I took my car for an MOT today, and on the way back we passed this park on Nelson Terrace at the top of Percy Main. James asked to stop to play, and seeing as how the weather was glorious, and we’d spent the morning waiting for my car to be tested, I agreed.
We are visiting all the North Tyneside playgrounds this year in our Local Playground Challenge. This park is known locally as Percy Main Park. Nothing cryptic in that.
This park is for adventurers! The main climbing frame is boat-shaped and TALL. The rope ladders are wobbly and only recently has James been able to get up to the platform in order to drive the boat at the wheel or slide down. The other side of the slide’s platform is a climbing wall, which you can see in this photo.
The bottom of the slide is, obviously, sand. James spent roughly two thirds of our time in the park with sand in his shoes. The final third he took his shoes and socks off.
The sand was cool and he clearly enjoyed playing with it, and touching it.
James also very much enjoyed lying in the sand, on his front or back. He made sand Angels, unprompted, I think just liking the way the sand felt on his arms as he moved them from his sides above his head while he lay down.
There is a metal picnic table in this park, some bouncy animals, a broken see-saw and two sets of different kinds of swings. We only really played on the young-children swings today. Usually when James sits in the chair swing he asks me to sit in the normal swing next to him. Alas, the normal swing has been chopped down and not replaced.
While we were in the park we bumped into Kay who runs the local sling library. Kay’s daughter broke the ice very well. She and James ran around, sort of together playing, and sort of independent in the same space playing. Interesting to watch!
In the end it was the sand that was the park’s biggest draw today. Sadly it was also James’ undoing and the reason for leaving very quickly – you are not allowed to throw sand!