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My personal top 5 playgrounds in metro Denver

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This month I’m celebrating the launch of the 3rd edition of my guide book Denver Playgrounds & Parks. After having been out of print for half a year, it feels great to have more books available again. front cover tinyWith an additional 160 playgrounds and a new focus on the very best 50 parks in town, this 2016 edition is more fun than ever! So to mark the occasion, I’ve listed my own personal top 5 Denver play areas… it’s a question I get asked a lot. Happy exploring!

The guide is 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 more details, please visit my website

Carpenter Park

This mega-playground in Thornton was constructed in 2013 and truly offers something for everyone. In addition to the 10 swings, 8 slides, and 6 spinners, the play area includes a merry-go-round, a rocking boat, sliding bars, and more. The sprayground features spouts and fountains that light up at night. On summer weekends, there are pedal boat rentals on the adjacent lake, as well as a full-sized carousel.

Location: Madison St & 112th Ave, Thornton2 carpenter park

Hopper Hollow Park

 This cheery park in Wheat Ridge replaces a vacant lot with grassy fields and a great play area. Ladybug-themed and colorful, the playground offers a 4-person merry-go-round and lots of ladders at odd angles. The separate toddler area is nearly as large as the main play area.

Location: Kendall St & W 44th Ave, Wheat Ridge3 hopper hollow park

Quail Crossing Park

Come visit this tall rocket waiting on its launch pad! You can climb to the top level, enter through one of the Shuttle Entrances, and adjust its large mission control panel. There is an alien-themed teeter-totter, a large suspended blue platform, and a spinning red ring (for sitting or lying inside).

Location: 13402 Kalamath St, Westminster4 quail crossing

Estates Park

Come to this park at 6030 feet elevation and have it all! You get great views of the foothills and plains, a modern playground with super-tall slides and several spinners, and plenty of grassy open space for playing frisbee golf or running around.

Location: 16169 W Ellsworth Dr, Golden5 estates park

Big Dry Creek Park

This spacious park is located along the Big Dry Creek Trail in Westminster. The playground boasts some fun equipment: a weight-adjustable teeter-totter, a flat-top spinner, a cage spinner, a stand-up arch seesaw, and a suspended wobbly walkway.

Location: 1694 W 128th Ave, Westminster6 big dry creek

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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 between 2014 and 2016 and have been adapted to iPhone apps.

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