This is my first playground review. I would love to hear your feedback about the review, let me know in the comments. I’m going to tell you about the playground at David Sills Canyon Community Park previously known as “Lower Peters Canyon Community Park”.
The park has two big sports fields (softball/baseball and soccer) and tennis courts (8 lighted courts) , but given that this is about parenting and kids and stuff, we’ll focus on the playground area for the little ones.
You’ll find the park in Irvine, on the corner of Culver and Bryan. There is lots of parking and you’ll be just about 20 to 30 feet from the playground area.
This park was renamed to David Sills Canyon Community Park on May 31 2014. Its original name was Lower Peters Canyon Community Park. You’ll find the park at 3901 Farwell, Irvine, CA 92602.
One side has a climb and play structure in the shape of a ship. It features an articulated wide bridge, a look-out bubble, a periscope and a musical noise maker device. The other side has a climb structure for older kids and I’ll get into that in a bit.
The ground is a mix of sand and that soft blue chunky stuff so the falls will be softened by that. And if you look closely you’ll notice some ocean themed designs on the ground; these could be cool to explore and highlight when looking from a high vantage point.
The two sections of the playground are separated by a little hill with some trees that provide shade and let you overlook both main areas. You can also sit at some tables at the end of either side of the park under a nice shaded area. Perfect area to have a snack or even lunch.
If you don’t care much for the shade or the tables, you will find benches so you can sit down and soak up the sun while your kids play.
As you go to the other side of the playground you’ll find that the structure there is geared towards older kids. It is much taller and the features in it are a little more risky and advanced.
There is a steep climbing wall with a chain that leads up to two bigger slides, one covered and another uncovered one. There is also a bridge which takes you to another slide and a tower to climb.
Claire’s always been attracted to the “big kids” side of the park. She loves walking across the step-stools and they have two sets of those, one set that is close to the ground and a second one and that has a step that is as about 3 feet high.
I really like this park because it’s conveniently located, there are lots of green areas to run around if the playground gets boring and the restrooms are just around the corner. Claire likes to check out the tennis games from time to time and we run around the softball field a lot too.
There is also a post office within a couple hundred yards if you need it. After you’re done playing at the park with your kids, you can drive less than a mile away you’ll find The (Tustin) Market Place where you can continue your day running errands, shopping or eating. That is definitely convenient, there is even a movie theatre there.
The only thing I consider a saftey issue here is the two big streets. Bryan is far from the playground but Culver is a stone’s throw away from where you can sit and watch your kids. I really don’t worry much about it but I remain vigilant as we get close to that side of the park.