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Parks & Playgrounds List

The Northeast Ohio area has so many attractions and events to offer area families. However, as the parent of a child who struggles, you may feel your child cannot handle the sensory overload of Cedar Point or wouldn't have the attention span to visit a University Circle museum.

If your family struggles finding outside activities that work for everyone, how about visiting some of the area's playgrounds? The following parks and playgrounds are recommended by other Connecting for Kids families for their activities, safety, and enjoyment.

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Worth The Drive

The following parks are outside the Connecting for Kids service area, but are worth the drive:

Avon

Avon Village School Playground
36600 Detroit Rd., Avon, OH 44011

Hours: Daily, dawn-dusk. A sign is posted that the playground is not to be used while school is in session.
Restroom: Portable toilets
Fenced: One play set is fenced, another partially fenced with a rail fence. There is also a tall fence between the playground and Detroit Rd.
Roadway/Water Nearby: Close to Detroit Rd.
Adapted Equipment: The fenced play set is wheelchair accessible and offers hand activities.  There is one adapted swing. A second play set (not fenced) also includes some hand and sensory activities but it is on mulch and not wheelchair accessible.

Parent Comments: This playground has a blend of old and new equipment, including three play sets and lots of swings. Families we talked to on the playground said they enjoyed this spot because it is almost never crowded. Sections of the playground are fenced, but the fence is low and likely not suitable for a child who is determined to adventure. There is some shade at one end of the playground, but not a lot.

Every Child's Playground
36265 Detroit Rd, Avon, OH 44011

Park Website: cityofavon.com
Hours: Daily, dawn-dusk
Restrooms: Portable toilets, 1 handicap accessible
Fenced: No
Roadway/Water Nearby: About 300 yards from Detroit Rd. Next to pool, but the pool is enclosed.
Adapted Equipment: Multiple pieces of adapted equipment.

Parent Comments: When this park is finished, it will be a real gem. At the moment, it still has quite a few rough spots - including portable toilets, coarse gravel parking and no fence. There is a huge variety of adapted equipment available, including pieces that engage children with sensory, visual and mobility differences. Playground surface is packed mulch but families report that it is firm enough to get wheels across. There is no shade on the playground but a wooded area and small pavilion are nearby.

Northgate Park
2155 Eaton Dr., Avon, OH 44011

Park Website: cityofavon.com
Hours: Daily, dawn-dusk
Restroom: Yes (see below)
Fenced: No

Roadway/Water Nearby: There is a small lake with a fountain on the property. A walking path around the park circles the lake.

Parent Comments: Good visibility (easy to watch more than one child on different equipment) and different play sets for different age groups. There is a soccer field near the playground and a covered picnic shelter close by. There is also a sand box very near the playground. Bathrooms are available across the street in the Lions Club community building. They are usually open.

Schwartz Road Park
35001 Schwartz Rd., Avon, OH 44011

Park Website: cityofavon.com
Hours: Daily, dawn-dusk
Restroom: Yes
Fenced: No
Roadway/Water Nearby: No
Adapted Equipment: None

Parent Comments: This park is far from the roadway and has all new playground equipment for different age groups. There is also a picnic shelter close by. New climbing equipment was added in 2018 as well that has a great "American Ninja Warrior" feel to it.

Veteran’s Memorial Park
3701 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Avon, OH 44011

Park Website: cityofavon.com
Hours: Daily, 8:00 a.m. - dusk
Restroom: Yes
Fenced: No
Roadway/Water Nearby: Parking lot is close but not very busy. Quite far from the road. A water retention pond is within sight of the playground.
Adapted Equipment: None. This playground is also set a step up onto a turf surface, making it impossible to access with a wheelchair.

Parent Comments: This small park sits FAR back from the road and has lots of visibility, making it easy to keep track of multiple children. It is surrounded by baseball fields and can get very busy on game nights, but it is quiet during the day. A picnic pavilion provides shade. There is also a sand pit.

