We are lucky to live a 2 minute walk away from a swing park. It's not the best by any means; it's got 2 swings, 2 slides, a rusty old rocket (which my husband remembers playing on when he was a little boy) a sort of obstacle course thing, and what we call the igloo, which is really just a climbing frame.
It's such an open, green space. Great for having a run around (when it's dry) and there are some (old, rusty) goal posts for playing football. There's also a fenced off area which I think used to be tennis and basketball courts, but they lie in total disrepair. It's sad, but the play area is always empty when we go, bar a few dog walkers making their way into the trail. It's just so... bare. There's just so much more they could do with the space, and I don't mean for houses!
Not that I am by any means a qualified park planner (is that a thing?) but even if they took away the old goal posts and put in new ones, took away the old rusty equipment and added some more up to date stuff, and reinstated the tennis/basketball courts, then maybe it would be more well used.
I don't know if I'm just being nostalgic, but parks used to be so much fun when I was younger. My favourite was the roundabout, spinning round and round until you really couldn't walk straight. Now, play parks just look kind of sad and abandoned. I really wish the council would invest just a wee bit of money in the outdoor play areas.
Anyway, if we don't go to the big park, we go to the little park at the end of our street. We can actually see our house from it, so it's very handy. It may be tiny, but the Wee one likes it.
It literally only consists of a climbing frame and a rocking horse thingy.