Eisenhower Park Playground & SprayGround

Location:  Behind Eisenhower Middle School at 2901 N 72nd Street, Kansas City, KS 66101

Cost:  FREE!

Web Site:  http://www.wycokck.org/InternetDept.aspx?id=18066&menu_id=1016&banner=15284

You can see more pictures of the park and details about its installation at http://www.rain-drop.com/projects/eisenhower-park-sprayground

While playing on the playground behind Eisenhower Middle School, Peanut was irresistibly lured by the sounds of tumbling water and squealing children.  Fully clothed, he and Sprout gleefully ran to the SprayGround located right next to the playground.  They had an AMAZING time.

The SprayGround:

Peanut and Sprout run through the sprayground.

Peanut and Sprout run through the sprayground.

The sprayground is in a fenced area–there is pone way out, so it’s fairly easy to keep an eye on your kids and make sure they don’t escape.  The water is recycled, so there are rules to keep it clean:  no food or drink, and diapers must be changed outside the fence.  The smell of chlorine is intense–if you or your kiddo is sensitive to chemicals, this may be a spot to avoid.

The sprayground is zero-entry, so kids of all abilities should be able to access it easily.  There are tons of different spraying devices, some that come up from the ground and others that spray from above.  The water pools a lot towards the middle, but it’s probably not more than 4″ deep, making this a safe place to explore even for a non-swimmer.

Three girls play in the playground; the magic orange pillar is at the right.

Three girls play in the playground; the magic orange pillar is at the right.

Tip:  There is a black, smooth panel in a short orange pillar towards the gate.  This is the “on” switch to make the water start.

The Playground:

The playground is fairly large and is seated in mulch; there’s asphalt tile around the base of the shorter slide.  The equipment itself is blue and beige, so is fairly low contrast; even so, Peanut navigated it with ease.  There are several drop-offs at the top level that made me nervous; neither Peanut nor Sprout even came close to falling, but I still felt I had to be RIGHT THERE, just in case.

A view of the playground from the sprayground.  There are plenty of benches for tired parents to perch on while their kids burn off some energy.

A view of the playground from the sprayground. There are plenty of benches for tired parents to perch on while their kids burn off some energy.

There are two sets of monkey bars and a slide line as well; these were too tall for my small children to use.

The Verdict:

Peanut was ecstatic to be there and navigated both areas with no problem.  I would be anxious with a fully blind child on the playground, but I think the sprayground would be delightful for anyone, B/VI or otherwise.

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