Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Park Day: Polliwog Park, Manhattan Beach

Love this park! Apparently Manhattan Beach's Polliwog Park is well-known for being awesome, so another mom told me it can get quite crowded, but when we were there it was just an ideal space for little boys to explore and climb around. It's huge, and there are three (yes, three) huge play structures, swings, barbecue and picnic stuff, a pond full of ducks, a concrete frog, a concrete boat, exercise equipment, a "disc golf" setup (?), the MB historical society building, a botanic garden with California native plants and tons of bird feeders and a waterfall, lots of ball fields of various flavors and somewhere in the back, a swimming pool. My impression is that it was originally (and remains to some degree) a "flood abatement zone" that got rehabbed (thus the pond, among other elements) but they did a great job and with the exception of an excess of duck and seagull poo near the pond, an awesome place to spend a couple of hours with a kid. Really great park with lots of very nice moms, and we'll definitely be back here.

Jackson enjoying the "upper playground."

View of the pond, amiphitheater and the two lower playgrounds (off to the left behind the trees).
At the lower playgrounds (which has two play structures), Jackson stands at the stern of in the concrete and likely unseaworthy USS Polliwog; behind that you can see a concrete frog (a frog is the symbol of the park), plus a mysterious "lighthouse" and weird cool mist thing that I suspect is a well-camouflaged part of the flood management system underlying the park.

Jackson reaches out to touch a California bumblebee that was enjoying the blooming poppies in the botanical garden on the edge of the park.

Jackson tests out the stepping stones at the botanical garden; just beyond the watering fountain in the background there's a sweet picnic area and a waterfall.

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