In 2009, two moms in Woodbridge Connecticut decided that the town could use a new and improved playground that would be exciting for children both young and old and accessible for ALL children. They wanted to ensure that no matter a child’s ability, they would have an opportunity to interact and play with their peers. These moms partnered with the Town of Woodbridge, received support from local leaders, and were able to raise significant funds for their project. (Yay Moms! Inspiring, right?) In May of 2015, their vision became a reality when Pease Place playground opened at the athletic fields off of Pease Road in Woodbridge, Connecticut.
Of course I learned about this playground from one of our amazing readers (Thank you!) and when my children saw pictures of the playground’s main climbing structure, they were pretty much asking me every day if we could go check it out.
And while Woodbridge, CT isn’t remotely close to where we live in West Hartford, it is very close to New Haven which is home to the great shopping destination of Ikea. And if you saw our recent post about What We Are Loving this month, then you know I needed to pick up a new cover for my well-loved Ektorp sofa. So when I figured out I could squeeze in a playground visit with our Ikea trip, I knew it would be a fun (and productive!) day.
This playground was easy to find. I just plugged the address into my GPS (160 Pease Road, Woodbridge, CT) and looked for the turnoff with the Woodbridge Athletic Fields sign.
The playground is located right next to the parking lot and the day we visited there were plenty of spaces available. But the playground is also located right next to the soccer and lacrosse fields so I have a feeling that when a game is happening, the parking options may become a bit more limited. But for our visit, parking was not an issue.
You can see why my kids were excited when they saw a few picture of this playground, it is pretty fabulous.
The playground offers a variety of equipment including a structured designed for kids ages 5-12 and one designed for kids under 5.
The structure for kids ages 5-12 is immense and oh boy did my kids love it. Though, as I’ve mentioned previously, I’m rather scared of heights and I definitely held my breath a little as my munchkins climbed to the top of this thing 🙂
But look how much they are enjoying it!
If your child (like Sparkles) LOVES swings than they will be more than happy at this playground. It has a tire swing, regular swing, handicap accessible swing, and baby swings.
And beyond the main play equipment, this playground has a lot to offer. Climbing structures, musical instruments, merry go rounds, a basketball court, and more.
Picnic tables are also available if you want to hang out for lunch or even a snack.
The playground also has a play structure designed for kids under 5 years of age. Little ones can twist, turn, and slide all over.
So what do you think? Would your kiddo(s) enjoy this brand new playground?
Mine certainly did and we spent over an hour there. After that, it was onto lunch and shopping at Ikea. I even was able to catch a few minutes of peace by dropping my little crew off at the store’s Småland. Of course, I had to stalk Småland for almost an hour before they had enough space for my party of three, but it was worth it for a little quiet time while I made a mad dash through the store grabbing all that I could 🙂
Pease Place – Woodbridge Community Playground
Find out more about park happenings by following their Facebook Page.
- 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.
- Food for Sale: I did not see any.
- 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.
- Evening/Weekend Hours: YES.
- Discounts: Not needed.
- A playscape for kids ages 2-5
- A playscape for kids ages 5-12
- Regular swings
- Baby swings
- Handicap accessible swings
- Climbing structures
- Monkey bars
- Mostly bark as a ground cover plus pathways made of asphalt, brick, and rubber matting
- Picnic tables
- Basketball court
- Music equipment
- Minimal shading available
- 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.
- 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!
- Musculoskeletal Health Centers – Located in Simsbury, CT, MSH Centers specializes in general chiropractic medicine with a focus on pediatric and prenatal chiropractic care. This fall, they will also offer the first all inclusive fitness center in Connecticut with personal training memberships starting at just $29.99/month for one session/week.
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