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New Denver Playgrounds for 2017

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What’s new at Denver’s playgrounds? Lots and lots! With spring turning into summer, this is the perfect time of year for exploring new parks in our beautiful city. Come visit the newest, most modern play areas metro Denver has to offer. See the fresh ideas that playground designers have been implementing all over town and let your kids discover some play features they have never encountered before!

Get additional ideas in my guide Denver Playgrounds & Parks, available as a book and iPhone app. The book is sold at Amazon and at local stores such as Timbuk Toys, The Bookies, and The Tattered Cover. For details, visit my website playgroundsdenver.com.

Carmody Park

Come to Lakewood’s newest and largest play area and find everything a truly modern playground has to offer. There is a 2-person swing (for an adult plus a toddler), a merry-go-round spinner, and a rocking boat. You will find climbing challenges for all abilities, including several nets, rocks, logs, and ladders. Don’t miss the large selection of musical instruments, a giant sandbox, and the huge array of outdoor fitness equipment.

Location: 2220 S Kipling St, Lakewood

Clear Creek Valley Park

This bright, delightful playground next to a small lake features a forest & garden theme, complete with huge vegetables, flowers, and trees. The large water play area has three hand pumps and a play river with removable dams. There’s also a really fun zip line, many narrow rope bridges, and a sand play area. Come figure out what happens when you press the blue button on the bridge!

Location: W 58th Ave & Tennyson St, Denver

Writers Vista Park

This lovely park on the High Line Canal Trail overlooks McLellen Reservoir and features an excellent new playground. The only way to reach the top of the tall tunnel slide is to climb the net and climbing lines… no stairs here! There also is a log ladder, a climbable cage spinner, and a trio of sit-down spinners. Lake and mountain views are everywhere here.

Location: W Mineral Ave & S Peninsula Dr, Littleton

Larson Park

Recently renovated, the playground at Larson Park shines with plenty of climbing equipment and several unique types of swings, including a 2-person platform swing resembling a river raft and a two-person swing for one adult plus one baby. There is a play car and dinosaur sculptures. The park also features a huge array of outdoor exercise equipment, perfect for an aerobic workout under the sun.

Location: 10723 Larson Dr, Northglenn

Crofton Park

Come try out the unique 4-person seesaw at this neighborhood park with a nature theme. You will also find tunnels, swings, and plenty of climbing opportunities.

Location: W 125th Ave & James Point, Broomfield

Stapleton Park

With its colorful stained-glass sculpture, this small playground invites you to try a few new things. The climbing structure has the shape of a space ship, complete with ladders and a control board. There is also a tall, large climbing net, a sand play area, and an array of outdoor fitness equipment.

Location: Broadway & 51st Ave, Denver

Creekside Park

This nice play area features a Christmas-tree-shaped cage spinner, tunnels, and two 2-person swings (adult + baby). You will also find a modern 4-person teeter-totter and lots of slides.

Location: S Tower Rd & S Yampa St, Aurora

Tierra Park

Come check out Aurora’s first playground with a zip line! You will also like the super-tall slide and the fun spinners and play houses.

Location: E Asbury Ave & S Eagle Ct, Aurora

Guest blogger Chris Sekirnjak has lived in the Denver area since 2004 and currently resides in Applewood (Wheat Ridge) with his wife and two young children. Outdoor fun has been his main form of entertainment ever since he was a little boy growing up in Austria. His two guide books Denver Playgrounds & Parks and Run, Stroll, Hike were published in 2014 and 2016 and have been adapted to iPhone apps.

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