Playground by the Sound

As the father of a toddler, I’m starting to become quite the expert at what makes a good playground.

There needs to be a variety of slides: short ones, steep ones, not-steep ones, high ones and tubes.

There needs to be a variety of swings: standard, tire and baby.

There needs to be at least one unique feature: a climbing wall, a cool theme, those springy stool things, the world’s largest wagon, a sandbox, etc.

There needs to be a bathroom nearby.

And there needs to be shade.

The playground has a fun seafaring theme complete with a lighthouse and a crab shack.
The playground has a fun seafaring theme complete with a lighthouse and a crab shack.

If your playground can check off all of those things, then it is a pretty good playground.

If it can do all of that and have an amazing view of the Puget Sound, then it’s probably called The Playground by the Sound.

Who doesn't love Orca Whale rockers?
Who doesn’t love Orca Whale rockers?

Our family goes to the Chambers Bay regional park in University Place nearly every day, if only to get some daily exercise on the walking path, but once a week or so, we try to take Catarina down to the playground to give her some fun time.

And this playground is pretty amazing. With the Chambers Bay golf course and the blue waters of the Sound in the distance, the playground has a “little kids” area and a “big kids” area with toys catering each age group.

The Playground by the Sound offers stunning views of the Puget Sound, and Chambers Bay Golf Course.
The Playground by the Sound offers stunning views of the Puget Sound, and Chambers Bay Golf Course.

It has cool Northwest features like a lighthouse, orca whales, boats and more. It has every type of swing imaginable, even ones that allow the adult to sit in them and hold a child on their lap. It has all kinds of slides, a sandbox, and much more.

The only thing to complain about, if you want to nitpick, is that the bathrooms are across a big field. But that is a pretty weak complaint.

Catarina doesn't love swings, as was evidenced by the freakout four seconds after this photo was taken.
Catarina doesn’t love swings, as was evidenced by the freakout four seconds after this photo was taken.

So, if you are looking for an awesome place to take the kiddos some weekend, hightail it to Chambers Bay. It has more than just a golf course, walking path and stunning vista.

– Craig Craker

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