My family loves going to a park. We like to travel around the city to try out new parks and to just explore. We do this all year long. We really take the one hour of outside activity to heart. If you happen to be driving past a park and see some crazy adults and kids playing when it’s not very “park-like” weather, give a toot and a wave as it’s probably me and my family.
Our latest “new to us” park is on the outskirts of Symmes Township (this must be located on the cross borders of Blue Ash, Sharonville and Symmes) on Conrey Rd. It has the curious name of being called Francis RecreAcres and it’s part of the Hamilton County Park District. We first discovered this park this past Christmas Eve when we decided to have an impromptu picnic (told you we were crazy 😉 ).
The playset is brand spanking new and it’s FANTASTIC. The Hamilton County Park District totes this as their most universally accessible playground with some great features:
- A rubber safety surface that allows access to all areas of the playground for users of all abilities.
- A “Power Scape” area of play that encourages physical fitness and coordination.
- An array of bright colors to increase visual stimulation and playable musical instruments to increase auditory function.
- Shade structures for a more enjoyable play experience.
- An increase in accessible play area and play features (compared to former playground).
In addition to the playground area, this park has a nice walking path (not sure how long around it is – perhaps a 1/3 mile or so). There’s a couple of soccer fields so we’re thinking this park is probably packed on weekends in the Spring and Fall.
The park has bathroom facilities and a refreshment stand (both closed this time of year). Francis RecreAcres is located at 11982 Conrey Road Cincinnati, OH 45249 and is right next door to the Sharonville location of the SPCA. Conrey is off of Kemper Rd.
We’re super fortunate in Cincinnati to such a vast number of great parks, be sure to head on out and explore them.
When not blogging for Family Friendly Cincinnati, you can find Karen writing at her personal blog, Little World After All.