Sunday, September 18, 2011

Seely Park

Summer is hanging on by a thread in Sacramento this year, and judging by the amount of smiles at Seely Park today, the kids don't mind.

Our trip to Seely was twofold. First and foremost, we were invited to a birthday party. Secondly, I have wanted to check out what Seely Park has to offer for some time now.

And offer, it does! Seely Park has a feature that sprays water - definitely a plus in Sacramento's "dry heat"! My oldest isn't usually a fan of the spraying, but today he crossed over into the craziness. Drenched from head to toe, I couldn't drag him away from the thing, even to see the story telling, balloon animal making, face painting pirate lady who was the entertainment for the birthday party.

The park also offers two playgrounds, two sandboxes, bathrooms, picnic tables, and a nice ride along path for those learning to let go of the training wheels.

But if you're hot on a summer day, this is the place to be. Next time, I might just have to run through the fountains of water too. All in the name of research, right?

Seely Park is located on Pope Ave. just off of Morse.

Friday, September 2, 2011

O' Donnell Park

O' Donnell Park is Carmichael's newest park addition. And it sure was welcomed with open arms by my four-year-old! With two playgrounds, a mister, basketball court and tons of grass to run in, this park is definitely on his top ten list.

The favorite? The "roller slide", as he calls it. Imagine a people mover with wheels on the floor to slip and slide around, surrounded by railings to (hopefully!) prevent any wipeouts. Super funny to watch, and super challenging for those above ten (yes, I admit, I did try it was just too tempting!)

I love that there are shade tarps covering the play areas, HUGE trees to rest beneath, and a wonderful walking trail for "adventures".

I learned of this park by accident. I starting seeing these "O'Donnell Park donor" signs posted on lawns and looked it up. Turns out, this park has been in the works for over THIRTY years, according to some of the residents.

Take a look: Adopt a Park Program

I'm so thankful that my children are able to benefit from this decades old park building plan...