Playing in the Park

When you were a kid did you have a favorite park?

Curly Slide Park - Lagoon Park - Greater Ottumwa Park - Ottumwa, Iowa

One of my favorite parks was the one that we called Curly Slide Park or the Lagoon Park. I think that the official name was Greater Ottumwa Park.

I have a lot of great memories from this park.

Birthday parties, fishing with my Aunt and Uncle, play days where we just went and had a lot of fun and many other fun occasions.

The pictures in the post today were special pictures as I was there with my cousins and we were having a lot of fun. Especially going down the giant curly slide.

I wish I had a picture that showed the entire slide. It was so tall, especially for a young kid.

I am halfway up the ladder right behind one of my cousins and another cousin was getting ready for the big climb at the base of the ladder.

Ottumwa, Iowa - Curly Slide Park - Lagoon Park - Large Slide - Fun at the Park

My older sister was also sliding with us and she had on a real stylish outfit. I may have to write a post someday with more of her stylish outfits.

We would spend a lot of time climbing up the slide and coming back down and when we got tired it was on to the other playground equipment. Swings of several types, teeter-totters, more slides and merry-go-rounds.

Merry-Go-Round - Ottumwa, Iowa - Curly Slide Park - Playing with CousinsHere I am at the merry-go-round with two of my cousins. We would see how fast we could get the merry-go-round spinning. Of course, at this time we were taking it a bit easy as there was a little boy on the merry-go-round. It looks as if I was trying to keep my cousin from spinning the merry-go-round so that the little boy wouldn’t fall down. Maybe :-).

In the background of the picture you can barely make out a log that was carved into the shape of a car. How cool was that?

Of course, I would always gravitate back to the big yellow curly slide.

Big Curly Slide - Ottumwa, Iowa - Lagoon Park - Wind in my hairCan you tell that I was having fun? A big smile on my face and my hair blowing in the wind as I flew down the slide. Oh those carefree days long ago.

I still like the feel of my hair blowing in the wind. Sometimes you just have to open up the sun-roof, roll down the windows and go for a drive in the country and let the wind blow.

Wildwood Park was another of my favorite parks, but that is a different story :-).

Did you have a favorite park where you grew up?

What were your favorite types of playground equipment?


This post was originally written in May 2013 and is presented here with just a few minor changes.

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1 Response to Playing in the Park

  1. Pastor Cathy says:

    Three blocks north was a place I liked. Also the school I attended was just around the corner. It had swings, slide, and space to run. However my parents purchased a swing set I used . It had a swing, tweeter totter, and places to climb. The set was in the view of the kitchen window where my parents could watch. Sometimes they were in the yard with me hanging clothes, working, and cleaning weeds or mowing.

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