Krusi Park in Alameda is a super fun playground to bring both toddlers and school-aged kids alike. With a huge play structure and swings for the big kids, a fenced toddler play area with oodles of climbing and sliding features, and lots of wide-open space for running around, Krusi Park is terrific. My four kids (ages 2, 4, 7, and 9) had so much fun, they asked to go two days in a row! Covid-19 restrictions apply, including mandatory masking, no eating in play areas, social distancing, and 30-minute time limit when crowded. More info here.
Krusi Park Features
Location: 900 Mound Street, Alameda 94501
Unique Features: Big and bright play structures; large sandbox and dragon structure; open space to run around; a stage for your thespian children.
Swings: Two baby bucket swings in the tot lot and 6 big kid swings by the larger play structure.
Fenced in? For the tot lot, mostly. The far side by the swings has a weird, open, un-fenced area where little ones can escape.
Surfaces: The tot lot has a mix of sand, wood chips, rubber mat and concrete. The big kid area has all wood chips.
Bathroom: Yes, in the brand new recreation building by the baseball field. Super clean!
Lunch tables & seating: Many benches and tables throughout. Also a stage area, which works nicely for a snack break or impromptu theatrical play.
Parking: Easy and free street parking is pretty much always available all around the park. I found it easy to park at the corner of Calhoun & High Street.
Shade: There are plenty of trees throughout, a shaded table area in the tot lot, and a shaded stage area.
Covid-19 Restricted Occupancy: No posted number, but masks are mandatory (it wasn’t too crowded on a weekday morning).
Pros: Mixed-age appropriate; lots of wide open space. Feels safely contained away from streets. Areas for scooters and bikes. Well maintained.
Cons: Bright yellow play structures can attract bees. Gap in tot lot fencing allows toddlers to escape.
Krusi Park Tot Lot
The tot lot in Krusi Park is pretty big as far as tot lots go, and offers a ton of fun options for your kiddos under five. The play structure is challenging yet approachable for my 2- and 4-year olds. The little play house and sand area are fun for imaginative play. There’s also a large dragon, or perhaps it’s a sea serpent, “swimming” in the tot lot that adds a welcome touch of whimsy. There are shaded tables and two bucket swings to round out your tot lot experience. Also, the layout is such that you can easily supervise your little kids in the tot lot and keep an eye on your big kids in the larger play area. Be aware though, the tot area is fenced, but there’s a section near the swings that has a gap where your little ones may escape (yes, it’s annoying).
Krusi Park Big Kid Play Area
When my kids saw the bright yellow play structure at Krusi Park they squealed with glee. Something about the size and bright colors really struck their fancy. My kids love playing all sorts of different versions of tag, and the many slides, tunnels, bridges, monkey bars and ladders are ideal for such games. The plethora of swings is also a plus, since waiting for a turn is never easy. We also brought our scooters and found the sidewalk loops around the park ideal for both my little kids and big boys. My big kids also played a little soccer in the grassy field. We did encounter a bee on one slide, so I wonder if the bright yellow color might attract bees in the spring and summer. Just a thought.
The Bottom Line on Krusi Park in Alameda
Krusi Park is a big, vibrant and well maintained park that’ll keep your toddlers and big kids entertained for hours. Bring sand toys, a soccer ball and scooters to enhance your visit. For the theatrical kids in your family, the stage area is a fun option to put on a little play or belt out your favorite Frozen song (we were treated to one such spectacle. It was beyond cute). During this Covid-19 time, try to come at off-times (like before 10am) to avoid the possibility of crowds. And wear a mask!