An Earnest Experience in Erie County Pennsylvania
All summer long, Fridays will be designated to exploring parks in Erie County PA and rating them! The Earnest Littles and I are having a blast park hopping and seeing what is out there! Each post will give a final rating out of 10 for the overall park and then we will break down the categories. For each park we are looking at equipment, cleanliness, bathroom options, parent spots and picnic facilities.
Please note, the opinions given in this post/rating are our opinions alone and do not speak for the parks, the townships or anyone else. Our intent is to give a glimpse of our experience and how much we, as a family liked the park.
Greene Township Playground, 9333 Tate Road, Erie PA 16509
Overall Rating 9.75/10. Wow!! This playground is amazing. The play structures are huge and numerous, there is a side designed for children 5-12 years old, and 3-5 years old – perfect for our kiddos who range from 4-12 years – and it was mainly all fenced in. There was so much to do we felt like if we left too soon, we would miss out on all the fun. The running, laughter and joyous screams were aplenty as many families had made use of this incredible playground while we were there. There is a massive amount of green space offering gorgeous panoramic views of baseball diamonds, football fields and what appears to be wooded/forested areas. There is also the Paradise trail that is a ½ mile paved path which goes out to the vast green space behind the playground. This park we HIGHLY recommend, if you go to any parks this summer, make sure you make it here!
Equipment: The playground is massive. I am not sure that I can fully describe it and ensure I have included all the adventure that is available. On the 5–12-year-old side there is a massive climb structure/climber complete with a walking bridge (that lead to another climber that resembled a gazebo/playhouse), wall climbing, monkey bars, four slides (large covered twirling slide that what the height of the structure, one small one at the first level; and three slides side by side about halfway up the structure, that offered different textures/shapes for sliding experiences). This is where we lose the 0.25 in the rating, the three slides are bumpy and all three of my kids said they did not enjoy 2/3 slides that are side by side since the ride down was slightly rough. The ground cover on this side was wooden mulch/wood chips. The swings were plentiful with six belt swings, one large swinging saucer and an inclusive swing on the 12-5-year-old side, then there were three bucket swings including one that was a parent-child swing on the 3–5-year-old side.
The 3-5-year-old side had a mini merry-go-round, and numerous play/climbing structures that resembled playhouses, a boat (which has an appropriately sized slide), a tractor, and a train. There was so much to keep little feet busy and to discover from a percussion stand to large displays of braille letters (lower and upper case) and numbers. The ground cover on this side was the manufactured rubber intact flooring (not the rubber pieces).
All in all – this park was fully enjoyed from the 4-year-old to the 12-year-old. In the picture of them, my 7-year-old gave a sideways thumb for the rough slide experience.
Cleanliness: The park was very clean, there are plenty of trash cans located all over the park that allows for easy access and helps to keep it clean. The equipment itself is kept up well, with natural wear from use it was pleasantly clean as well.
Bathrooms: There is a decent bathroom building available for use (it was open when we were at the park). It was fully stocked with toilet paper and soap at the sinks. They appear to have at least two toilets per restroom (Men’s or Women’s) both equipped with a handicap option. However, we did not see a change table option for itty bitty ones.
Parent Spots: There are numerous of benches located right by the playground, a few even had shade from some nearby trees. The benches were located all around the playground equipment as well, lots of options – some had natural tree shade and on the 3–5-year-old side, there were benches with pergolas above them.
Picnic Facilities: Two large pavilions (one was smaller) with many wooden picnic tables fully.
Stay tuned for our next review. Live in Erie County? Have you been to this park? What are your thoughts?