March always means Spring Training to our family. Here in Phoenix, we are lucky to host the Cactus League, which means we have a plethora of baseball games to choose from. The Chicago Cubs just built a brand new facility in Mesa which also boasts an accompanying park, lake and “innovative playground.” As we were leaving the rained out Cubs game this past Saturday, I suddenly exclaimed, “Look at that!” And by “that”, I mean the above picture.
Innovative Playground indeed! This climbing structure is enormous! That small figure at the top is a 6 foot man! Honestly, it looked like all the dads were having a blast on the thing. Not many little kids dared to climb that high. I was thankful my five-year-old daughter had no interest, because honestly, seeing her up there would have given me a heart attack. However, climbing that is exactly what I would have done as a kid. In fact, I want to go back and climb it!
Riverview Park also has a standard playground, a splash pad and even a mini zip line. It’s hard to believe that this a free, public park!
With tons of green grass, picnic tables and really clean public restrooms (for now), this park is a great place. Be sure to check the CUBS home game spring training schedule if you plan to go in March. Parking is impossible to find when there is a game scheduled for the day.