Sunday, June 29, 2008

North Point Park

Following a tip from today's Globe (paper edition --couldn't find it on line) we we went down to the new North Point Park. It's kind of across the McGrath O'Brien from the Science Museum. The article said that it's been "unofficially open" with very little fanfare since December. But why?

It. Was. Fabulous. There were FOUR sets of playground equipment for kids ranging from about 2 to 12. It juts out over the water. You can see the Zakim Bridge, the Amtrak trains, and drawbridges and Duckboats galore. In other words the surroundings were more fascinating to my children than a Disney movie. The play equipment was wonderful, full of different types of climbing structures, platforms and slides. My only complaint was that the water feature was between the water and the toddler park. When the wind blew off the river, the equipment got wet. Also, it will be pretty hot there until the trees surrounding the playground grow in, read 15-20 years.

Kaylee went down a wet slide and came back skipping and dancing saying "Watabut!"

"What Kaylee?"

She leaped, danced and jumped grabbing her backside singing joyously: "Wa-Ter Butt! Water Butt!"

"Water butt?"

"WATER BUTT! WATER BUTT!" Like some crazy toddler cheerleader for a wet t-shirt contest.

The landscaping was just glorious with winding paths surrounded by hundreds of thousands of daylillies and other blooming flowers. There were foot bridges across the the canals.

I just don't understand why the city of Cambridge isn't trumpeting this new gem from the rooftops? Why no ribbon cutting ceremony?

But if you have a chance, get down there. It's just fabulous. And there's limited free parking too...