Avon Lake

Belle Road Park
360 Armour Rd.. Avon Lake, OH 44012

Park Website: activityreg.com
Hours: Daily, dawn-dusk
Restrooms: Yes
Fenced: Partial rail fence to separate private property
Road/Water Nearby: No
Adapted Equipment: None

Parent Comments: Part of the Lorain County Metroparks, this small neighborhood playground is unique in the fact that is is connected via paved nature trails to the Avon Lake Public Library and its sister park, Sunset Park. Families who need a little extra activity can benefit by parking at any one of these three locations and walking the trails between them (about 3 miles round trip).

Bleser Park & Avon Lake Play Space (ALPS)
32800 Electric Blvd., Avon Lake, OH 44012

Park Website: www.activityreg.com
Hours: Daily, dawn-dusk
Restroom: Yes (open on a seasonal basis)
Fenced: Partial
Roadway/Water Nearby: There is a public beach across Lake Rd. at Veteran's Memorial Park.
Adapted Equipment: The park has ramp access and a little red swing that can be used by smaller children with disabilities.

Parent Comments: This park sits FAR back from the road and has a semi-fenced area for younger children that is pretty easy to guard. The play area for older children is open and visibility is not that great, but there are lots of things to play on. The park is also located across the street from a public beach.

Eastview Elementary School
230 Lear Rd, Avon Lake, OH 44012

Park Website: avonlakecityschools.org
Hours: Daily, dawn-dusk, except during school hours
Restrooms: None, however the park is less than 1 mile from Learwood Square shopping plaza. Bathrooms are available at Giant Eagle.
Fenced: No
Roadway/Water Nearby: No roadway or water hazards but there are woods close to the park
Adapted Equipment: Multiple pieces of adapted equipment.

Parent Comments: This quiet playground is located behind Eastview Elementary school and includes several pieces of adapted equipment. There is a paved path to a handicap accessible merry-go-round and a collection of musical toys. The musical toys are on mulch but close enough to the pavement that a wheelchair/stroller could be pushed over. The playground has partial shade and loads of play opportunities on a giant climber. Swings are also available (not shown in photographs) but there are no infant/toddler or adapted swings.

Sunset Park
Between Division Rd. and Stoneybrook, Avon Lake, OH 44012

Park Website: activityreg.com
Hours: Daily, dawn-dusk
Restrooms: No
Fenced: No
Road/Water Nearby: No
Adapted Equipment: None

Parent Comments: Part of the Lorain County Metroparks, this small neighborhood playground is unique in the fact that is is connected via paved nature trails to the Avon Lake Public Library and its sister park, Belle Road Park. Families who need a little extra activity can benefit by parking at any one of these three locations and walking the trails between them (about 3 miles round trip).

Weiss Field
33401 Webber Rd., Avon Lake, OH 44012 (Map)

Hours: Daily, dawn-dusk
Restroom: Yes (open on a seasonal basis)
Fenced: No

Roadway/Water Nearby: There is a creek south of the playground and dog park.

Parent Comments: The playground at Weiss Field is made from artificial turf and is a great alternative after wet weather. The park is set back off the road and next to the city's dog park. Visibility varies depending on vantage point. This park also has water misters for hot days that the kids really seem to enjoy.

Bay Village

Play-in-Bay
27134 Lake Rd.. Bay Village, OH 44140

Park Website: thebayvillagefoundation.org
Hours: 7:00 a.m. to dusk
Restroom: Yes (outside of Aquatic Center)
Fenced: Yes
Roadway/Water Nearby: The park is located next to Dover Center Rd., but is fully fenced to prevent children from wandering from safety.
Adapted Equipment: The park includes an adapted swing.

Parent Comments: This partly-shaded park has LOTS of equipment, making it hard to keep track of kids, even with the gate and fence. There are two distinct areas with preschool and elementary-age play sets. The preschool area also includes a sand pit that the community has loaded with dump trucks. The elementary age area is a complex network of climbers. Located within walking distance from Huntington Beach Reservation.

