The sun has made an appearance in the Pacific NW! We can finally lose the cardigans and throw on the flip flops – spring is in full swing. With warmer temps popping up now and again in the forecast, many parents find themselves looking for ways to get their kids outdoors.
Last week, my kids and I had about an hour to kill in Troutdale. The thought of dragging four kids to the outlet mall didn’t appeal to me, so I went looking for a playground – and found an INCREDIBLE one.
The park features several large fields, climbing rocks, swings, slides, balancing equipment, monkey bars, and a HUGE play structure. There is also a covered area with several picnic tables.
I appreciated that there was enough to hold the interest of all my kids, from my 6 year old to my 12 year old. Most parks and playgrounds don’t have much for upper elementary/tweens – so my older kids were excited to see the large climbing rocks.
There are plenty of benches scattered throughout the park for parents to sit on as they watch their kids play. (Loved that I didn’t have to sit on a curb or the ground, as I find myself doing at many parks we visit!)
I hope you’ll make the trip to this incredible playground the next time you’re in the area! (It’s worth the drive!)
Things to keep in mind:
- This is definitely NOT a “hidden gem.” This is a popular park – so anticipate lots of kids and families.
- Aside from a covered area with tables, there is not a lot of shade – so bring sunscreen and water to keep those kiddos cool!
- This would be a great “add-on” for a little day trip to Multnomah Falls – especially for my Clark County readers!
Imagination Station Address:
1900 SW Cherry Park Rd, Troutdale, OR 97060
*The park is across the street from Reynolds High School.