By Michelle Gillan Larkin, a writer and mom living in Northern Westchester
There’s nothing better for you and your kids than the great outdoors during the summer, but sometimes it’s just too wonderfully warm and sunny to play outside. Unless, of course, you can find a park where the sun don’t shine. With lots of summer weather still in the forecast, we paid a visit to Soldiers and Sailors Park in Pleasantville. In the MORNING.
This lovely, neighborhood park is bathed in shade until about lunchtime, making it perfect for early risers and morning play dates. At 10:30 AM on the day my son and I stopped by to swing and slide, the sun was just beginning to speckle the shade at the very edges of the more than ample play area.
The extensive jungle gym (made almost entirely of wood) was cool and shady from end to end, along with all five swings and most of the sandbox.
My little guy ran himself ragged for a good 45 minutes, then plopped down in the sand to quietly play with the diggers and dump trucks that are there for the masses.
We stayed for lunch because the picnic tables remained in the shade, and we were happy to have clean restrooms just beyond the adjacent ball field (which is a great space for kicking around a soccer ball, but en fuego due to the lack of shade).
As the day wears on at Soldiers and Sailors, you’ll want to run for cover as the park really does “bake” in the afternoon, according to those in the know. However, this is something to keep in mind for the winter: My son and I spent quite a few sunny February afternoons here when we just couldn’t take another moment trapped inside.
Check back in with us in two weeks when we’ll be profiling a playground in Hartsdale that’s a good spot to burn some energy after dragging the kids around on errands.
Soldiers and Sailors Park, located at the intersection of Manville Road & Clark Street.