Grounds for Play

Posted on May 12th, 2009

Austin's playground scene has leaped to a whole new level.

Last weekend I took our boys to the relatively new Lake Park in the Mueller development (former airport project) for a change of scenery
-- what we saw was mighty impressive. Upon entering the securely gated area, we encountered other-worldly attractions in the form of funky and imaginative playground equipment (apparently designed in Europe, so it’s…other-continental?).

Instead of the same ol' slides and swings, there are spinning items and climbing areas. Rather than ramps and monkey bars, there are saucer swings and a water spot for excavating sandy canals.
The large trees -- some apparently relocated to the park from Bastrop -- provide plenty of shade, and even the restrooms are surprisingly well-designed and spacious, a bonus for the post-canal-building clothes change.

Lake Park's central location (off Airport Boulevard just east of I-35) makes it easily accessible, and the fancy and fun equipment provides innovative ways for the family to enjoy an hour two together. Book your short flight there soon.

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