I’m excited to introduce Field Trip Friday – a time to share our experiences at all the places we’ve visited as a family!
My mind reminisces every so often of childhood memories at Round Hill Park. With a bag of stale bread in hand, I’d hop out of the car and head straight for the lake where I’d lob hunks of crust at the ducks circling in the water. My grandparents took me most often, and as a former farm boy, my Pap was always glad to see my excitement at the animals there.
Now visiting with my own little ones, I was so excited to feel the familiarity of this special place and thrilled to see some of the new updates to make the park even more fun for kids!
We made our way to Roundhill park last Friday on a gorgeous day with a few moms and kids from our playdate group. Special thanks to Sara from curouslittlekid,com and her “20 Things to do in Pittsburgh for under $20″ post for the recommendation!
We started out at the duck pond where I excitedly got out my bag of
semi-fresh “stale” bread thinking that my babes would do just as I had once done and feed the ducks. This was a bit of a “fail” (as Dan would say) as I watched Brayden, then Juile, stuff their mouths full of their bread without second thought to the ducks. They did enjoy watching me feed the ducks though and Brayden has even begun giving us an adapted duck “quack” (more of a grunt really.)
After visiting the animals, we got back in the car and headed towards the spray park. This area is to the left of the main parking lot in front of the entry road. For us, this was definitely a car ride but you could probably walk it if you were ambitious!
The spray park is provided free from Allegheny County and features numerous water features – fountains, sprays, and a barn that periodically dumps water on those standing beneath it.
- There were a few park benches around the spray park area, but we took extra towels and a packed lunch which worked out well. There is also a pavilion and some playground equipment nearby if you are looking for something more substantial.
- Unlike the city Spray Parks (I believe), Round Hill Spray Park does have chlorinated water. I personally am thrilled about this as I feel like this could be kinda germy if the water wasn’t properly cleaned. Keep in mind I’m relying fully on my nose for this information so your mileage may vary.
- Finally, there are a few port-a-potties and at least one large portable stall designated for changing. No indoor facilities are there, but this works pretty well.
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