As I’ve mentioned in some of my other posts, I’m the mom of a preschooler. We go to a lot of parks in North San Diego County and I thought it would be nice to review them from a mom’s perspective. I’m hoping to come up with some clever rating system, but that ain’t happening today.
I’ve made several visits to Hosp Grove Park in Carlsbad (it’s very close to I-5 and the 78) and each time I’m there, I think, “Hey, I should come back here more often!”
First I’ll list the Pros:
Shade – it’s in a eucalyptus grove and there is a good amount of natural shade which is hard to come by in most of the parks I’ve visited. It’s also located near a lagoon . There are walking trails, however I haven’t been on them. There is lots of open space for kids to run around.
Swings – There are two toddler swings. I didn’t take a photo of the play structure and the swings because there were a lot of people at the park the other day. I will add a photo when we go on a day where we have the park to ourselves.
Popularity – As I just mentioned, I should be able to take a picture on a day when we’re the only ones at the park. During the week there are very few people who come here.
Location – This park is close to major freeways and also close to several strip malls, restaurants and toilets (see CONS).
Parking – There are quite a few parking spaces right next to the park.
Accessibility – From the parking lot, there is a dirt trail that leads to the play structure so it would be easy to push a stroller to the tot lot.
Sand – the play structure is in sand. Bring sand toys and you’ll be golden.
Sand – HA! I know I listed that as a “Pro” but this can also be a con. Parents, you know what I mean.
Jefferson Street and Marron Road
Carlsbad, CA 92008
For more information, here is the City of Carlsbad’s official page about the park: http://www.carlsbadca.gov/services/depts/parks/facilities/north/hosp.asp