Playgrounds provide opportunities for kids to exercise, make new friends and just have fun. Playground time can help build gross motor skills, stimulate cognitive development and even improve their immune system. It also allows a chance for parents to socialize and network.
Lubbock has numerous parks to choose from. These are five of the best in the Lubbock area. If you are new to Lubbock, or will be visiting soon, check out one of these playgrounds. Your taxes support these facilities, take advantage of them!
Legacy Play Village
Legacy Play Village is the largest playground in the Lubbock area. It was built by hundreds of volunteers in 2002. Children can enjoy “the castle”, as well as swings, musical toys, a merry-go-round, and more. It is great for kids of all ages.
The downside of this playground is that it is so big, it is easy to lose track of your kids. It is definitely not the best playground for a play date for younger kids, because you’ll spend so much time chasing your kids around, you won’t have time to visit with other moms.
However, many parents do let their children play freely there. Some moms (and dads) will park themselves by the entrance while the kids explore and play. However, as of August 2013, a section of the gate is missing on one corner. This could mean that a child who likes to run off could escape into the field.
It also has a nice sidewalk around it where kids can ride bikes or even roller skate. There is a small sand box section, however, most of the ground is wood chips. It is definitely worth a visit if you are in the Lubbock area.
Legacy Play Village is located at 6401 Marsha Sharp Freeway. It is close to the shopping center (with Target, Ross Dress for Less, etc) on Milwaukee. Check out the website here for directions. You can reserve a pavillion for parties.
A second fantastic playground for kids in Lubbock is Maxey Playground. It is located at 26th and Nashville, behind Covenant Lakeside Hospital. It features swings, slides, bridges and more. One unique part is a “bumpy” slide, which I have never seen at any other playground.
The playground is wheelchair accessible. It allows for all children, of all abilities to play and have fun together. You can read more about Maxey Park here.
Like Legacy Play village, is a large park and not ideal if you want to be able to see your children at all times. It is also located next to water. However, it is great if you have the energy to keep up with your kids, or if they are older.
A third hit playground for kids in Lubbock is Wagner Park. It is located near Tech Terrance in the heart of Lubbock. The exact address is 26th and Elgin. One benefit of Wagner is that it shaded, so it a great park for summer mornings or evenings. Kids will enjoy the climbing area, swings, slides and more. It’s a great place for a picnic. This is also a popular spot to meet and socialize with other moms.
A fourth fabulous park in Lubbock is Duran Park. One of the benefits of this park is that it does have a small area that is safer for toddlers. It is a great park to meet at if you have both toddlers and preschool age children together. There is also a lot of sand, so bring sand castle molds, cars, and dump trucks if you want.
Duran Park also has a nice walking track. There are no swings, but there is a shaded pavilion. It is located in West Lubbock at 26th and Kenawee. It is also a great place for a picnic, and you shouldn’t lose sight of your kids.
Charles Guy Park
Another park worth your visit is Guy Park. It is located in South Lubbock at 93rd and Memphis. It has a sidewalk track around the park, and it is great place for your child to ride his or her tricycle or bike. There is also lots of sand, swings and a climbing area. It can be crowded at times, but is a nice playground for kids.
These are just five of the best playgrounds in Lubbock. For a complete listing of all of the parks in Lubbock, check out the city’s website here.
If you will be passing through Plainview (about 45 minutes north of Lubbock), consider stopping at Kidsville. It is a great playground, like a smaller version of Legacy Play Village. It is located next to the Rotary Building at 3600 W. 4th Street in Plainview. It is not too far from I-27.
For more advice on life in Lubbock, please read “10 Summer Days Camps and Classes for Kids in Lubbock, TX” and “Annual Fall Family Events in Lubbock, TX.” Also, read “Great Places to Take a Walk in Lubbock.” Happy Playing!