By Michelle Gillan Larkin
It was one of those days: So much to buy, so much to return, an endless stream of errands. It was beginning to feel like I’d spent the entire day driving up and down Central Avenue, visiting store after store. The worst part? I had company in the backseat. And my to-do list was getting on his nerves, too.
Just when I thought we’d reached our breaking point, I spotted Richard Presser Park, right there on Central Avenue in Hartsdale. I wasted no time turning into the parking lot. My son was out of the car like a flash.
With his arms in the air and excitedly yelling something resembling a war cry, he raced toward a pair of expansive jungle gyms; one for little kids, the other for bigger ones. He tackled the smaller one first, grinning from ear to ear, giddy to be moving his little legs. This kept him busy for quite a while, but then he darted toward the big kid contraption.
Here, he was thrilled and intrigued to discover about a dozen different ways to climb aboard, and a grand total of five slides; two of them quite high! And, he was super proud of himself for, after a few tries, making it up a rock wall that is practically vertical (at least in my Nervous Nelly opinion).
After running himself ragged, he made his way over to the swing set to relax and recharge. No waiting his turn, as there were two bucket swings, four big kid swings, and a duo of really different safety swings he just had to scramble into.
I’m always happy (dare I say, relieved?) when a park has a porta-potty and a water fountain, and as expected, we took advantage of both.
Next to the playground is a ball field and a vast, wide-open space; had I remembered to toss a ball into the car, we would’ve kicked it around a bit. Wasn’t necessary, though, as the ice-cream truck had just arrived. I don’t know who yelled “ice-cream!” first, me or him, but we grabbed ourselves a sweet treat, plopped down on one of the many benches, and patted ourselves on the back for surviving my agenda and that daunting rock wall.
Richard Presser Park, 200 N. Central Avenue, Hartsdale
Check back in with us in two weeks when we’ll visit a park that offers so much for the whole family, you can stay and play for the whole day.