This crank powered ride represents the ferry crossing the Tualatin River.I got quite an arm workout powering the girl across the 'river.'A lot of the parks here have water play areas, where you push a button on a post and a small stream of water comes out.This water can be carried around in buckets or, if left on its own, it trickles throughout the play area making an awesome, fun mess.This park is definitely a bathe-afterwards park.
Before moving here, I had never seen these water play areas and I'm sad and amazed that more parks don't have them. It really takes the play experience to another, more sensory, level that I think all kids could benefit from.Plus, what kid in Florida wouldn't love to be splashing around in mud puddles right about now?
Of course, this isn't Florida, but Oregon. Which means the rains soon came.
We tried to wait it out, but it only got heavier and once we heard Oregon's idea of thunder (wimpy little rumbles), we decided to call it a day.
But, this park is less than five minutes from home. We'll be back.