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City Park Playground

4 Aug

I have to admit, I have driven by this park countless times since it has been renovated and thought it would be really fun for the girls but because of it’s location I was unsure about visiting. After realizing how short of a walk it was from the band shell and the summer concert series I decided to walk down before one of the concerts.

Location:  City Park- Hill Rd & Constitution Way, Reading, PA 19602. It is also accessible from N.11th street.

Accessibility:

  • The playground is close to many walking and parking options and is also near the band shell and basketball courts that are in City Park.
  • There are paved trails leading into the playground and throughout the park. The only difficulty I encountered was with the steep walk back to the band shell after we were done playing at the playground !
  • Under the play equipment is that foam, soft play surface ( I don’t know the official name for it).

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Amenities:

City Park Playground is really a great place to play !

  • The play equipment is built more horizontally rather then vertically, which is a great relief to many parents with toddlers. I really feel as though even if my toddler mistook an opening for a slide and fell she would not have been badly hurt, unlike many other playgrounds we visit where the fall would be close to 6 or 7ft high !
  • There is also a large,spider web type climbing area and a handful of baby and full size swings.
  • The Playground has a few benches and some other places to sit with a small covered area towards the back.
  • I did not see a public bathroom or a portable bathroom.

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Ages: This Playground would be good for “cruisers” on up, because of horizontal build it does make it a great place to learn for younger ones. The climbing, spider web area is defiantly meant for 2+ and even at 2 you would really have to help them !

I would defiantly recommend this park as a great activity before another event at the band shell or in the City of Reading

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City Park ~ Bandshell Concert Series

14 Jul

As many of you know last night was the first night of the Bandshell Concert Series located at City Park in Reading PA. Being a free, family oriented event we decided to make the short drive.

Location: City Park- Hill Rd & Constitution Way, Reading, PA 19602. You will see a giant band-shell !

Accessibility: Strollers, wagons, baby carriers or whatever floats your boat ! Parking is on either side of the roads surrounding the park, while it may be difficult to find a spot if you arrive later then 6:30pm for a 7pm concert, no one really has to park more then a block or two away. The Bandshell area is located on a grassy incline with a paved path around the outside. No matter where you are in the park you will have a view of the bandshell !

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Ages: this is definitely an all ages event. The majority of the people who were in attendance were either retirement age or younger couples with small children. The music and environment was much more fun then expected.

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Amenities: The Bandshell concert series features a number of different food and drink vendors that are located towards the back of the park. They also have trash/recycling throughout the park and portable bathrooms (at least for the concert series).

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Additional info: I would strongly suggest bringing chairs or blankets to sit on ! There is also a moat…yes I said moat ! that surrounds the bandshell. If you are sitting down in front ( where there are many people dancing) please be aware that there is water there and if your child is like mine they will be gunning to get in !!!

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Enjoying some french fries from Stephan’s Concessions !

While City Park is located in the City of Reading it feels like it is worlds away. The Bandshell Concert Series is a wonderful, free, family friendly event taking place on Friday nights at 7pm.