Local Area Playgrounds

Want to get out of the house, but don’t know where to go?  Check out this list of parks in and around the Chagrin Valley that you and your kids will love!

 

Auburn/Bainbridge:

Beartown Lakes Park – 306 (south) to Taylor May Road (east), past four-way stops at Haskins and Snyder, right (south) on Quinn Road, past stop sign, directly into park. Shelters, paved trails, hiking trails, toilet facilities, shade.  Very small playground perfect for little ones.

Eldon Russell Park – 422 east past La Due Reservoir turn left (north) on Rapids Road, 2.5 miles to entrance on the right. Playground is in the back of the park close to Chagrin River, shade, picnic tables, hiking trails, toilet facilities.

Federated Family Life Center – 306 between E. Washington and Bell. Two playgrounds: a fenced one adjacent to the building is for public use and well-suited to ages 1-3. Other playground has little shade. No swings. FLC building is not always open (mostly open on weekday AMs), so toilet facilities are not always available.

Gardiner School Playground – 306 to Bainbridge Road (east), past flashing light (Haskins) and four-way stop (Snyder), school is on the right side. Nice play area, picnic tables, no shade, no toilets.

Kenston Early Learning Center Playground – off of 306 in Bainbridge behind ELC and firehouse. Nice small play area for small children, swings, two picnic tables, no shade, no toilets.

River Road Park-Chagrin River Rd and Bainbridge Rd, next to big red barn. There are paved trails for walking, riding bikes, etc. Playground equipment for all ages. Picnic shelter and port-a-potties.

Settlers Park – 306 to Bainbridge Road (east), turn right (south) on Haskins (flashing light), go over 422, park is first road on right side. Shelter house, playground, toilet facilities, no shade.

Timmons School Playground – 306 to Washington Road (east), past stop light at Snyder, continue until you see the sign on the right. Playground is behind school. Swings, equipment for older children, no toilets and little shade.

Aurora:

Aurora Farms Outlet  – near Carter’s & Children’s Place stores, near large pond in center of outlet stores; toilets facilities nearby. Come feed the fish!

Kiwanis-Moore Park – 306 south past 43, turn right (west) at the Pioneer Trails traffic light, turn left before the firehouse. Lots of shade. Pavilion, four playground structures, benches, picnic tables, skate park, toilet facilities.

Sunny Lakes – 306 south past 43, turn left (east) at the Pioneer Trails traffic light, turn right (south) on Page Road. Paved trails around lake, swings along trails, toilet facilities.

Beachwood:

Preston’s H.O.P.E. – 7 miles from Chagrin Falls. 26001 S. Woodland Ave, Beachwood, on campus of Mandel JCC. Largest fully accessible playground park in Northeast Ohio. Free and open to the public. Newly built with many slides, swings, numerous playhouses, sand, and unique play areas. It can be tough if you have more than one child as the park is large. Limited shade.

Beachwood Park (JCC): At the corner of Shaker & Fairmount.  This playground has several play structures of different sizes, swings, slides, climbing structures, a sand box, a picnic pavilion, plus restrooms & water fountains. Well designed for kids of all ages and abilities.  Lots of shade.

Chagrin Falls/South Russell:

Chagrin Falls Village Park (Riverside Park) – Downtown Chagrin Falls along the river, enter across from the Popcorn Shop. Newer playground, swings, some shade, no toilets in the park, benches, ducks to feed. Close to river.

Gurney School Playground – 306 north to Bell Road, turn left (west), look for a sign on the right for Gurney School. Fun big play area with slides, mazes and a wooden fort. Watch out for bees in the summer time.

Chesterland:

Bessie Benner Metzenbaum Park: Cedar Road near 306, past Bessie Benner Metzenbaum Opportunity School.  Small playground, hiking trails, shaded picnic tables, a boardwalk along the Griswold Creek Trail (watch for beavers!), picnic shelter and restroom facilities.

Chester Township Park – corner of 306 and Mayfield Road.  This playground is especially good for very small kids – it is full of Little Tykes Play Equipment.  The park also has  a Gazebo, a Baseball Field, two Volleyball Courts, Horseshoe Pits, a Pavilion, some shade and Rest Room facilities.

Independence:

Elmwood Park – Located in Independence. Take 480 West, 77 South, and take a right at the Pleasant Valley exit. Take a left at Route 21/Brecksville Road. Take a left at Selig Drive. Park will be located on your right. This park has a permanent safety town road with stop signs and traffic lights! Bring your child’s bikes!

Middlefield:

Eagle Park – 18 miles from Chagrin Falls. Take 87 east, past West Woods, past downtown Burton, past Geauga County fairgrounds. Remain on 87, enter Middlefield, look for Springdale Avenue. Go north (left) and park is on your left (parking on right). Sprinklers are on from 10am to 8pm during summer months. Bring the swimsuits as it’s a “sprayground” park. Free of charge. Two splash pad areas, a large playground area, paved walking paths, gazebo, toilet facilities. Many picnic tables with shade.

Pepper Pike:

Pepper Pike Park  at the corner of Old Brainard Road and Shaker Blvd. The Park has six picnic tables, one is handicapped accessible, with numerous wooden benches, and three wooden swing gliders.  The park has lots of shade, a 50 x 50-foot play area equipped with a jungle gym, swings, tunnels, and slides. safe layout and padded ground in the play area.  You can also take advantage of the walking trail while in the park.

Russell:

West Geauga Commons – 306 between  Dines Road and Fairmount.  Park is on left – playground, pavilion, toilets.  Playground has sand, so sand toys work here as well.

Solon/Orange:

Orange Park – 422 west to Harper/Cochran Roads exit, turn right (north), turn right at Miles, a very short distance to the 1st left (Lander Road), turn left off of Lander after the Fire Station and follow the road back to the park. Playground, picnic tables, toilet facilities, walking trails and some shade.

Orange Village Community Park – 52 acre park which includes nature preserves with a half mile of paved trails, two baseball fields with bleachers and back stops, an ice skating area, tether ball, volleyball, and two tot lots with picnic pavilions, tables and grills, as well as a newer municipal facility. Playground with several unique structures.  Located off Pike Drive, just off Lander Road.

Solon Community Park – 422 West to 91/SOM Center Road, turn south, go past 43, park is on the left – playground, volleyball court (sandbox-bring toys), shelter, toilet facilities.