Looking for somewhere to take your energetic bunch of kids? Branch out beyond your favorite neighborhood park and discover and whole new place to play. Here are a few suggestions for parks worth driving to.
Angie Denison, Studio 5 Producers shares a few favorite park picks around town.
Castle Heights Playground at Nicholls Park
1200 E Nicholls Rd
Kaysville, UT 84037
The quiet community of Fruit Heights came together in 2003 to design and build a playground for its kids. It was designed by elementary school students, and was built to meet/exceed all federal safety regulations and accessibility regulations. The play land features a castle moat, lots of slides, a ship, a tree house, a tire swing and many other swings, and a tot lot for the little ones. Other activities available in Nicholls Park include baseball, volleyball, and picnicking (at the picnic boweries).
The park is located just northeast of the Davis Park Golf Course. From I-15, exit to Highway 89 just north of Farmington. Turn left on Nicholls Road.
Veterans Memorial Park/Wild West Jordan Playground
1985 W 7800 S
West Jordan, UT 84084
Veterans Memorial Park is a large, mixed-use, community park. It occupies 100 acres and includes pavilions, the West Jordan Rodeo Arena, tennis courts, baseball fields (both youth and league), a concrete badminton court, volleyball courts (both sand and concrete), basketball hoops, several playgrounds, the West Jordan Historical Museum, the Gene Fullmer Fitness & Rec Center, the West Jordan Outdoor Pool, the Sugar Factory Playhouse, a military service monument, and a peace garden.
The park pavilions can be reserved by calling West Jordan Public Works at the number listed above.
A big draw for kids is the park’s Wild West Jordan Playground, the largest playground in Utah. The innovative play structure was built by 6,000 community volunteers over a ten-day period. The playground covers two-thirds of an acre and contains over 12,000 square feet of play surface. The fully-fenced playground is divided into a tot lot area for two to five year olds and a larger area for five to 12 year olds. The crowning feature is a superstructure which contains 23 stair levels and a two-story curly slide.
Hours: Daily, dawn to dusk
Herriman Splash Pads
Umbria Estates Splash Pad
12790 S. Brundisi Way (5230 W.)
Water features, and playground with restrooms. Gazebos with picnic tables you can rent.
RoseCrest Splash Pad
14070 S. RoseCrest Road (5600 W.)
Spider Man Park at Daybreak
Oquirrh Lake Rd. And Isla Daybreak Rd.
4520 W. 10880 S.