- Out and About -
THE PLAYGROUND REVIEWS
Throughout the ten days of ExplorSchool, the Scoop staff climbed the tallest towers, slid down the slipperiest slides, and swayed on the swingiest swings in order to review the best of St. Paul's playgrounds.
Mattock's Park is good because it has three different parks in one place--plus a large, sunny soccer field if you have a team sport to play. The first park is a small one with a see-saw, baby swings and a playground for toddlers. The second is a swing set. Both these are pretty sunny. The third is a large playground with climbing structures that are good for tag, and a large rock kids like to perch on. All three playgrounds have sand on the ground. There is a tennis court right next to them.
A drinking fountain--including a dog-level bowl!-- and plenty of shade in the largest playground make this a perfect place on hot summer days.
Treasure Island Playground
By Thomas and David
The Treasure Island playground is one of the best we've ever been to. It is a very well kept up playground with around 20 swings, a full climbing set, and multiple tire swings. It is a humongous wooden castle structure, and that makes it the best playground ever to play tag on because of all the castle-like features: tunnels, towers and secret passageways. It has pebbles for the ground--which can make you skid if you are running, but basically we love it. It is mostly for kids ages under 12.
Things to watch out for: There are few slides, and the water fountains do not work, but that is the only downside of the park. I have been there twice now, and splinters have not been a problem. In conclusion this park is great on any day, but be careful because you might hit your head.
St. Paul Academy does not have that great of a playground. It consists of four swings, two spinning things, and a giant rock to climb and play on, shown in the slideshow below. It has a ground of wood chips, is good for most ages as long as there aren't too many people there at one time, but there are no slides or equipment. The rock can be fun to just sit on and throw things down on your disciples, and the spinning things are very fun if you don't get dizzy and throw up. Overall, it would be a good quick stop, but if you have a lot of time, I would go to another playground.
Horace Mann Playground
By Beth and Lindsey
Beth: My favorite part about Horace Mann was that there was so much sand and things to climb.
Lindsey: My favorite part was playing Cops and Robbers, with all the tubes, it had a great layout.
Beth: Something to look forward to is that there are many rocks and climbing things for instance there are small tubes and rock climbing walls.
Lindsey: On a hot day, there is some shade that we took a break after running around, it's got a great soccer field, and basketball court.
Beth: A recommendation I would make would be not to wear sandals because it had a floor of sand and sometimes that may feel irritating with sandals, if you wear sandals anyway, don't worry, you could take them off!
Lindsey: It had monkey bars that were fun to play on. The sand was good for little children to put it in pails and water to make a sand castle, you' ll have to travel around just to make sure that you have enough sand for the sand castle entirely.
Both: In conclusion, we think this park was a great park!!!