Imagine Playground is a newly renovated fully-inclusive park that reopened in March 2021, in Dublin. During our visit, my 5-year-old genuinely said, “this is the best playground ever!” I can’t promise your kid will have the same experience, but I can tell you why she (and I) felt Imagine Playground was super duper awesome and totally worth the drive.
Look for the giant head art installation shining from the road and you will easily find the very sweet and the surprisingly large, Imagine Playground. At first glance, this playground is sparkly and new. But what you don’t notice right away is how deceivingly large this playground actually is. Giant structures, sand pits, climbing domes, lovely landscaping, and all-abilities everything. I’m excited to see that inclusive playgrounds are the new black.
Imagine Playground Features
Location: 6700 Dublin Blvd at Dublin Sports Grounds (a 30-minute drive from Oakland).
Unique Features: Gosh, where to start? Here are my top four favorite features:
- It’s not all crammed together. The structures are nicely spaced apart with distinct play areas for each interest.
- Kid-powered carousel that goes super fast! This was both my daughters’ favorite. Watch out though because small toddlers can probably fly right off this thing.
- Unique disc-shaped climbing webs that are super high and I haven’t seen anywhere else. My oldest spent a good amount of time exploring these interesting climbing challenges, they’re hidden in the middle of the big kid structures.
- Full-size adult workout area just outside the perimeter of the playground. The exercise space is also shiny and brand new.
Swings: 10 that I counted, including bucket swings, baby swings, big kid swings, and a cute parent/kid swing for sharing.
Fenced in? Yes, but not 100%. Some of the perimeters are lined with benches, which I appreciate when you need a break. But kids can move in and out of the perimeter if they want to.
Surfaces: Impeccably clean, brand new, and bouncy. Outside the playground is a giant, grassy, sports field.
Bathroom: Yes, three. One has a changing table and all are big enough for strollers and wheelchairs.
Lunch tables & seating: Tons! There is also an inclusive, bright yellow picnic area with easy access to restrooms.
Parking: Plenty of free parking, with easy access to the playground.
Shade: Ample shade to be found all throughout the playground, both on the structures and sitting areas that have been outfitted with permanent canopies.
Covid-19 Restricted Occupancy: Yes, 64 patrons at a time.
- New playground smell? Is that a thing? I mean, this place is legit shiny.
- Just when I thought I’d seen all the latest and greatest playground structures, I was surprised and delighted to see innovative, inclusive structures and new playground features. What a delight!
- While I can appreciate a park that has something for everyone, this sprawling playground and park can be very challenging to watch two or more small kids. I lost track of my two-year-old even when I was watching her closely. The structures are difficult to see through as there just so much square footage (it’s kind of both a pro and con). Unless your kids enjoy playing together, dress them in bright colors to keep an easier eye on them. I only had one dressed brightly, so wasn’t totally prepared for this.
- It can be difficult to social distance with such a popular, new playground, especially on some of the coveted attractions like the carousel. If you or your family is in a high-risk group and want to visit, I recommend making the effort to get there on the earlier side to avoid crowds. It’s
hardimpossible to get my two-year-old to stay six feet away from every kid running around on the grounds, and I’m pretty sure there were more than 64 people.
More to do with kids in Dublin
To be honest, I haven’t spent much time in Dublin so we were happy to explore. We stopped at a few Indian stores to stock up on some hard-to-find grocery items and grab takeout for lunch after burning off so much energy.
Bottom Line on Imagine Playground in Dublin
This new playground is the bomb! We had so much fun exploring this new spot along with lots of other families. We arrived late morning on a weekday, and it was already busy. This playground is excellent for adventurous little kids and mixed age groups.
Pro tip: parents, definitely wear sneakers if you’re trying to keep track of more than one small kid and enjoy! We’ll be headed back to Dublin to visit and shop for sure.