Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Playground Review: Sears Farm Road Park

Sorry to dump another playground review on you, but I don't have a whole lot else to blog about this week.

Sears Farm Road Park - Sears Farm Road (duh), Cary, NC
Visited: Sunday, July 14, 2013 | Google Street View

Summary: Cities and towns like Cary have a lot of new parks and playgrounds. This is just one of many that are similar, but due to its location within a residential area (as opposed to on a major street), this one is less well known, and less crowded.

Things for Marla to do: 8/15. A 2-5 year old section, a 5-12 year old section, swings (more on those later), and a couple of other little things, like a sand play area. Pretty standard. (Marla isn't particularly interested in those sand play areas, by the way...unless there is water involved.)

So, let's talk about the swings. First, there were the standard toddler swings, of course.

Lots of playgrounds have swings like this, but of all the ones we've used, these were the best. Relatively high amplitide, low friction, high stability (less prone to wobbling from side to side), a sturdy seat, you name it. The best! And Marla enjoyed them a lot, too.

AND, there were also these swings, which Marla insisted on trying as well.

I'm actually not sure what these swings are about. Are these for adults? Handicapped children? Children with overly paranoid parents? I don't know. I've only ever seen this type of swing at one other playground (Pullen Park). While the seats are more comfortable, they don't have much amplitude to speak of, so it's a pretty boring ride. So, I'm not sure who these swings are for, exactly. (Note that they did have traditional swings for older kids, too, so it's not like these are replacing the traditional ones. I hope.)

Uniqueness: 4/10. Playgrounds like this usually have a couple of distinct features, such that they don't look exactly like the next playground a mile away. Those distinct features are usually enough for me to give a score of 4 for uniqueness.

Upkeep: 8/10. I've learned that if you look hard enough at a playground, you'll at least find some trash. Perhaps I need to lower my standards a little on that front. But the outstanding condition of the swings was definitely worth a couple of extra points here.

Crowd: 8/10. This park is buried in a residential area away from major roads, and it doesn't seem to get a whole lot of use compared to other playgrounds. So, I think it qualifies as a "hidden gem".

Marla enjoyment: 4/5. She loved those swings! Couldn't get enough of them.

TOTAL: 32/50, ranking 2nd out of 6. A solid score. I actually didn't think Pullen Park would stay at #1 this long, but if we're only talking about the swings, then Sears Farm Road Park is the undisputed leader. So far.


Adam said...

My understanding is that those swings are ADA compliant.

Anonymous said...

Would you like to supersize your swings with that playground?
What could go wrong with more swing for the same cost as the small ones next to them?