Reese Park
301 Clague Rd., Bay Village, OH 44140 (Map)

Hours: Daily, closes at 11 PM
Restroom: ?
Fenced: No

Roadway/Water Nearby: ?

Parent Comments: Features an ADA Fully Accessible playground. Can you add comments for this park? Click here.

Berea

Parknoll Park
499 Nobottom Rd., Berea, OH 44017

Park Website: cityofberea.org
Hours: Daily, dawn-dusk
Restroom: Portable toilets near baseball diamonds
Fenced: No
Roadway/Water Nearby: None
Adapted Equipment: Adapted swing

Parent Comments: This quiet playground features updated equipment, suitable for many different age levels. It is not fenced but can only be accessed by a road that has low traffic. An adapted swing is available. The park surface is mulch and there is a ramp up to access it from the main parking lot.

Elyria

Cascade Park Inclusive Playground
170 Cascade St, Elyria, OH 44035

Park Website: metroparks.cc
Hours: Daily, dawn-dusk
Restroom: Yes
Fenced: Partial fence
Roadway/Water Nearby: This playground overlooks the Black River. A rock and water play space are also included within the playground (see parent comments).
Adapted Equipment: Adapted swings, handicap accessible play set, hand-activated activities, glider and more on a wheelchair-friendly turf playground.

Parent Comments: This renovated playground opened in 2018 and includes a diverse selection of activities for children of all abilities. Central to the playground is a rock and water play area and families should be prepared for their children to get wet. The playground is identified as a Playcore National Demonstration Site for its attention to the 7 principles of inclusion.

Fairview Park

Bohlken Park Playground
3701 W. 210th St., Fairview Park, OH 44126 (Map)

Hours: Daily, dawn-dusk
Restroom: Yes
Fenced: No

Roadway/Water Nearby: ?

Parent Comments: Can you add comments for this park? Click here.

Morton Park
22301 Morton Ave., Fairview Park, OH 44126 (Map)

Hours:
Open Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Restroom: Yes
Fenced: No
Roadway/Water Nearby: Safe from road. No water other than fenced-in splash pad.

Parent Comments: We LOVE this splash park. It is at a playground and the signs say residents only, but there is no one staffing the splash park (or checking IDs). The main reason I love this place is it is completely fenced in. Large grassy area with shade, and also a big umbrella to sit under. You can easily see children playing in splash park and nearby playground at the same time. Great visibility, very nice splash park! Includes accessible playground equipment.

Lakewood

Lakewood Park
14532 Lake Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107

Park Website: onelakewood.com
Hours: 6:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Restroom: Yes
Fenced: Most of the park is fenced; however, there are openings to access the parking lot and picnic pavilion.
Roadway/Water Nearby: The playground is on the lake (about 200 yards). There is no beach at Lakewood Park, but lake access is readily available with a handicap ramp or steps.
Adapted Equipment: Large selection of adapted equipment, including a wheelchair accessible play set and adapted swings.

Parent Comments: This park has loads of activities to engage kids of all ages and abilities. There are three play sets (one features a wheelchair accessible ramp and hand activities). In addition to the more traditional play sets, the park has an aerial playground with bridges. All play areas are well set apart, ensuring good visibility. Due to the popularity, this park can be crowded.

Kaufmann Park
15450 Detroit Rd., Lakewood, OH 44126 (Map)

Hours: Daily, dawn-dusk
Restroom: Yes (no hours posted for restrooms and they are sometimes locked)
Fenced: No

Roadway/Water Nearby: No water. A safe distance from the road/parking lot. There is a train that runs to the back of the park that blows it's whistle. We were there 2x and it came by each time. Can be difficult for those with hearing sensitivity.

Parent Comments: Age appropriate for my boys (4 & 2). Lots of grass running space. Away from traffic. Swings are separate from the play set so less collisions.

