East Palo Park, Boulder, CO, USA

A couple of years ago Calvin, Nana, and I had a little extra time and decided to stop at the East Palo Park. I don’t remember much about it except it had a couple of interesting features but no shade and no bathrooms. Since today was forecasted to be in the mid-seventies, it seemed like a good day to try out a park that wouldn’t be suitable for hotter summer days.

Upon arriving at the park, I was pleasantly surprised to see it had been newly updated1.

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After getting out of the car, Calvin immediately ran to the older section of the playground which included a curved climber and new-style teeter totter.
curvedclimber

teetertotter

The old digger sand area was also still there but was greatly improved with the addition of some shade.

shade

digger

The new playground structure is in the style of a tree house. It even has a little pretend raccoon sticking out from a hole.
raccoon

bridge

tunnel

treestumps

climbing

The playground has three different surfaces. The area with the swings and teeter totter has pea gravel, the digger area has sand, and the new equipment has the new-style poured rubber. I’m still dubious about rubber. I’ve seen too many playgrounds where it hasn’t worn well and doesn’t get replaced. However, Calvin liked the brightly colored patterns. He jumped in the blue circle and pretended he was playing in a pond.
puddle

As a bonus, the playground appears to be in the flight path for planes landing at the Boulder Municipal Airport.

Summary:

Features Slides, swings, bucket swings, climbing net, new-style teeter totter, diggers and sand, curved climber, horse spring rider, small climbing wall
Surface Material pea gravel by the swings, sand in the digger area, and rubber for the main playground equipment
Restrooms No restrooms 🙁
Water fountain None
Shade several man-made shade areas
Picnic area There is a picnic shelter that provides shade with two picnic tables as well as several open-air picnic tables.
Pros
  • New equipment that looks nice and is safe.
  • Diggers and sand!
  • Has a large grassy field nearby for sports or just running around.
  • Airplanes overhead!
Cons
  • No bathrooms of any kind. This would have been a major problem for Calvin a year or two ago.
  • Most of the playground equipment is rated for 5-12 year olds. Calvin had no problem with any of the equipment but, with the exception of the spring horse and bucket swings, there isn’t much for young toddlers.


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  1. Upon returning home, I found this pdf from just last year discussing the playground improvement project.

One thought on “East Palo Park, Boulder, CO, USA

  1. Suzan Logan

    Oh, my, the improvements to this park are quite impressive. I hardly recognize any of the park.

    Then grassy area beside the playground is where Willy would have rocket launches when we lived in Four Mile Creek. The absence of a restroom wasn’t a problem when we lived within walking distance but I am surprised they didn’t add one as part of this renovation.

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