The Reserves Park
5119 Grandin Ridge Dr
Liberty Township, OH 45011
Did anyone else spend their childhood summers shuffling from campground to campground – fishing lake to fishing lake? There was always a playground off the side – the construction of which must have been an after thought. The playground was usually metal – the kind that scorches the skin right off the back of your legs. A spiderweb stretched the circumference of the covered slide and you’d usually holler for your dad to come and remove it with a stick.
While this playground is adjacent to a small fishing pond – it is not reminiscent of the after-thought playgrounds of my childhood.
Despite not appearing like much – this is one of my favorite playgrounds in Butler County. Let’s talk about why.
There is a lot of punch here in not a lot of space. This was well designed! Several slides – including a three-slide piece perfect for racing. It has many access points and climbing features including rock walls, steps, ramps and ladders. The equipment is rocking a pretty fun color combo as pictured and definitely seems to be unique to this particular playground. Due to the size of this structure – toddlers through 1st grade will be most entertained.
So many unique features here!
1) Musical instruments built into the structure including drums and chimes.
2) A rock wall that acts as a passage between one portion of the playstructure to the other.
3) An old fashioned stand-alone metal slide near the pond.
This playground is in close proximity to the parking lot as well as a pond and I’m not sure which makes me more nervous.
The parking lot is small so speed is minimal – usually just people very slowing inching out of spaces.
The pond is several feet from the stand alone slide – but I’d be a bit nervous to be too far off from a “sprinting toddler” when they are playing on that slide.
The rock structure between the two portions of the play structure can be a bit much for new walkers who may want to try but don’t quite have their balance figured out.
Limited though I have never seen it full. This playground is located within a subdivision. I believe many of the patrons are residents of that subdivision and they simply walk to play. Parking is also available at the “sister park” – Fort Liberty Playland.
Several accessible features. Large swing seat with five point harness AND a wheelchair platform swing. The play structure has a ramp allowing access to portions including the musical Instruments.
Reservable shelter with picnic table and charcoal park grill.
Walking trail connects this park with Fort Liberty Playland. It is a paved trail though it lacks shade and is a bit hilly.
Not ideal. One port-a-potty is located adjacent to this playground. There are out-house style restrooms at the sister park – Fort Liberty – but that can be a good 10 minute walk with kids and they aren’t the best restrooms.
Some negatives for this park include:
1)No baby swings! This playground has accessible swings and regular swings but no swings for the littlest kids.
2) Traffic noise! This park is near 129 – so close in fact that you can see trucks driving past through the foliage. It can be quite noisy in the still of the early morning – though if a lot of kids are playing that traffic noise is hardly noticeable.