North Olmsted

North Olmsted Clague Park
Near 3000 Clague Rd., North Olmsted, OH 44070 (Map)

Hours:
Daily, dawn-dusk
Restroom: No
Fenced: No
Roadway/Water Nearby: No

Parent Comments: This park is set back far from the street and quite shaded during the day. During the summer, evenings are busy with baseball games. Other than that, it is usually not busy at all. There are two main play areas, and a swing set. There are two baseball fields, one soccer field, and a walking path next to it. There is a pavilion, no restrooms (though occasionally I’ve seen portable bathrooms during baseball season). It is right down the street from a Starbucks, a CVS, Malley's, and two gas stations (all at Clague and Lorain) if you are in need of a restroom.

North Olmsted Community Park
28114 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted, OH 44070 (Map)

Hours: Daily, dawn-dusk
Restroom: Yes
Fenced: No

Roadway/Water Nearby: Park sits between two roads with frequent traffic (which can make it difficult to keep your child safe if they wander).

Parent Comments: Park sits far back from Lorain Rd., behind the baseball fields.  The park has a variety of equipment, including a handicap-accessible swing and sand pit with built-in digger.

North Ridgeville

South Central Park
7565 Avon Belden Rd., North Ridgeville, OH 44039 (Map)

Hours: Daily, dawn-dusk
Restroom: Yes
Fenced: No

Roadway/Water Nearby: Near water

Parent Comments: Park includes a residents-only splash pad (open 8 AM -10 PM during summer season). There are a lot of trees, making it good for hot days. Park also includes a nature path and nice equipment for all ages.

North Royalton

Memorial Park
14600 State Rd., North Royalton 44133 (Map)

Hours: daily, dawn-dusk
Restroom: Yes
Fenced: Yes
Roadway/Water Nearby: Road and water are not issues at this park.

Parent Comments: Can you add comments for this park? Click here.

Olmsted Falls

East River Park
7850 Lewis Rd., Olmsted Falls, OH 44138 (Map)

Hours: Daily, dawn-dusk
Restroom: Yes
Fenced: No

Roadway/Water Nearby: Playground runs close to the falls

Parent Comments: This park has a nice hill for kids to run up and down to burn energy as well as for sled riding in the winter. However, the playground does run close to the bank of the falls. There’s a wooden fence however it could be easily accessed just by climbing over. There’s also an overlook deck that offers beautiful views but again easy to climb.

Village Green Park
Columbia Rd. & Water St., Olmsted Falls, OH 44138 (Map)

Hours: Daily, dawn-dusk
Restroom: Yes
Fenced: No

Roadway/Water Nearby: Park is close to two roads (which can make it difficult to keep your child safe if they wander).

Parent Comments: Includes a newly-renovated spray fountain and small playground. Can you add comments for this park? Click here.

Parma

All Kids Playground
James Day Park, 11828 W Pleasant Valley Rd, Parma, OH 44130

Hours: Daily, dawn-dusk
Restroom: Yes
Fenced: No
Roadway/Water Nearby: Park has a small fence but it is not adequate to prevent access from Pleasant Valley Rd. (less than 100 yards away). Town pool is also nearby but not a concern.

Parent Comments: Can you add comments for this park? Click here.

Rocky River

Bates Road Tot Lot
711 Bates Rd., Rocky River, OH 44116

Park Website: rrcity.com
Hours:
Daily, dawn-dusk
Restroom: Yes (open on a seasonal basis, generally from mid-April to October)
Fenced: Yes

Roadway/Water Nearby: ?

Parent Comments: Handicap-accessible park geared toward children ages 2-5 years old. Good visibility throughout.

City Hall Park
21012 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, OH 44116

Park Website: rrcity.com
Hours: Daily, dawn-dusk
Restrooms: Restrooms are available at the community center.
Fenced: No
Roadway/Water Nearby: The park is very close to Hilliard and busy traffic. There is no fence between the park and the road.
Adapted Equipment: Multiple pieces of adapted equipment, including a wheel chair accessible climber.

