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Wildwood Park

Please young royals at castle-like playgrounds


Sometimes I prefer a wooden, rickety rollercoaster to a streamlined, steel one. Therefore I thought my children might like to try an “old-school” wooden playground instead of the newfangled community play areas we usually visit.

Wildwood Park, at 785 W. Broadway in the village of Granville, has a great wooden playground. Volunteers built it in 1993, according to a sign on the property.

At its entrance, the structure resembles a castle or a fort, depending on which of my children you ask. It’s got wooden towers with pyramid-shaped tops and a labyrinth of walkways with lots of hiding places. There are multiple levels, with several metal slides, and swings and tunnels made of old tires.

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We visited the park, 40 minutes east of Columbus, on a hot day before school started in August, as a way to celebrate the impending end of summer. We spent most of our time under a shady tree amid the structure, which lent a tree house feel to it. I sat in the middle as my children ran around me, looking for clues that led to a pot of gold painted on a treasure map.

The park also contains soccer fields, clean bathrooms and a water fountain.

The promise of ice cream inspired my kids to wrap up their play. We headed a half mile west back toward downtown Granville where we found Whit’s Frozen Custard at 138 E. Broadway.

Whit’s is a decade-old, local establishment where they make the custard fresh every day. We got cups of the Buckeye flavor – peanut-butter custard with chunks of Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups – and sat an iron table under a market umbrella.

It was a fitting end to an old-school adventure that never goes out of style.

For more information, visit www.granvillerec.org/parks-facilities/wildwood-park.