This playground was designed by kids and originally built by the residents of Yuma. A recent fire destroyed the playground but it is currently being rebuilt to look as close as possible to the original using insurance money (scheduled to reopen end of 2015). I was able to tour the construction site and can tell this park is going to be amazing.
I was told this was the “castle park,” but it is so much more than that. There is a woodland element with monkey and owl murals, an airplane to climb in set against the backdrop of a sky, and an old west style area. There are so many ways for kids to climb, explore, and use their imagination. The structures are all hand painted and the city was able to hire the original artist to redo her murals.
Although the park will look the same, the rebuild will be “bigger, better, and safer.” The materials used for the structures are much less likely to burn. The playground also has a hidden fire suppression system to quickly douse any fire that may occur. A fire hydrant has been place beside the park as well. The surfacing for the playground now be PebbleFlex, a material that can stand up to the extreme temperatures of Yuma summers and will stay cool for little feet. There will also be a memorial to the old playground with some of the original pieces the construction company was able to salvage. A second phase of the rebuild project will expand the playground to include a splash pad and ADA equipment.
I can’t wait to bring my kids back here when the construction is finished to enjoy this magnificent playground. I would recommend any family driving past or staying in Yuma to take a break at the park.
If you've ever been to Yuma, you probably know that it isn't exactly a thriving metropolis. The city has a high poverty/unemployment rate and is probably most well-known for being one of the hottest cities in Arizona...with average temperatures of 105+ in the summer.
That said, it also has some outstanding parks and splash pads!
The Stewart Vincent Wolfe Creative Playground (located within the West Wetlands Park), for example, is sure to meet the approval of any prince or princess. The magnificent castle-themed playscape is impressive, to say the least.
The large play area includes swings, slides (including tunnel slides from within the castle towers), a climbing wall, and plenty of great nooks for creative exploration. Best of all, the entire area features a Pebble Flex ground cover that is soft and squishy, ensuring safe landings. Our three girls (ages 6, 3, and 6 months at the time) had a ball.
If you're driving from Southern California to Tucson or Phoenix with small children, this is a GREAT place to stop for some exercise and fun. It's only a few miles off I-8 and well worth a visit.
* Note that West Wetlands Park also has a Hummingbird & Butterfly Garden, walking paths, ramadas for picnics, and a fishing pond.
This is one of the BEST parks that I have ever taken my kids to. It is perfect as it is enclosed and you can sit and chat with other moms while the kids have a blast. Plus, it is a CASTLE! How cool is that? Sandboxes, swings, slides, places to jump, climb - it has it all! Definitely recommend.