Warmer weather is on the way and after a long winter, it is time to get outside! There are some hidden gem playgrounds around Dayton- try one or all of them this spring!
Forest Field Park, 2100 E. Centerville Station Rd., Dayton, OH 45459
Forest Field Park is an arboretum as well as a community park. The Park District has planted 14 varieties of evergreens and 41 species of deciduous trees around the park. The play equipment in the park was updated in 2018 and includes a natural play area adjacent to the traditional playground.
Russ Nature Reserve, Nature PlayScape, 2380 Kemp Rd., Beavercreek, OH 45431
Hiking trails through mixed prairies and woodlands, apiary, nature study, photography, bird watching, Nature PlayScape are a few things this playground offers.
Owen’s Place & Tree House Village, 2338 Dayton-Xenia Rd., Beavercreek, OH 45434
Owen’s Place is a universally accessible playground, designed for individuals of all ages and ability levels. The playground is the inspiration of Trish Gustafson, whose son, Owen, uses a wheelchair. Owen’s Place is located in Victory Park, which is accessible through Rotary Park in Beavercreek.
Nature Sounds & Butterfly Playgrounds at Countryside Park, 895 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd., Washington Township
This 26-acre park behind the recreation center includes a fitness trail, play field, historic log cabin, spacious picnic shelter and three ponds, PLUS their Butterfly and Nature Sounds playgrounds.
Stubbs Park, 255 W Spring Valley Pk., Centerville, OH 45458
The largest playground at Stubbs Park has undergone some improvements. The City installed drainage tile around the playground area and put in recycled rubber mulch to provide better protection from a fall. The rubber mulch, made from old tires. Definitely, a must go!
Patricia Allyn Park, 7256 OH-48 Springboro, OH 45066
Playgrounds, Soccer Fields, Sand Volleyball Court, Tennis Courts, Walking Trails 1-Mile Paved Walking Loop Disc Golf Course, (9 baskets with 18 different tee boxes) Pond with Catch & Release Fishing Allowed and much more!
Hills & Dales White Oak Camp, 2606 Hilton Dr., Kettering
Offering a traditional play area and a nature play area on the tree-covered hill where children engage with nature. Kids can move back and forth between the two play areas. Caretakers can walk on nearby paths or enjoy the comfy Adirondack chairs. Park in the lot off of Hilton Drive or access by a three-quarter-mile trail walk from Twin Oak Camp off of South Patterson Boulevard.
Orchardly Park, 336 Orchard Dr., Oakwood
This was designed with a state-of-the-art accessible playground designed by children for children, a splash pad, a full basketball court, two tennis courts, a picnic shelter and greenspace, all tucked into 1.9 acres!
City Park, 35 Parkwood Drive, Tipp City
Lots to enjoy here… Nature Center close by and aquatic center minutes away. You have 3 shelters to choose from if you are looking for a family cookout (one shelter holds 75 people!) Definitely a must go for all types of families!