The wait is over! I don’t know about you, but my family has been drooling over the blueprints for this park for what seems like an eternity.
We attended the Grand Opening a few weeks ago, during my writing hiatus. I don’t know who was more excited, me or the kids!
Before I get into my review, let me just tell you how hot it was. Hot isn’t a strong enough word. The City of Greenville planned a beautiful program and I really wanted to pay attention, but I was sweating like a horse. Is that the phrase? No, I think it’s pig. I was sweating like a pig. Sweat was rolling off my eyelashes onto my nose. I even washed my hair for the event. If you know me, you understand what a big deal that is. I didn’t roll onto the scene with my dry shampoo’d messy bun. Most of the guests were dressed in suits. Read that again. I cannot imagine. My hat’s off to them.
Thankfully, there’s a splash pad. The Rolls Royce of splash pads, actually. Let’s start there…
One side is for older kids and one for younger. The only difference is how high the water sprays. At least, that’s the only difference I could see. Kids of all ages enjoyed the whole area. I felt it was appropriate for everybody.
Jackson would probably not agree. The picture above? A perfect example of Instagram vs Reality. It’s true, you won’t find a cuter picture (😉), but he was TERRIFIED! I basically bribed him to stand in front of the water and then bribed him again to smile. I was soaked and he was traumatized. But neither of us were hot, so I’m calling it a win! (We’ve got a lot of work to do, Greenville. I can’t wait to bring him back! I know he’ll love it… eventually!)
All four playgrounds are exceptional. We love the creativity of the designs. I’ve never seen a park like it. Preston loved the steep slides and rolling down the hills. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the artificial turf, but two thumbs up from me – It was nice to sit on my blanket and not worry about ants and bugs. I’m sure that wasn’t the idea behind it, but it’s a HUGE plus.
Initially, the only drawback was that there was zero shade. I’m happy to report that, thanks to a petition that was started by a local photographer/entrepreneur/realtor, GVLDaily, Greenville quickly installed SIX oversized umbrellas! Word on the street is there are more permanent fixtures on the way! Please and thank you for allllll the shade.
Concerns have been expressed about fencing around the structures. The layout and large crowds could possibly make it difficult to keep an eye on your littles. Especially if you have more than one. If you’re like me and typically have 4-5 in tow, you might stress a little. (Of course, if you have 4-5 kids, you’re probably permanently stressed). Keep your eyes peeled. Maybe that will be the next change?
Public bathrooms are close as well as a water station. I guzzled my one water bottle within the first hour. The refill was a godsend! By now, you’ve likely seen the photos – there’s ample space for picnics on the (actual) grass and picnic shelters if you’d rather sit at a table.
There’s not a “designated” parking area, but the city has you covered. Read all about your options here. Next time we go, I’m definitely parking downtown and catching the trolley to the park. The kids think that’s a big deal!
Greenville natives will appreciate the history of Unity Park.
A definite summer (& winter, spring, fall) go-to for our family!