La Moine Park, better known to the locals as the Cheese Park, is located in a quiet hillside neighborhood in Richmond near El Sobrante. This 18-acre park features play structures for preschool-age kids and a large concrete slide with climbing opportunities for more adventurous kids.
La Moine Park highlights
I found this park while searching for unique playgrounds and the name, Cheese Park, and the colorful structures immediately caught my attention. Keira was excited to go to the Cheese Park. When I told her she imagined a park made up entirely of cheese! The playground gets its cheesy name from the large old school concrete structure with swiss cheese structures and whimsical mice paintings. The top of the play area can be a little slippery for younger kids to run around.
The cement slide is old-school and should be used with caution. Many kids, including my 3.5-year-old, fly off the slide at the bottom or over the side. Yikes! Thankfully there were no injuries this time, but the curved design does create a centrifugal momentum that can throw kids off the slide if they are not careful.
Pro tip: Cardboard is littering the area around the giant concrete slide, children use the cardboard as a barrier to protect clothes.
La Moine Park overview
La Moine Park is divided into two parts: lower with concrete slide and BBQ grills and covered picnic tables; and upper with preschool-aged play structures, swings, and benches throughout. The toddler side provides very little shade, so I can see it get super hot during summer days (sunscreen and hat combo is a must, and bring plenty of water as the park does not have a water fountain).
The playground features were a perfect combination and layout for my 3.5-year-old and 23-month-olds. They had so much fun, we spent about 2.5 hours playing!
Upper: two baby bucket swings, two big kid swings, bus shaped monkey bars, structure with two curvy slides and a lot of climbing bars, numerous benches along the perimeter and two picnic tables
Lower: two baby bucket swings, giant colorful cheese concrete slide and many hide-and-seek holes to poke your heads out of, plenty of picnic tables and benches, BBQ grills
The expansive grass area that spans between the two playgrounds is well kept, but watch out for occasional poop left by furry friends.
What parents need to know about playing at Cheese Park
- Unfortunately, this park does not offer public restrooms or water fountains.
- Plenty of parking on the street.
- Kids fly off that giant slide all the time.
Overall, the park is well kept, the City staff came for cleaning and sweep of the park when we were playing in the afternoon. The sunset is also a beautiful feature here. We'll be back.
Address: 3444-3530 Morningside Dr, Richmond, CA 94803