We headed to Julifs Park in Anderson Township this week. I’ve heard great things about this park and have wanted to try out several of the Anderson Parks all summer long and am just now getting around to it. I don’t know what took me so long!
Julifs Playground was an immediate hit with it’s brightly colored playground equipment and several different play areas. The playground sits way back from ample parking. There are also plenty of trees to shade some of the parking area which is always a bonus because I hate coming back to a scalding car. My 3 year old immediately took off and started playing. There are 5/6 different structures and play areas here and I thought that was really nice. The playground to the left was for a little bit older kids but I will say that my 21 month old navigated ok. There were a couple drop offs that I had to remind him not to superman off of, but other than that it was fine. The structure to the left sits down from a retaining wall which provides some great astro turf that is shaded to stake out a spot to sit on. However, the jungle gym does have a walk way which is elevated and there is an opening that leads right out to a different area of the park. This presented one problem when you have a 21 month old that will make a break for it if he gets the chance. It wasn’t a huge deal, just something to be aware of if you go there with a small kiddo!
The different structures are separated by nice paved walking paths which is great when you have a stroller to lug around. The middle area is all sand. Now at first this was a turn off. I immediately see a big mess, especially considering it’s very close to the splash pad but it honestly didn’t cause any problems and surprisingly didn’t seem to be too messy. (Although we did steer clear of it once the boys were wet.) They have a climbing structure and a slide in the middle of this and a large area for kids to carve out their spot in the sand.
The structure to the right is for smaller kids. It’s a smaller jungle gym with a couple of slides that the kids seemed to love! There is also a monkey bar climbing structure here as well. The park does not lack swings. There is a whole area with numerous different types of swings. The ground is all mulch, minus the sand area. (Which is one thing I would change but who am I?! 🤷🏻♀️)
The splash pad (which is free!) sits to the back left and is very simple but gets the job done. It’s a super cute farm theme. They have several animals that spray water, a barn structure that kids can walk through and get wet and some floor fountains. My friend and I couldn’t seem to get the hang of the water pattern though. It seemed like the water was pretty sporadic and would often go off leaving kids wondering what was going on. The activation buttons didn’t always seem to work but the water never stayed off for too long. Once the kids got to playing they didn’t seem to notice. Bathrooms are close by, up the hill and to the right. Although my oldest did have a slight accident because he didn’t want to miss all the excitement and forgot to tell me he had to go. 🙄🤦🏻♀️ Very clean though with a changing table!
One of the main things I love about this splash pad is that it turns on at 10am! The earlier the better for my crew and I always enjoy being able to get in the water before 11am like many of the splash pads around. There is also some great shade provided by large tents above a couple of the areas. I don’t know about you, but for me shade is key for the perfect playground! Overall, the park was a hit and looked to have some wonderful paved walking trails and a few large soccer fields for kids to play on too. If you aren’t close it’s worth the drive, we will be going again for sure!