City Gardens: Giardino bambini e bambine vittime di Beslan

Every once in a while, we’ll come across a playground that looks too good to pass up. This is one of them. While it’s not my favorite, the girls BEG me on several occasions to go.

Is it this crazy looking’ fireman’s pole?

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Or this funky monkey bars?

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Or maybe the fact that they have fun with whoever they meet. (In this case, it’s one of Miss E’s classmates)

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The structure it self is fun, and keeps the kids busy enough but my only complaint is that it’s very small.  Often times, kids are waiting their turns to go through to tunnel or are waiting on little ones to go up the steps.

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While there are see saws, to keep them busy, most of the time you’ll see kids opt for sidewalk chalk and bubbles. If the boys aren’t busy climbing, they’re probably on the court playing calcio or basket. (aka, soccer and basketball)

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There are only 2 swings and they’re always occupied so, when I saw this rare occurrence, I quickly snapped a picture. (I try to photography when there aren’t other kids around… ya know.. out of respect for the parents)

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The playground area is in full sun so not best to go in midday. However, early morning is good enough that it’s still cool and parents are all sitting in the shade. A plus side to this giardino is that there are plenty of trees, benches and green. If you ever feel crowded, you can just go a few feet and find a new spot to relax in.

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This garden is called Boys and Girl victims of Beslan which is in reference to the Beslan school siege. On September 1, 2004 a group of Islamic terrorist held over 1,000 people hostage, 777 of them were children. It last 3 days and ended with over 385 deaths. A lot of these green areas are named for people and/or events to bring awareness and honor those who have been victimized.

 

While I don’t consider this playground good for small babies, you will see plenty of grandparents with little ones.

 

 

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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