Adventure Playground is a one of a kind play area that allows kids to create their own play adventure. Nestled in the wooded forest of Deane’s Children’s Park, children are provided toolboxes, various building supplies, safety items and the freedom to create build-it-yourself play zones with the guidance of Staff. It is a wonderful experience for children to use their imagination and works with others to create a one-of-a-kind tree fort.
JayMarc Homes and Mercer Island Parks and Recreation are excited to be partnering with the local organization YouthBuild. In 2010, YouthCare established a YouthBuild program, an evidence-based affiliate of a national model with over 260 programs across the county. Throughout their six months in the program, participants ages 16-24 earn a high school diploma or equivalent, gain skills needed to join the workforce, and give back to the community by building affordable housing. Approximately 40 students graduate each year with six industry certifications and 38 college credits.
Admission to Adventure Playground is free, but we encourage participants to donate to YouthCare at http://www.youthcare.org/give (d0n’t forget to leave a little note!) or help support the playground be donating building supplies such as lumber, nails, tools and rope. To learn more about donating supplies, contact C.J. Stanford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Deane’s Children’s Park (5500 Island Crest Way, Mercer Island)
If you are coming to Mercer Island to visit the playground and want to call first to be sure it has not been closed due to inclement weather or any other reason, please call the Community Center at 206.275.7609.
Days/Dates/Times: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday*, June 26th through September 30th*, 1 pm to 4 pm
*In September, the playground is open only on Sundays. The facilities will be closed July 15th and September 2nd.
Ages: The minimum age to participate is 5 years old. Children under 12 must be with a parent. Children must be 12 years of age to be left unsupervised. Parents are encouraged to stay and play with their children.
Required: Closed toed, hard soled shoes are required. No one will be allowed into Adventure Playground wearing open toed shoes such as sandals or crocs.
Recommended: Even though Adventure Playground will provide a toolbox and supplies, they strongly encourage participants to bring their own hammers during public openings. Also encouraged is sunscreen, insect repellent and drinking water.
Download Adventure Playground Rules.