Stover Park was the last of three parks we visited today, the other two being Boyd Park and Hollinshead Park. We actually stumbled upon this park last fall, and ended up taking some amazing pictures of our son. Stover is a smaller, neighborhood park with street parking.
Stover Park has a generic play structure, 2 infant swings, 2 regular swings, and a few ride-ables. Our son generally enjoys the slides at Stover Park. However, we discovered on a hot day that the metal slides are more than uncomfortable. The play structure also sits pretty close to the street. There is limited parenting seating around the perimeter of the play area. I also found the picnic table, one of only a couple, to be a little warped and uncomfortable.
What Stover Park has going for it, at least during this time of year, is how green it is. I almost felt like I was in the Willamette Valley with how green the trees were. The trees are also thick, leaving at last half of the play area shaded. It was an extremely hot day, so we definitely appreciated this.
There is a hedge that separates the play area from the baseball diamond. You can get to the baseball diamond via street parking on one side, and more open paths on the others. But, to enter the diamond through the hedge, you have to find this one small opening. It’s hard to get a picture of how whimsical this is. It made me smile to walk through this opening.
There are some grassy areas in Stover Park. We feel like there is not enough seating here. Certainly if your family wants to do a picnic day, I would have a back up plan if Stover Park is full. Also bring a blanket to sit on. Plan for this park to have plenty of traffic during baseball/softball season. The park has a porta-potty and a water fountain. In general, it is a great park for a regular non-busy day. During peak hours I would maybe find another park. Use caution on extremely hot days with the metal slide, which is such a shame because the park is so shaded!
(A scale of 1 to 5 where 1 is the least desirable and 5 is the most desirable)
Overall Score: 4.5
Stover Park is a great community park for families in the area. The green colors are amazing, as is the butterflies. There is not a lot of seating. The metal slides get very hot during warm summer days. The park sits very close to the road, which would cause helicopter parents to worry. Some of the benches in the park are bowed, making this uncomfortable and seem not in good condition. There is also a dog on the other side of the one of the fences who’s loud bark and growl could scare little ones. Stover park has street only parking.