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Exploring STL: Willmore Park

2014 September 28
by Becky

So if you take drive down Jamieson, in the heart of St. Louis Hills neighborhood, just about a mile South of Ted Drewes, you’ll come across a new hidden gem.

Willmore Park.

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Ok so it’s been done for a little while, maybe a year? More? It’s a place several of my friends have mentioned many times and we finally made the ten minute drive to see what all the fuss is about. We were officially late to the game.

And as usual, my friends know their stuff, this playground is incredible.

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Perfectly suited for toddlers, this place is full of fun and safe things to explore, slide down, swing on, climb, and spin around in. On a recent absolutely gorgeous day, we met a few friends here and Ethan played—with very few snack breaks—for three solid hours.

He and his buddies had tons of fun spinning the merry-go-round (or waiting for other kids to spin them), why is the old-school stuff always the most fun?

The giant helicopter is also a big draw.

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The musical instruments actually sound great and the kids USE them…Ethan pops over there frequently to play a tune.

And check out these swing options–you’ve got your plain-janes, the toddle buckets, the “big swings with buckles” (what Ethan calls the accessible swings), and “flying saucers”. Ethan hit’s ’em all at every visit.

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Important to note, see those two canopies? The yellow one right at the edge of the frame and the blue one behind the swings? Those are just two of several, meaning there is some great shade at this playground. Sounds like an obvious need for these types of spaces but they are all too often forgotten.

My personal favorite part is that everything is very attainable for my kid and his friends. There’s nothing super treacherous or enormous that our kids beg to try but could clearly kill them. All the obstacles are completely age appropriate and in perfect condition, especially the super fun spider-climby tower.

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In addition to the playground, there’s the whole rest of Willmore Park. It goes on for, apparently, 100 acres…so pretty big. There are jogging/walking paths, a beautiful pond/lake FULL of ducks hungrily eyeing your leftover goldfish crackers, pavilions, picnic tables, hockey and soccer facilities…the works. I’m not gonna say the bathrooms at the playground are great, but they are not the worst.

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So if you are looking for a place to play, check out Willmore Park—you’ll probably run into us! It’s become our weekly stop in this gorgeous fall weather.

Bonus? Russell’s On Macklind, Pint Size Bakery, Stellina Pasta, Cafe Nova, and plenty of other awesome St. Louis eateries are super close by for an after-park lunch. Or pre-park coffee and pastry.

Or both.

Have you been to Willmore? What did you think? 

5 Responses leave one →
  1. September 29, 2014

    Love it!!!!!

  2. September 29, 2014

    So much fun going on in the Lou!
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  3. Natasha permalink
    October 2, 2014

    I’ve never heard of it. I’m going, looks like fun. That might be the place for a play date.

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