Come to Solano Playlot in Richmond for playtime or picnic time. This small park features a nice playground and grassy area. It’s a short walk to local favorites like Tacos El Tucan and Catahoula Coffee Co, or a quick drive to Bougie Babies, Richmond Art Center or the great children’s programming at Richmond Public Main Library.
I took my daughter to play at Solano Playlot at the end of summer. It was a little busy, but that only shows that this park is well loved by locals! There is a toddler play area with a small slide, sand pit, and equipment for pretend play, but the large big kid play-structure was the main attraction. My preschooler had a blast exploring all the climbing elements and slides. There is a realistic looking rock wall and two really tall slides: a covered tunnel slide and a retro metal slide.
Sadly, the park doesn’t have restrooms on site. But we walked down to Catahoula to use the restroom and get a drink: kids hot chocolate for her and Mexi-Mocha for me. IYKYK.
Solano Playlot Features
Location: 38th St & Solano Ave, Richmond
Unique Features: Located in a residential neighborhood and not far from shops and restaurants along San Pablo Ave, this park has a variety of climbing structures, tall slides, swings, small grassy area, and spinners. Plus, there is a little kids play space complete with slide, pretend play area, and sandpit. This park is great for tots to grade schoolers.
Swings: Yes, plus bucket swings for small babies
Fenced in? Yes, hooray!
Surfaces: The playground area is covered in wood chips.
Lunch tables & seating: A few tables and benches places around the playlot. There’s also a water fountain.
Parking: Easy and free street parking.
Shade: There is limited shade on the playground area and grassy spaces.
Pros: Variety of equipment; clean and well maintained; appropriate for mixed ages; easy to watch children while playing in any area.
Cons: Limited shade; no restroom; located in a plot of land that’s surrounded by streets.
The Bottom Line on Solano Playlot
We had a great time visiting and playing at Solano Playlot. It’s a true neighborhood park with some great features. My preschooler was able to play but also work on her coordination, balance and strength while at the park. It’s proximity to cafes, restaurants and other kid-friendly spots make it a must-see destination in Richmond.