We’re grateful to guest writer, Megan Small, for sharing her experiences at the Alameda Point Neighborhood Park. Megan is one of our favorite photographers, mompreneur behind the Dolly Project, and parent to an active toddler and 4 1/2-year-old children. So, she knows what’s up!
The Alameda Point Neighborhood Park is a new hidden gem on the former Alameda Navy Base, it’s surrounded by new construction but a short distance from Spirit Alley and the Target shopping center.
Being a mom to an active toddler and a 4.5-year old, I often find myself having to choose between a baby park and the kids’ park; this playground accommodates both: it has great visibility for the toddler to swing while big brother climbs and lots of space to run!
A few highlights which are a huge score for Mom:
- The ground is made of squishy foam, which makes it super fun to run on and also it’s clean! There is no bark or sand to clean out of shoes or the baby’s mouth.
- Though there are only two swings, there is a double swing that fits two kids! I was able to enjoy both kids at the same time swinging together!!
- There are benches around the perimeter of the park for parents and lots of picnic tables.
- Thank goodness for accessible bathrooms and lots of parking.
If you go during the day, the parking is pretty busy because of all the construction going on, but after 4 pm, there are plenty of places to park.
Fun fact: The custom Elephant Play Whale net play structure pays homage to Allie the Whale who lived in the Bay off Alameda during the summer of 2019.
Location: Point your GPS to 1101 West Redline Avenue, Alameda
Thank you to Megan Small, for sharing her experiences at the Alameda Point Neighborhood Park. She and her sister started the Dolly Project, a handcrafted weekly box educating children aged 2 to 5 with art projects and exploration at home.