Oh Colorado, why must your summers be so unbearably hot? I love it here so much, but sometimes trying to find something to do for my two-year-old daughter can be a challenge when the sun is blazing. One of our best, free options is to hit up a playground at around eight in the morning, before the sun really starts to beat down. We go to a different park nearly every day of the week, for my sake and hers, and the park I’m highlighting today is a really great one. It’s called the Arvada Volunteer Firefighters Park, and it’s located on 8351 Club Crest Drive in Arvada, basically on Everett and West 84th Avenue.
The best things about this park is the wide variety of play structures, the overall cleanliness, and the shade. The mature cottonwoods surrounding the park provide generous shade, at least when I’ve been at the park in the morning, and there is a large gazebo shelter and picnic table for snacking. The equipment itself is firefighter themed, which my daughter gets a big kick out of, and there are slides that would suit most kids aged one and a half through twelve. My daughter also loves the xylophone and drums that are incorporated into the play structures, and the “fire alarm” bells on the playground are pretty fun, too, and they aren’t too loud.
Two important notes: the only parking is on the street that runs alongside the park, and there are no public bathrooms there, so maybe not the best place if you’re currently potty training. There is, however, a basketball court if you have older kids wanting to shoot hoops, and a big, grassy field that would suit for some soccer practice. We love playing at the Arvada Volunteer Firefighters Park, and I hope you and your kids will, too! I can even see an enthusiastic kid coming with her fire helmet on, ready for action!