Lewis Park is a community-based park near the corner of Delmar Blvd and Big Bend in UCity. It's best utilized by the houses and people living nearby. Even though it's on Delmar, it's not easily accessible when traveling by car.
The hill and field are perfect for sled riding. We've been each winter because our friends live directly across the street. There's a smaller hill for younger kids and a bigger hill for older kids and adults.
The pond seems like the place I'll love when my kids are in college, and I can stop and actually take it in. The frog riding a bike statute in the middle will play tricks on your mind and be the most memorable takeaway.
And, lastly, you'll find the playgrounds on the far side of the park, closer to the neighborhood. It's a perfectly adequate playground if you visit with friends, but I wouldn't drive here without purpose.
It's essential to keep an eye on your kids at all times here, as small potential dangers lurk about. You must watch out for Delmar, the pond, and a couple of ledges along the way.
I'm not saying it's dangerous, as my kids have never had a problem in the half dozen times we've been here, but please put your phone in your pocket.
The older kid's playground is built around one tunnel slide. While it has a half dozen or so ways up to the central platform, the lack of creativity in getting down makes it a bit boring for older kids pretty quickly.
That is, unless they are old enough to scale the outside of the tunnel up to the top, then it has more pop for longer.
I'd say the ideal age for that playground is three-and-a-half to seven.
With one twisty slide and one straight slide, the younger kids' playground seems fun for little friends, but the ladders to get up require adult supervision. That makes it less desirable to come with kids under three.
The only other major apparatus is a swing set with two baby swings and two regular swings.
The minor apparati include two rocking chairs for little kids and a brick ledge.
Yep, there's a brick ledge as far south as you can go that my sons have traversed dozens of times. Significantly wider than a balance beam, minding the gap in the middle of the ledge makes for fun jumping.
Lewis Park Amenities And Miscellaneous
The biggest draw to Lewis Park, besides the frog in the bog, is the sledding. The picture doesn't do it justice, but that hill is excellent for older kids and adults. To the left (east) is a bunny hill for little kids.
It gets super crowded during sledding, so try to go on an off time if you can. Or make friends with the people that live across the street; that's what we did.
Other than that, the most notable amenity is the lack of amenities. There's no pavilion for parties or bathrooms for peeing.
So be ready to pee in the woods.
Or, again, make friends across the street for access to their bathroom. That's the only reason we're friends with them.
Parking At Lewis Park
The playground is as far from Delmar as possible, so the closest parking is in the neighborhood behind the back. We usually go down Yale, bear left at the fork, and then park at the secret walkway entrance.
For sledding, you want to park on Delmar as close as you can to the park. Delmar is busy, and when you're sledding, there's snow, so be careful with little ones.
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