Babes and playlands

My family and I frequent Caldwell Park, tucked just behind S-Mart at Pacific Ave. and West Alpine. It’s a nice area and has a small playground for toddlers with two toddler swings. A lot of parents I meet there say that this is one of the only parks they know of in Stockton with swings even at all.

I took the challenge. I called the city Parks and Rec office, but their answer wasn’t so solid. They gave me a few parks to try. So, I ventured out and looked at a few parks for myself, much to my toddler’s delight. It’s like she’s Goldilocks, and we’re on the hunt for parks that are a good fit for us to change up our play scene and to also give other parents an idea of where to go for their children that is age appropriate.

Here’s a small list of what we’ve checked out so far:

Sherwood Forest Park at West Robinhood and Claremont Avenue: Has two toddler swings and a small plastic play area for toddlers.

Atherton Park at Grouse Run Drive and Quail Lakes Drive: Has two regular swings and two toddler swings. This metal and wood structure might be more suitable for children older than 3. I say this conservatively. My 2-year-old daughter is adventurous but the big metal slide was too much for her as the sides are not raised for more protection.

Caldwell Park at Allston Way and West Alpine: Has two toddler swings and a medium-size plastic play structure for toddlers.

Holiday Park at Elaine and Kermit: Has two toddler swings and a metal and wood play structure suitable for children older than 3.

Please feel free to add to this list or email me: with your favorite parks and what they have to offer.

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