Fairlawn Playground, Waterbury, CT - This park is also smack dab in the middle of a neighborhood. Several houses actually face the park. There are a few parking spaces that line the street on two sides of the park, but I could see how parking might be an issue on really hot, busy days in the summer.

This park has one of nicest play structures I've seen, with really interesting rock walls, etc. Right next to the play structure is a simple splash pad and a gazebo for parents to keep in the shade.

Unfortunately, the splash pad has been vandalized with spray paint (and it's not even the colorful, interesting graffiti). I think there's a special place in h*ll for people who defile the places where children play.

The whole park, including the basketball courts, was surrounded with a nice, little fence. You can't tell from my photos, but everything is really close together so it feels very secure. There are several nice, open patches of green grass around, too, big enough for at least a few family picnics on a sunny day...

So, we may spend an afternoon here this summer. Our park has all the same stuff, technically, but this park might offer moms a change of scenery and kids an opportunity to enjoy climbing up and down all those interesting rock walls.


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