Parent Comments: This playground offers many integrated play opportunities for children with mobility challenges with a large, wheel chair accessible climber. Paved paths lead to the park and the climber path, but children who want to use other sections of the playground may struggle with stepping down to the mulch surface. Age appropriate climbers are available and there is plenty of shade. Families can also enjoy a picnic in the large gazebo overlooking the playground.

Elmwood Park
600 Elmwood Rd., Rocky River, OH 44116

Park Website: rrcity.com
Hours:
Daily, dawn-dusk
Restroom: Yes (open on a seasonal basis, generally from mid-April to October)
Fenced: ?
Roadway/Water Nearby: ?

Parent Comments: Elmwood Park is set back in a residential area. Very easy to keep track of multiple kids.

Linden Park
3600 Linden Rd, Rocky River, OH 44116

Park Website: rrcity.com
Hours:
Daily, dawn-dusk
Restroom: Yes (open on a seasonal basis, generally from mid-April to October)
Fenced: No
Roadway/Water Nearby: Roughly 200 yards from Linden Rd. The street has some traffic but was not terribly busy.
Adapted Equipment: None

Parent Comments: This playground sits between tennis and basketball courts and features play areas for both preschool and elementary aged children. Parking is paved and a sidewalk takes you to the park (and a small picnic shelter) but it is not possible to get a stroller/wheel chair into the playground easily. The elementary age climber includes a large tree-house structure that is the highest off the ground we've ever seen. It also offers climbing walls and big slides. Plenty of shade and great vantage points from benches surrounding the playground make it easy to keep an eye on kids.

Martin Park
3900 Kings Mill Run, Rocky River, OH 44116

Park Website: rrcity.com
Hours:
Daily, dawn-dusk
Restroom: Yes (open on a seasonal basis, generally from mid-April to October)
Fenced: Partial

Roadway/Water Nearby: ?

Parent Comments: It is 3/4 fenced in, a pavilion with bathrooms, walking track, basketball court, playground, baseball diamond. It's at the end of a development, not busy and is fantastic!!! Check it out!!

Rocky River Park
20250 Beachcliff Blvd., Rocky River, OH 44116

Park Website: rrcity.com
Hours:
Daily, dawn-dusk
Restroom: Yes (open on a seasonal basis, generally from mid-April to October)
Fenced: ?

Roadway/Water Nearby: ?

Parent Comments: This park has a beach, but no swimming. Can you add comments for this park? Click here.

Sheffield/Sheffield Lake

Guenther Park
5491 Walker Rd., Sheffield Lake, OH 44054

Hours: Daily, dawn-dusk
Restroom: Portable toilet, not handicap accessible
Fenced: A rail fence sits between the park and Walker Rd. but it is easy to get around
Roadway/Water Nearby: Less than 50 yards form Walker Rd.
Adapted Equipment: None

Parent Comments: This park is in a quite neighborhood and usually there are only a couple kids playing there at a time; however, it gets quite busy on Saturday and Sunday during soccer season. The park offers relatively new equipment, including a climber with multiple slides, swings, a spinner and a bouncer. There is no shade on the playground, but a picnic pavilion sits nearby.

Solon

Solon Community Playground
6679 SOM Center Rd, Solon, OH 44139

Park Website: solonohio.org
Hours: Daily, dawn-dusk
Restrooms: Handicap accessible bathrooms located next to playgrounds
Fenced: Toddler preschool area is fenced; school-aged playground is not fenced
Roadway/Water Nearby: About 300 yards from SOM Center Rd.
Adapted Equipment: Multiple pieces of adapted equipment and padded play surface that accommodates strollers/wheel chairs.

