Sylvan was our last stop on a three park tour today. We were surprised to find an off-street parking lot for this park, but with only a few non-handicap parking spots they were full. The Street parking is plentiful. We decided not to let our son out of the car because the park was packed and the play area was being used for soccer practice.
The play area was very unimpressive in general. As we were driving through the affluent area, we were expecting to find a beautiful and well stocked park. Instead we found one small play structure with a metal slide (can we say ouch in the summer). There is one regular swing and one infant swing. There is not a lot of seating around the play area.
The park does have a first-come first-serve tennis court, spacious grass area, and some natural landscaping. I do not remember if I saw bathrooms, water fountains, or a doggie station. I’m assuming there is a doggie station somewhere, because this park is on the other end of the walking trail that also starts/ends at Summit Park.
I’ll admit we did not give this park a lot of time, but I would skip it in general.
(A scale of 1 to 5 where 1 is the least desirable and 5 is the most desirable)
Overall Score: 3.5
Summit Park may be adequate as a local park, but it is not worth the drive to find it. The play structure is lacking in imagination and general depth. The metal slide would make any helicopter parents worry on a hot day. Although there is a tennis court, which is not common for parks in the area, Slyvan park seems to be missing some of the most basic necessities like a bathroom and water fountain. Do not come here to picnic unless you want to sit on a blanket, there was very little seating. There is only one regular swing and one infant swing, which could cause issues on busy days. In general, skip this park.