Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Playground Reviews: Morrisville Community Park, Leesville Community Park

Since Wake County's playgrounds are generally better than Durham County's playgrounds, let's go check out two more in Wake County, shall we?

(Note: The scoring system is designed so that 50% is an average score. "Perfect" scores are rarely given.)

Morrisville Community Park - Morrisville Parkway, Morrisville, NC
Visited: Sunday, June 29, 2014
| Google Street View

Things for Marla to do: 9/14. As playgrounds go, this one has an above average amount of "stuff": standard swings and slides (multiple), and also a sand play area, which is always good for an additional point. (By the way, that is not Marla pictured below - that's someone else's kid.)

Uniqueness: 5/10. I figured it was only a matter of time before I started noticing the same exact design features at completely different playgrounds. Here's a dinosaur-themed set of stairs at Morrisville Community Park:

Meanwhile, this is from Anderson Park in Maumee, Ohio. It's the same exact dinosaur!

Well, I gave Anderson Park a 5/10 for uniqueness, and I suppose I shouldn't penalize Morrisville Community Park just because I happened to visit Anderson Park first. Besides, it's not like every park has a dinosaur.

Upkeep: 6/10. The playground equipment is in good shape, but the trash cans were overflowing and needed to be emptied - badly. (Also: I don't consider the condition of the bathrooms for my ratings, but the bathrooms are in pretty bad shape, more befitting of a gas station than a public park in a nice part of town.)

Crowd: 6/10. A rating of 6 basically means "some other kids, but not too many".

Marla enjoyment: 2/5. It's not that Marla didn't have fun, it's just that she didn't seem as "into it" as she sometimes is. I had been giving a lot of 3/5 scores here, so I thought it was time for a change.

TOTAL: 28/49, ranking 10th out of 34. That's one point higher than the other park with the dinosaur stairs.


Leesville Community Park - Country Trail, Raleigh, NC
Visited: Sunday, July 6, 2014
| Google Satellite

Things for Marla to do: 2/14. I didn't properly research this playground beforehand. This playground is small to begin with, but it's also more for older children. No swings, no slides, almost nothing that Marla could climb on herself (all of the climbing stuff was too big for her):

Instead, Marla played with her "car" (a.k.a. the smaller kid play set) most of the time.

Uniqueness: 4/10. Certainly unique, but not really in a good way for someone of Marla's age.

Upkeep: 8/10. The park seems pretty new, but I don't think it's brand new, which means it's kept up well. A couple of small pieces of trash kept the rating from being a 9.

Crowd: 8/10. It was a hot day, sure, but I'm guessing this playground doesn't get a whole lot of use, because there are bigger and better ones elsewhere.

Marla enjoyment: 3/5. Marla can do a lot more with less than she used to be able to. I have to give her credit for that. Imagination is key.

TOTAL: 25/49, ranking 24th out of 34. If there's one flaw in my rating system, it's that a small, non-age-appropriate playground can record a better score than perhaps it deserves, just as long as it's clean and not crowded.

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