I took my kids aged 10, 7, and 2 to Ford Park which is adjacent to the Betty Ford Alpine Garden. The only requirement to enjoy this playground is a wild imagination. This playground, with its fort structures, suspension bridge, colorful twisting poles and climbing wall is begging for kids to create a story, create a game, or just burn some energy.
This park was an accidental discovery as our actual destination was the garden. However, when my kiddos saw all the creative playground equipment, they just had to spend an hour enjoying the space. My toddler’s favorite area was the smaller playground area complete with a preschool-sized climbing fort and slide and child safe swings. We weren’t the only families drawn to this place as it soon became full of adults sipping their morning lattes, while watching their kiddos running around. Adjacent to the park is a nice grassy area, perfect for yard games, and a paved running trail, perfect for a jogging stroller. The park also offers a handful of picnic tables, restroom facilities and drinking fountains.
In all, my kids had a wonderful hour burning energy at the Ford Park Playground before our visit to the Betty Ford Alpine Garden. This worked out beautifully as the garden did require kiddos to be a bit more serious and meditative. Both of these places are “don’t miss” attractions, so be sure to plan an extra hour if you’re already planning on a visit to the gardens.