Blumenfeld Family Park
|Blumenfeld Family Park in Port Washington features two play areas, a swingset, and a sprayground for those hot summer days.|
Blumenfeld Family Park is located just off of Main Street in Port Washington. There is metered parking available on the street (a quarter will buy you an hour), as well as a lot near the back end off of Webster Avenue. The park is dominated by a large center green, with a paved pathway that winds around the perimeter of the park. There are lots of benches throughout the park, both in the sun and the shade. There are no picnic tables or public restrooms at Blumenfeld Family Park.
The main playset at Blumenfeld features a number of challenging climbs and slides of varying sizes. There is one short and wide slide at the top of an easy stairway for small kids, and two very steep and fast slides for older kids. The taller slides can be accessed via a wire bridge or spiral ladder climb. The play surface is wood mulch with no additional padding. There is also a hang glider and two sets of monkey bars and a balance beam to keep kids busy on this large set.
A smaller set for young kids features a pair of slides with easy stair climbs to get onto the platforms. A short tunnel connects two covered pavilions that each feature a slide. One side of the set boasts an introductory pole climb, with steps to help little legs get up to the top.
A highlight of Blumenfeld Family Park is the small sprayground at the back end of the park. The water is user-controlled, so there are large buttons on either side of the pad where kids can turn the water on. A trio of fountains go off in a timed pattern, so kids can literally chase the water around. A mushroom waterfall and dump buckets round out the equipment.
A good deal of the sprayground is shaded during the afternoon, so if the air is cool you can't depend on the sun too much to keep kids warm (the water itself was pretty chilly during our visit). Also, as mentioned above, there are no public facilities here, so kids will either have to get changed in the car or make the ride home wet. Just beyond the sprayground there is a nice garden area to walk through. The many benches throughout the park give parents plenty of spaces to sit in the shade (or sun) and keep an eye on their kids. The park is not fenced in, however, so keep an eye on wanderers.
There is one swingset at Blumenfeld Family Park, with two toddler swings and two standard swings. The toddler swings were padlocked during our visit, with no indication of whether this was an official closing or just the work of a prankster. The swings looked like they were in pretty good shape, albeit a little old with bare chains. Again, the surface throughout the park is wood mulch.
Blumenfeld Family Park is open from sunrise to sunset all year round. It's not a great spot for a picnic as there are no tables, but if your kids are fed and ready for fun, it's a great spot to explore and even splash around on a hot day. The nearby downtown area of Port Washington offers plenty of dining options for families.
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