Shanahan Ridge Park, Boulder, CO

The weather was marvelous today. I spent the morning working on money but after lunch Calvin and I went thrift store shopping and then stopped by Boulder’s southernmost park, Shanahan Ridge Park. The Shanahan Park Page, on Boulder’s site, said the park was “small” but I didn’t understand how small till we got there. The picture below shows you most of the park.

01Shanahan

Parking turned out to be quite tricky. In addition, Google maps took me a couple blocks past the park and into an apartment complex. I followed Google’s directions hoping it knew about a parking lot I didn’t but, alas, it was just confused. I backtracked and decided the road next to the park was too narrow to park on the street. Eventually, I parked on Smuggler Way which had a path to the park.

As I stated above, the park is really small. However, it did have a very unusual feature: a human sundial1.

Human Sun Dial: Stand along the centerline opposite the current day of the year with your arm raised above your head.  Your shadow will point to the current time. *Tempis Fugit*

Human Sun Dial: Stand along the centerline opposite the current day of the year with your arm raised above your head. Your shadow will point to the current time. *Tempis Fugit*

Hours are arced around the the sundial:

03SundialTimes

I had Calvin try it out but I think a taller person would have worked better. It seemed roughly accurate, within an hour or so2.

04CalvinSunDial

The sundial amused me a lot more than Calvin. However, even though the park is really small Calvin had a blast running up and down the slide area. When I looked at the city’s picture of the park, I thought the slide had asphalt on either side but it turned out to be poured rubber.

05Slides

They also had a random hole that kids could run through.

06Hole

Lastly, the park did have two regular swings and one bucket swing. Even though the park is small, it was completely overrun with kids so Calvin had to make do with the bucket swing.

07swing

It was a really interesting park to visit. The parking’s horrible but it was a fun visit.

Summary:

Features Straight slide, bumpy slide, climbing rocks, hole, sun dial, swings, bucket swing, stairs to nowhere
Surface Material Poured Rubber
Restrooms No
Water fountain No
Shade No
Picnic area No
Parking Horrible parking options. Try parking on Smuggler Way and then walking.
Pros
  • Seems very popular with kids.
  • Human sundial!
Cons
  • No restrooms
  • Bad parking options
  • Really small


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  1. As an aside, does anyone know Latin? Google is giving me the definite impression that “Tempis Fugit” should really be “Tempus Fugit.”
  2. I didn’t see any notation of when it assumes daylight savings time starts

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