"Children in the Perdido Kid's Park area helped design the playground". John Dean, a designer with Leathers and Associates from Ithaca, New York, used the children's ideas of what they want in a dream park and combined these ideas with the history of our area to develop a playground design that is unique to Pensacola.
Volunteers joined together to build our playground from the ground up in 7 days time...which included the help of over 200 Marines EVERY day! We had the help of skilled and unskilled volunteers. The jobs included construction, painting, sanding, childcare, food services, volunteer sign-up, runners, and others. Children ages 10-13 worked alongside their parents on site. Teenagers, ages 14 and up, worked on-site building the playground. Representatives from Leathers and Associates were at Perdido Kid's Park during construction to guide local volunteers through the 7-day process of building the playground.
The Perdido Kid's Park Playground is completely accessible and will be ADA compliant.
We "ran" into the park on our way to the National Naval Aviation Museum. I am so glad we stopped. The park was amazing!! I had my boys with me ages 8, 8 and 6 and they all had a blast!
There were planes to ride, monkey bars to swing on, little places to hide and a misting station for the kids to cool off at. We went in the morning and it wasn't overly crowded even with the summer camp kids playing with everyone. We all loved this huge park but the thing that put it over the top were the jets that would fly above us every so often while the kids were playing. It was really neat and made our trip to the National Naval Aviation Museum that much more special!!
We've been fans of Perdido Kids Park since it was built!
I love that they've added shade and lots of seating areas. Big pavilions for birthday parties. Bathrooms and fountains. Great interactive playground suitable for all ages (a separate tot area as well). The walking path off the side is wonderful..there is an area that forks off to a hidden lake you can walk around. My children love this!!
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This is a fabulous park like the other posters said. The park is community built and you can see the love that was put into this park. My kids loved running around this park and climbing on the different play structures. It is nearby the Navy base so you can stop by the Naval Aviation Museum. My only two complaints about this park are: 1)there is not a lot of tree coverage over the park. There are tons of covered picnic tables but they often fill up quickly. and 2) the park is huge so you need to make sure that you keep a close eye on your kids. I didn't feel like I could let my kids play on their own because there are too many blind corners and hidey holes!
This park is absolutely wonderful! The community did an amazing job organizing the community build. You will find that the park is accessible and reflects unique features of the area.
Contrary to the previous posters remark regarding the materials, the project is predominantly constructed with recycled plastic composite. Leathers designs are moving further and further from using pressure treated lumber. They have been utilizing recycled plastics and building all-plastic structures since 2001.
This park is not to be missed and will entertain the entire family for hours!
Reflecting themes from the surrounding area, this playground is the result of much hard work by locals who saw the need. Climbing, swings, play music, ride a lady bug.... blow off steam!
Structures are largely wood and would be too hot during summer months, for us Northerners anyway. Benches abound for adults to view the action.
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