Spring is here and it is finally time to get those kiddos outside! Thanks to a variety of playgrounds around town, there’s a way for every child to stay active. Our guide provides you with all you need to know to navigate Findlay’s best outdoor play areas for kids.
Riverbend Recreation Area
16618 Township Road 208, Findlay
Features: There are three different playgrounds at Riverbend so take some time to explore and choose the one that’s right for your family.
The Meadows features Tree House Adventure Playground which has a variety of slides and ways to climb up into treehouse-like landings (typically a hit with the big kids).
Oxbow is the perfect playground for toddlers and preschoolers with baby swings and smaller climbing equipment.
Big Oaks has a combination of equipment that will appeal to both big and little kids, making it a great choice when you have multiple kids with a wide age range. Riverbend is also an ideal place to hike, play disc golf, fish or let furry friends run at the dog park.
Tips: Paved paths wind through the park and connect playgrounds, so bring your bikes, scooters and helmets and let the kids ride to their heart’s content.
3430 North Main Street, Findlay
Features: This new playground is a must-see! Miracle Park opened last fall with a baseball field and playground for children of all abilities to enjoy, and it is impressive. With sensory-stimulating activities, a variety of slides, handicap-accessible swings and more, there are plenty of unique ways for little ones to play. The playground is covered with a rubberized surface for safe landings and awnings provide some shade during sunny days. A little bit “off the beaten path” but well worth exploring!
Tips: This playground can be a little tricky to find, so follow the signs to Miracle Park behind the Marathon Diamonds. This is not the same playground as the one adjacent to The Cube parking lot. Miracle Park can also be accessed from County Road 99 near Interstate 75.
Litzenberg Memorial Woods
6100 U.S. Route 224, Findlay
Features: The playground at Litzenberg is fairly small but its setting is large and magnificent. This park is truly a great asset on the west side of town. In addition to slides and climbing structures, families can explore nature trails, take a walk through the 1800’s period garden or visit the 1847 McKinnis homestead during public programs. Make time to explore the area, incorporate a history lesson and take in the beautiful sights and sounds of nature.
Tips: Restrooms and a drinking fountain are attached to the large red Activity Barn. Hiking trails are great for family activities and trails are color-coded with markers throughout to guide you. Download a map of Litzenberg Memorial Woods with information about each trail at hancockparks.com
231 McManness Avenue, Findlay
Features: Hancock County’s oldest park has a beautiful location overlooking the Blanchard River. With plenty of large shade trees and open areas to run, Riverside is an ideal place to spend a lazy summer day. The main playground is nestled next to the river and features equipment for both younger and older kids including double teeter-totters (2 kids on each side), twisty slides and a tire swing. Head across McManness Avenue for a playground with smaller equipment, an adorable wooden playhouse and a rubberized play surface.
Tips: Zonta Landing Boat Rentals is open from 1-7pm on weekends beginning Memorial Day and continuing through Labor Day. Canoes, kayaks and pedal boats can be rented for $5 per half hour. Plan accordingly and add some fun water activities to your park day! Contact Hancock Parks District for more information, hancockparks.com