City Gardens: Parco Paradiso

Now with summer in full effect, we’ve been taking the opportunity to hit the parks and playgrounds. However, the one thing about Turin summers is that it’s hot. Like really hot.. due to the high humidity. Exploring the city’s parks and gardens takes a bit of planning. Do we go in the morning when it’s cool? Do we wait until the afternoon and find a nice shady spot?

Somedays we’ll get lucky and it might be overcast. That’s where Parco Paradiso comes in. I’ve been told about this park by several neighbors and mothers from school. I recently went to check it out during my run and was actually surprised by it. It’s a small park but enough green that the kids can run around and not feel crowded.

The only downside is that it’s fairly new so the trees that have been planted are still very small. Therefore shade is practically non existent. Earlier this month, we had an overcast day so we took advantage of it and headed to the park. The girls were hesitant at first but then Miss V saw one of her classmates and she relaxed a bit.

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This park is right on the Torino/Collegno city line so I’m not exactly sure which city maintains it. Regardless, it’s clean and well kept. A must visit if you’re in the neighborhood.

 

To see all of the playgrounds on a city map, click here.

*The city tries its best to upkeep these play areas. They’re cleaned once a week and checked for broken and damaged structures. They’ll often place a sticker on the equipment (usually the swings) with the date and time they controlled everything. There is also small plaque indicating the recommended age for use. While most of these playgrounds are gated some may not be completely closed off and most are located near very busy streets. 

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