Five Boerne Parks (with Playgrounds!) for the Kiddos
You know, sometimes there are just days when you say, “I’ve got to take these kids somewhere and it’s got to be outside so they can run off some of that crazy energy!” It just happens! So I’m ashamed to admit that I lived in Boerne for probably three years before I fully realized exactly what this small town has to offer in the way of city parks…but I tell you what, it is amazing. So here (in no particular order) are the parks in Boerne that have playgrounds for the littles to run, climb, swing, and explore to their little hearts’ content:
Boerne City Lake Park: Yes, there’s a playground! It’s covered (yay!), there are restrooms close by, and there’s a pavilion with bbq grills that makes a great spot for a picnic lunch or to hold a birthday party (you can reserve that through Boerne Parks and Recreation). There’s also so.much.open.space! If your kids like to run, kick around a soccer ball, throw a football, etc., this is a great park for you. There’s also a volleyball net and disc golf. An added bonus is the gorgeous non-motorized lake just across from the playground that is perfect for wading, floating, paddle boarding, etc. There are covered pavilions for bbq’ing, a fire pit, fishing docks, a few small beachy areas for letting the tiny ones splash around in the water, plenty of shade, paddle board rentals, and the Boerne Tarzan Boat which provides plenty of fun for the bigger kids and adults.
Northrup Park: This one is located off of the highway access road, so there is a bit of highway noise. However, it’s not too much noise and it’s covered, fenced, and has plenty of slides monkey bars, and climbing areas for the kids to play. It’s small, but never crowded. This is also where the city baseball fields are located and there are covered basketball courts as well. The restrooms are located next to the basketball courts, which are not within close walking distance to the playground, but hey, at least there are restrooms!
St. Helena’s church/preschool playground: You heard that right! This little gem is open to the public outside of school hours and has two sets of swings (including baby/toddler swings), a giant slide, a climber/slide for the younger kids, and plenty of other things to keep everyone entertained. It’s shaded, fenced, and there is a picnic table. No restrooms available here though.
Kinderpark: This one is brand new (well, newly renovated) and AMAZING! There’s so much for everyone to explore here. Swings (including expression swings!) climbers, spinners, a giant slide built into the side of the hill with mounds or a rope to climb to get back to the top, plenty of shade, and plenty of room to run around. However, my kids actually have more fun walking along the rock walls than playing on the toys, I think! The park is fenced and there is a covered picnic table but no restrooms or drinking fountains.
Boerne City Park: This is where the city pool, soccer fields, and tennis courts are located so there is plenty of room to roam here as well. The actual playground area is covered and there are restrooms and drinking fountains right off to the side. Much to my daughter’s dismay, there are no big kid swings here but there are baby/toddler swings and a tire swing. This park also backs up to the Cibolo Nature Center, which could be a whole other post in itself, but if you have the time/energy you should most definitely explore that as well.
So there you have it…my five favorite parks with playgrounds in Boerne. We rotate between them to keep things exciting and go quite often. How do we sow Seeds for Community when we’re enjoying our city parks? Well, we try to pick up any trash or debris that needs to be disposed of, we use baby wipes to clean up any food messes that we make (so as to not attract ants), and we try to remember to bring extra snacks for any friends we make on the playground…all little things, but it counts!
Did I miss any? Is there some secret park (with a playground) in Boerne that you take your kids to that I’m unaware of? Do tell! Also, we have toyed around with the idea of opening an indoor playground in Boerne to provide a climate controlled place to play and to also provide an indoor play space for birthday parties. Would that be something your family would find useful? Let me know! And if you’re from another area, tell me about your favorite parks...I’d love to hear some new ideas we can pitch to Parks and Recreation in our town!
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