2018 Park and Playground Roundup

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Wear out the kids in that fresh, outdoor air! Toledo and the surrounding areas have some great places to play. We hope our playground roundup gets you into the summer ‘swing’ of things. (Note: Some parks are handicap accessible.)

Side Cut Metropark

1025 W River Rd, Maumee
419-360-9187 | metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/side-cut/

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Grab your fishing gear and catch some walleye on the Maumee River at Side Cut, the first of Toledo’s metroparks. Side Cut is laden with expansive trails and a gleaming riverfront. Kids can run around at one of the two nature-esque play structures built for toddlers and school age children, or take advantage of Side Cut’s open fields and toss a football or a frisbee.

Pearson Park

761 Lallendorf Rd, Oregon
419-360-9178 | metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/pearson/

Photo courtesy: momonthegoinholytoledo.com

Photo courtesy: momonthegoinholytoledo.com

Oregon is definitely on the bay. Pearson Park, however, isn’t quite close enough, so they’ve added a lake! Paddleboat, feed the fish, play on the awesome playground, and take a hike through tamed swamp. Scout for the hidden, neon-green pond, and don’t forget the sledding hill once winter shows up.

Wildwood Metropark

5100 W Central Ave, Toledo
419-270-7500 | metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/wildwood/

Do we really need a photo? Chances are, you know what this place looks like. The most visited of Toledo’s metroparks, Wildwood boasts an expansive 493 acres of beautiful trails, surrounded by natural habitat. Don’t miss the diverse breeds of birds and breathtaking wildflowers this spring and summer. The newly renovated playground, suitable for toddler-age kids through grade-schoolers, is the perfect spot to gather for play dates and outdoor fun! Summer camps are offered for kids of all ages.

Become an Archery Master at Westwind’s 3D Course

Westwinds Metropark
9918 Geiser Rd, Holland
419-270-7500 | metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/westwinds/

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Photo courtesy: metroparkstoledo.com

Westwinds Metropark is home to the region’s first free, public, 3D archery course. Kids, sharpen your target practice at the elevated shooting range with targets from 20 to 75 yards, or on the 3D trail featuring more than 30 realistic animal targets and 13 shooting stations. Permits available for aviation enthusiasts to fly their drones and radio-controlled devices at the park’s RC Model AirStrip.

Imagination Kingdom

700 E Oak St, Wauseon
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Photo courtesy: momonthegoinholytoledo.com

This is a handicap-accessible, 100% plastic playground, and the first of its kind in Ohio. No splinters required to prove you were here! The playground’s erection was entirely supported by volunteers from the community, making, quite literally, a true community park. Have fun!

Flagship Collaborative Play Space

Lakeview Park Port Clinton
1000 E Perry St (SR 163), Port Clinton
419-734-5522

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Photo courtesy: portclintonnewsherald.com

This waterfront park features the Flagship Collaborative Play Space, an all-inclusive playground for kids of all ages and abilities. Lakeview Park is accessible—less than an hour’s drive from Toledo— and across the street from the Port Clinton City Beach. Picnic tables, grills, basketball courts and public restrooms are available from May-October.

Thorn Park

21311 Telegraph Rd, Brownstown Charter Twp, MI
www.brownstown-mi.org

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Photo courtesy: momonthegoinholytoledo.com

If you’re looking for a spot to splash around, this is it. Along with this super great playground, Thorn Park has a splash pad! Mom-friendly amenities include lockers and a changing space, too.

Oak Openings Nature Preserve

4139 Girdham Rd, Swanton
419-270-7500 | metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/oak-openings/

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Oak Openings is comprised of a majestic oak savanna ecosystem with vegetated dunes and wetlands. With more than 180 rare plant and animal species and over 50 miles of trails, kids of all ages will enjoy exploring nature and spotting bluebirds, indigo buntings, whippoorwills, songbirds, and more. Host your kiddo’s next birthday party at the one-of-a-kind Beuhner Center, an interactive nature center with an adjacent playground.

Something for Everyone at Ottawa Park

Ottawa Park Disc Golf Course
2201 Ottawa Pkwy, Toledo
419-245-2875 | ottawapark.org

Ottawa Park’s beautiful scenery and numerous attractions make it a great destination for the whole family. Serve it up on one of the park’s 16 tennis courts, play a round of golf, try summer inline hockey, or throw a few rounds of disc golf. Feeling adventurous? Test out the 6.4-mile mountain bike trail or walk along the park’s paved trails. There’s plenty of playground equipment for young kids and the free summer concerts held at the outdoor amphitheater make Ottawa Park a must-visit. Don’t forget to check out the Police Museum!

Fort Imagination at Woodlands Park

Woodlands Park
429 E Boundary Street, Perrysburg
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Visitors rave about Woodlands Park, and we agree. It’s the perfect destination for families of all ages, Fido included. Attractions comprise an 18-hole disc golf course, plenty of open acreage for kite flying, and a walking path lined by beautiful flowers. The park is home to community-funded Fort Imagination, a gigantic play structure. Kids are sure to enjoy the numerous slides, monkey bars, teeter totters and more. Make an afternoon of it and pack a picnic lunch.

Olander Park

6930 W Sylvania Ave, Sylvania
419-882-8313 | olanderpark.com

There are few summer activities that you can’t do at Olander Park. Olander’s 28-acre spring-fed lake is great for fishing, boating, and swimming (or just relaxing on the sandy beach). Four playgrounds and sand volleyball courts accommodate kids young and old; rowboat and paddleboat rentals are available to those 16 years and up. Park is free to residents of Sylvania School District (no pets allowed).

Carr Park

9208 Lewis Ave, Temperance, MI
734-224-7323 | www.bedfordmi.org/residents/carr_park.php

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Photo courtesy: momonthegoinholytoledo.com

Six acres of community ground sport an elaborate playground, safe swing sets, and a number of picnicking amenities for a family day out. Grills, tables, and the like make the park a destination for more than just a 30-minute run-around.

Farnsworth

8505 S River Rd, Waterville
419-779-6052 | metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/farnsworth/

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Farnsworth is all about water. Located on the Maumee River, this is more than just a playground. Fish, camp, wade—clean and new, to boot!

Swan Creek

4659 Airport Hwy, Toledo
419-407-9758 | metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/swan-creek

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Photo courtesy: momonthegoinholytoledo.com

Swan Creek is a spot you can trek to without actually leaving the city. It’s one of those quiet, preserved places that’s unassumingly wild. Playgrounds, trails, and a Window on Wildlife grace the 441 acres.

Sylvania Playland

3620 Centennial Rd, Sylvania
419-517-9094 | sylvaniaplayland.com

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Photo courtesy: sylvaniaplayland.com

This place is a virtual wonderland of fun. Bouncy houses, super slides, mini-golf, an arcade, special space for tots and more, Playland is the place for those rainy days when watching one more movie just isn’t an option.