Parent Comments: This playground includes two play areas on a padded play surface that is stroller/wheel chair accessible. The toddler/preschool area includes adapted swings and is fenced. The elementary age play area offers a wheel chair accessible climber, slides, swings, and other climbing activities. paved parking and path are available to access the playground. There is no shade on the playground, but a pavilion sits nearby. Families can also visit the safety town next to the play ground area to practice safety skills.

Westlake

Bradley Nature Park
3800 Bradley Rd., Westlake, OH 44145 (Map)

Hours:
Daily, dawn-dusk
Restroom: No
Fenced: No
Roadway/Water Nearby: The park sits back from Bradly Rd., but a shallow pond is easily accessible from the playground.

Parent Comments: Off the beaten path, this park is usually not too crowded. Equipment suits multiple age ranges and visibility is good for families with multiple children. Frog pond is fun to visit during spring and summer. Sledding hill during the winter.

Clague Park
1400 Clague Rd., Westlake, OH 44145 (Map)

Hours: Daily, dawn-dusk
Restroom: Yes (by pool)
Fenced: No

Roadway/Water Nearby: Road is a good distance from the playground equipment. There is also a duck pond on the other side of the pool.

Parent Comments: Playground equipment at this park is spread out, making it hard to keep an eye on multiple children - but there is a lot to do and equipment is set up by age. This park also includes a duck pond that is a lot of fun for families.

Hillard Elementary School Playground
24365 Hillard Rd., Westlake, OH 44145

Park Website: wlake.org
Hours: Open for use when school is not in session
Restroom: No
Fenced: The preschool portion of this playground is fenced. Swings and elementary-age section are not.
Roadway/Water Nearby: The playground is located behind Hilliard Elementary, which is located on Hilliard Rd. Children playing outside the fenced area are within 100 yards of a busy roadway.
Adapted Equipment: None

Parent Comments: This shaded playground has good visibility, different play sets for different age groups, and other activities nearby.

Roman Park
28200 Ranney Parkway, Westlake, OH 44145 (Map)

Hours: Daily, dawn-dusk
Restroom: Yes
Fenced: No

Roadway/Water Nearby: Road and water are not issues.

Parent Comments: Not fenced and no shade but never anyone else there in the mornings.

Westlake Recreation Center Playground
28955 Hilliard Blvd, Westlake, OH 44145

Park Website: cityofwestlake.org
Hours: Daily, dawn-dusk
Restroom: Yes, handicap accessible
Fenced: No
Roadway/Water Nearby:
There is a pond on the property, but it is not visible from the playground.
Adapted Equipment: Multiple pieces, including a wheel chair accessible climber and adapted swings.

Parent Comments: This playground very large. It has different play sets for different ages, making it hard to keep an eye on multiple children. It is not shaded, but shade umbrellas are positioned along the perimeter to give you a break. The two larger climbers are on mulch, but the smaller (adapted) climber is on an artificial surface, making it ideal for wheel chairs and strollers.

It is next to open soccer field that leads up to a hill. If you have a child who tends to run, this can be a stressor (from personal experience).

Worth The Drive

Inclusive Playground at Hollstein Reservation
47160 Hollstein Drive Amherst, OH 44001 (Map)

Hours: 6am - 8pm
Restroom: Yes
Fenced: Yes

Roadway/Water Nearby: The park includes a supervised fishing pond and splash pad.

Parent Comments: According to the website, a day pass for the playground is $2 (a three-month membership can be purchased for $40). The fee may be waived for children with orthopedic and other concerns. Playground includes a splash pad, wheelchair accessible equipment, and access to a quiet room + sensory room. It's an absolutely amazing park!

Preston's H.O.P.E. Playground
26001 South Woodland, Beachwood, OH 44122 (Map)

Hours:
Daily, 8 AM - 9 PM
Restroom: Yes (open April - October)
Fenced: Yes
Roadway/Water Nearby: ?

Parent Comments: Free and open to the public. Be warned that although it is fenced in, this playground is very large. Unless you have an older child that you can trust to be on their own without supervision, I would recommend that you have a one adult to one child ratio when you visit.

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