My post this week is thanks, once again, to our fabulous readers (shout out to Tara)!
Recently we put together a list of all the playgrounds we have visited in Connecticut and, as part of that post, many of you shared with us other Connecticut playgrounds that you love and thought we should check out (have I mentioned how much we LOVE when you comment? We do!)
Thanks to all of that great feedback we have been able to discover and write about several new-to-us playgrounds including Rockwell Park in Bristol, Hubbard Park in Meriden, Josh’s Jungle in Hamden, and now Brodie Park Playground in New Hartford.
I think I was sold when I saw the note that the playground at Brodie Park is fully fenced-in. I mean it doesn’t get better than that!
We made our way to Brodie Park this past Saturday on a day when I thought the weather was supposed to be clear. About 20 minutes after arriving, though, I realized I was completely wrong as it started to down pour and we had to leave quickly. My kids were a wee bit upset by our change of plans. I mean we pulled up to this fabulous playground, they played for 20 minutes, and then we left abruptly. I’m not sure many two and four year olds would handle that well. Sorry kids!
But before we made our great escape, I did manage to take several pictures of the playground area and even captured a few more details for the park itself!
Brodie Park is located at the intersection of West Hill Road and Niles Road in New Hartford, Connecticut. There are several entrances for the park, but to get to the playground area you take the entrance off of Niles Road.
You can’t miss the park when you enter and you will quickly see that there are parking spaces located on both sides.
As I might have mentioned before, this playground is fully fenced-in with an entrance on each side. Have I mentioned how much I love fully fenced-in playgrounds?
The playround is loaded with amenities including regular, baby, and handicap accessible swings.
There are two playscapes in the playround area, one is designed for children ages 2-5 and the other for children ages 5-12. My kids seemed to enjoy both play areas, but the larger playscape was particularly exciting because of its’ triple slide and climbing towers.
The playground was loaded with lots of additional amenities including these bouncy, ride-on toy, thing-a-ma-jigs.
It was nice to see that the playground area included many options for adults to sit down and rest or for visitors to enjoy a snack or a meal.
The sandbox was a hit as well.
And, of course, we made a trip to the restroom which was located right outside the entrance area.
Besides the awesome playground located at Brodie Park there many other activities that take place there year-round. I saw tennis courts, a skate park, hiking trails and I even noticed this sign for their summer concert series (Wednesday evenings in July at 6:30 pm).
The park also contains this beautiful beach area, but season passes are required to use it. I didn’t get the resident rate for the pass, but the non-resident rate is $300 and there are no day pass options.
That was about all I had time to capture before the sky opened up and we had to run. My kids are already asking when we are going to return and I think it will be soon since our first visit ended so quickly.
What other playgrounds do you think we should add to our list? Let us know by leaving a comment below, sharing on our Facebook page, or sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The park itself is located at the corner of West Hill Road and Niles Road and the address above can be used for GPS devices. There are mulitple entrances to the park. To get to the playground area, take the entrance on Niles Road.
Find out more about park happenings by following the Facebook Page for the Friends of Brodie Park!
- I didn’t see a sign with the hours but I’m assuming the playground is sunrise to sunset.
- Stroller Friendly: YES.
- Coffee Mug Friendly: YES.
- Restroom: YES. There is a porta-potty near the entrance.
- Baby Changing Station: NO.
- Parking: YES. There are two parking areas.
- Food for Sale: I did not see any. But I did see a sign for a snack shack but couldn’t find it. Of course it started pouring rain while we were there so that was part of the problem 🙂
- Outside Food Allowed: YES.
- Cash Required: NO.
- Dress Code: NO.
- Age Recommendations: The two main playscapes are designed for kids ages 2-5 and 5-12. But younger children would enjoy their time here as well!
- Evening/Weekend Hours: YES.
- Discounts: Not needed.
- A playscape for kids ages 2-5
- A playscape for kids ages 5-12
- Fully fenced-in (though both play areas are contained inside the same fence)
- Regular swings
- Baby swings
- Handicap accessible swings
- Climbing structures
- Monkey bars
- Bark as a ground cover
- Picnic Tables
- Minimal shading available
- The Little Green Tambourine – Located in Canton, CT, this healthy living creative arts studio offers a variety of opportunities for kids to learn and play.
- Connecticut Children’s Medical Center – The state’s only free-standing hospital that offers comprehensive, world-class health care to children. Based in Hartford, Connecticut Children’s also provides services at several locations throughout the state.
- The Independent Day School – Located on a rural campus in Middlefield, CT, this private pre-school, elementary and middle school serves families from over 20 communities.
- Mandell JCC – The Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT, welcomes and serves families and individuals of all ages, stages, backgrounds and faiths. Our fitness, wellness and recreation, arts and culture, camp, early childhood education programs, classes, clubs and services are open to all. You Belong Here!
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