Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bear Branch Park Review: Definitely Unique

So, we went to Bear Branch Park today. It was a perfect day to play! Surprisingly, there was no one there around 3pm. Usually, I consider Bear Branch Park one of the busiest playgrounds. Why is it so popular? 

First, the location is convenient. It is central in The Woodlands right next to the Rec Center. You can find it by going down Research Forest from I45 (past Gosling). Turn right at the light into Bear Branch. You can go either left to park in front of the Rec Center or Right past the Dog Park to park in front of the Skate Park at the end of the parking lot. I suggest parking next to the handicapped spots in front of the skate park. They flank a path, which will take you right to the playground. 

Ground Surface: I consider this playground the most toddler and handicap friendly because of the cushy padding. It is the flattest. Most playgrounds in The Woodlands have a bark covering. There is a bark cover near the swings. 

Swings: Bear Branch has a set of swings, which is unique. 

Choo Choo Train: The little ones can pretend to drive a choo choo train. 

Seesaw: Sawmill Park has the same seesaw. Not all parks have seesaws. 

Toddler Rockers: The rockers at this park are easier for the little ones. 

Sand Table: Unique sand area. Smaller than Northshore. 

Roller Slide: I haven't seen this anywhere either. 

Rockin benches with table: Also, hard to describe. I haven't this anywhere else. 

Other nice features: Water fall, next to Bear Branch Pool, bathrooms, nice pavillion next to playground, shaded semi-private picnic tables, you can see most of the playground by sitting on one side. 

Shade: Today there was good shade all over the playground. During the summer at noon, there is shade over half the playground and direct sun in front of the pavillion on the rockers and seesaw. 

In summary, this playground is fun for all ages and is conveniently located next to the Rec Center. Go check it out! 

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