Archives for Parks & Playgrounds

Darien Playgrounds: A Video Tour

Categories: Beaches, Parks & Playgrounds, Inside Scoop, and Recreation.

At long last, and with great satisfaction — as this has been a goal of mine since starting the site 2 years ago — I bring to you a video tour of the various public playgrounds around town (minus the elementary school playgrounds, I’ll have to capture those on a weekend so the principals don’t think I’m a scary kid stalker, video-ing the school playground). My primary goal with these videos, in addition to being able to write off my iPhone as a business expense (ha), is to give those of you who are unfamiliar with the playgrounds an ability
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Hindley School Playground

Categories: Beaches, Parks & Playgrounds, Recreation, and Uncategorized.

When it comes to playgrounds in Darien, your neighborhood school playground is an often overlooked but always great option for weekend fun (you obviously can’t use them during school hours).  The Hindley School playground actually has 3 different playgrounds (not to mention a huge field for ball-kicking and lots of swings!) In the front of the school, there is a smaller, sandy playground that includes a play structure with slides, a fun, 4-person “driving” structure (which you actually can’t see very well in the picture below, I’ll try to snap another one soon), and a very large sandbox. At the
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McGuane Playground

Categories: Beaches, Parks & Playgrounds, Recreation, and Uncategorized.

Based on what I’ve seen during my playground investigation to date, this little playground tucked away off the beaten path behind Darien’s Little League fields is second only to Cherry Lawn. It’s clean, was built in 2003, has 2 playgyms, each of which offers fun activities and slides, a swingset with baby swings, and a feature that I think is really cool on a playground: rubberized safety surfacing, which is a special kind of “flooring” that is soft and has a lot of give to it. In addition to making the playground fully handicapped accessible and meeting ASTM standardsas well
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Weed Beach Park

Categories: Beaches, Parks & Playgrounds and Recreation.

Growing up in Darien, Weed Beach was always my favorite of the 2 public beaches because there is just so much to DO there.  You would hardly know you were driving up to a beach because of the rolling hills and wooded park and tennis courts you pass through before even reaching the beach parking lot — there’s even a tiny playground back in the woods — and I personally think that combination of park with beach is really neat.    In fact, Weed Beach park is 22 acres and includes a beach with swimming area, picnic areas, six tennis
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Selleck’s Woods

Categories: Beaches, Parks & Playgrounds and Recreation.

Selleck’s Woods Tucked way back off the beaten path in Darien, this “park” is more like a 60-acre Nature Bonanza.    Because of its location off of Old King’s Highway Road and back behind office buildings bordering the highway between I-95 Exits 11 and 12, you would never guess that there are over 2 miles of walking trails and 7 distinct ecosystems ranging from densely wooded areas to ponds, marshes, swamps, streams and even prairie pockets.  People come to walk, jog, exercise their dogs (on their leashes!!), bird watch, fish (CT fishing lisence required and catch and release only), meditate
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Baker Playground

Categories: Beaches, Parks & Playgrounds and Recreation.

Baker Field Playground A charming little playground in the heart of Noroton Heights, the Baker Park playground is easily accessible by car and/or stroller as there are sidewalks leading up to the park from both sides of Noroton Avenue. There is a chain link fence separating the playground from the street, although the playground is NOT closed in.  This means that the little ones can’t just run from the slide, for example, right out into the street, which is nice.  However, they CAN run from the slide towards the parking lot and then out in the street in the blink
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The Motherlode of All Playgrounds: Cherry Lawn Park

Categories: Beaches, Parks & Playgrounds and Recreation.

As you drive in to the parking lot at Cherry Lawn Park, watch out for little ones darting in and out from between the parked cars — this playground has EVERYTHING, for kids of ALL ages — including a nice clean public restroom. Set against the backdrop of sprawling green lawns, tennis courts, a massive garden and a serene pond with gazebo, the Cherry Lawn Park playground offers 2 — yes, TWO — complete playgrounds as well as a basketball court. There is a toddler playground, filled with sand and safely enclosed by a security fence, which offers a smaller-scale
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Baker Park

Categories: Beaches, Parks & Playgrounds and Recreation.

Also known as “Baker Field,” this park is a terrific asset to the Noroton Heights neighborhood.  It’s right on Noroton Avenue, near the I-95 Exit 10 (between Maple Ave and Casement Street), and has stroller-friendly sidewalks leading up to it from both directions.  There’s also a nice big parking lot for those who need to drive there. The playground has a recently updated playgym as well as picnic tables, and although the park is on a main road the playground is set back and fenced in, so it feels serene and safe there. Growing up, I only ever went there/knew
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Tilley Pond

Categories: Beaches, Parks & Playgrounds and Recreation.

Originally the Tilley Bird Farm, designed by G.D. Tilley to be a sanctuary for his rare and exotic bird collection, Tilley Pond park is now Darien’s version of a “town square….” except it’s not square and it’s not in the center of the downtown area, and as a result is probably overlooked by many who visit and don’t know about it. That may not be such a bad thing for those who choose to picnic there on a weekday or enjoy a walk with their dog, as it is still very much like a natural bird sanctuary with trees and
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