. My only complaint is that the baby swings are in a completely different area than the big kid swings, so I couldn’t push both my girls at the same time.
Does it seem like a park that might be especially crowded at certain times of day?
We were there in the morning and it wasn’t busy at all. There was a day camp taking place on the baseball field, but even with that it wasn’t too busy.
Are there public bathrooms? Is it indoor plumbing or a port-a-potty? Is there a changing table if it is inside a building?
There is an indoor bathroom but it does not have changing tables.
Is there shade over the playground? Is there shade for a picnic?
There is a nice amount of shade around the playground. It was a hot day but I was able to stay fairly cool in the shade. There is also a little tent with a button to turn on water.
Are there picnic tables?
Yes, there is a covered shelter with picnic tables.
What ages to you feel this park is best for?
I think this is a good park for a family with kids a variety of ages. There were some older kids playing on the basketball courts and younger kids playing at the playground. The toddler area is a really nicely sized and I like that it is completely separate from the other area.
Can you describe your family’s experience a bit?
We met some friends at East Street Park in the morning and spent about an hour there. There was a baseball camp going on, but even with that happening, it wasn’t too busy. My girls really liked this park and both played quite a bit without needing too much assistance. The fancier parks are really neat, but some of the crazy climbing structures are more difficult for my girls to tackle on their own. So there’s something to be said about a nice park with a bathroom and shade that my girls felt comfortable playing at.
We will definitely be stopping by East Street Park to play next time we are near Cosley Zoo or whenever we finally make it to check out Kline Creek Farm!