This past weekend, we started out at this park. It was actually on my list from last weekend, but we just ran out of time and energy. I’m so glad we went back though. It was well worth it! There were 5 slides: a roller slide, a concrete slide, a regular covered, plastic slide, a smaller slide with rollers, but they were vertical instead of horizontal, and then a long, red slide with waves. To get to the tip-top, there were numerous obstacles, bridges to cross, and ladders to climb.
Our next park was not to far away. I wasn’t sure if there was a playground, but we did manage to find a small one. I think this may have been the campus for the Okinawa Christian University. There was a track, walking trails, and a couple large buildings.
The last park was a pleasant surprise. It also had a track, walking trails, a baseball field, tennis courts, a small playground, and a great view! There was even signs along the trails showing what the flowers were.
A few weeks ago, we set out one afternoon to see what we could find. I had directions to a couple parks, but we never found them. You would think between directions and Google Maps it would be easy, but no. I thought we had found one when I rounded a corner and saw this thing from afar. Once we got there and climbed it, it was just a 4 story observatory. The view was great, but I didn’t really see the point of it. We walked back down and took a different path and I started to notice signs with birds and their names. We were at the Yacho-no-mori bird park. Yacho-no-mori actually means bird’s forest in Japanese. It was a neat little park and was actually on my list of places to go some day.
After the bird park, I headed towards one I knew how to get to. We managed to find another park along the way. It had a smaller roller slide and a good sized playground.
The last park that day, Yonagusuku Children’s Park, had an octopus structure. Little Miss saw a picture of it and she was really excited to go. It would have been great, but the park had not been kept up. It was in need of a serious mow, there was lots of trash, and the octopus just looked sad.
A few days later, after much searching on Google Earth, I managed to find a few more parks close to home. The first, Kisaragi, had a pink elephant slide. The rest of the playground was normal, but the slide was fun!
A few blocks away was another octopus! This one had been kept up. It was the main play thing at this park and Little Missy was so happy to see it!
The Rocket Park (Mashiki) was the last park that day. There is an incredibly large dome with a maze of ropes to climb to get to the top. There is a slide off the top of the dome, but you have to climb the ropes to get there. This is not a playground for little kids. Little Missy was too small to do it. She tried, but she couldn’t get past the first level of ropes. I’ll have to take Little Man back though, he’ll love it!
Sorry, I don’t know the names of all the parks. If you want directions, just ask!