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.
McKean Community Recreational Park, 8798 Main St, McKean PA 16426
Overall Rating 8/10. This park is large, it has a nice sized parking lot, baseball diamonds, other large sporting fields and a walking track. It is a lovely, open green space with a nice breeze and a lovely Veteran Memorial. All in all, we really liked this park, while we were there the kids were quick to make friends with a family who frequents, and they were so kind to invite us back to play. We recommend checking out this park for some free fun in Erie County PA this summer!
Equipment: The playground has a decent size climber complete with three slides, monkey bars, a crawl tube, bridge, a sliding pole and fun climbing options. The ground cover appears to be older mulch so there was a complaint from the seven-year-old (and contributed to her rating of one thumb up and one thumb down) that she kept getting dirt in her crocs. There is a swing section that has both belt swings and full bucket baby swings. Ground cover also appeared to be older wooden mulch. The equipment is slightly dated in our opinion, but that did not stop is from being a fun place to play.
Cleanliness: The park was very clean. There was a little bit of litter from recent visitors who left their trash Juice boxes and napkins) after it got blown away from them, however 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.
Parent Spots: There are PLENTY 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!
Picnic Facilities: There are so many picnic options here. Two large pavilions (one with kitchen facilities and a ton of seating) with many wooden picnic tables fully shaded and had grills (both decently close enough to the playground) and one small one that has one wooden picnic table with handicap access.
Stay tuned for our next review. Live in Erie County? Have you been to this park? What are your thoughts?