Memphis Mom Co | Playground Roundup

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The importance of outdoor play is unequivocal. From the American Association of Pediatrics to the 1000 Hours Outside movement, the physical and psychological benefits of children spending time outside are strongly touted. And, let’s be honest, we grown-ups get cagey, too; time supervising children outside can be more tolerable (dare I say, enjoyable) than within the confines of home.

So, in the true spirit of anticipating and celebrating the endless hours of summer, join us as we go around the greater Memphis area and point out our favorite playgrounds for kids of all ages!

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(Click the area to jump to the part of town you’re looking for!)

DOWNTOWN/MIDTOWN | EAST MEMPHIS | GERMANTOWN/COLLIERVILLE | BARTLETT/CORDOVA | ARLINGTON/LAKELAND

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Peabody Park | Cooper Young | 712 Tanglewood St, Memphis, TN 38104

Peabody Park is your traditional neighborhood playground, with a twist: there’s a splash pad! This accessible playground offers swings and slides galore. There are big shade trees and a gazebo to help keep cooler in the summer heat. Pro Mom Tip: head there first thing in the morning if you have littles. It’s a popular teen hangout in the afternoon. playground

East Parkway Playground | Overton Park, Midtown | This doesn’t exist on Google Maps, but believe us that it is there! Follow directions to East Parkway Pavilion, Memphis, TN 38112

This playground is another traditional type, with a small structure for younger kids and a larger structure for older kids. There are ample picnic tables and shade. Head into the Overton Park forest on the paved or unpaved trails, and make your way to the Rainbow Lake Playground or Zoo!

River Garden Park | Downtown (Fourth Bluff) | On Riverside, between Court and Jefferson

In addition to amazing views of the Mississippi River, this park has swings, hammocks, climbing structures, plus a couple of “nests” that my kids love playing pretend in. It’s close to the Pyramid parking lot, so if you’re in that area, check it out!

Rainbow Lake Playground | Overton Park, Midtown | Old Forest Ln, Memphis, TN 38104

One of the more unique playgrounds in the area, Rainbow Lake Playground is mostly all wooden, with natural and musical features built in. Climb through a tunnel that looks like a felled tree, or explore the maze of elevated platforms (with safety nets). Park and play here then walk to the Zoo, or visit Overton Park Shell just down the road! Real bathrooms located next to the covered pavilion. Click here to check out our reel featuring everything about Rainbow Lake!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Riverside Park | Downtown | W Mallory Ave, Memphis, TN 38106

This park includes a marina, playground, lake, ball field, 2 outdoor tennis courts, and a 1.2-mile paved walking trail! It’s a great park; the lake is pretty and your kids will love fishing on it!

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Marquette Park | East Memphis | 4946 Alrose Ave. Memphis, TN 38117

This favorite East Memphis park features two playground structures (big & little kids), baby and big kid swings, a pavilion you can rent out, lots of open space to run, and a paved walking trail. There’s two pora-potties in the rear area of the playground. Pro Mom Tip : the road next to the park is ONE WAY ONLY, so be sure to enter off of Mount Moriah.

Avon | East Memphis | 310 Avon Road, Memphis, TN 38117

This also acts as the playground for White Station Elementary School during the school year, but Avon is a great little neighborhood park with big and little playground equipment and lots of swings. Many people bring bikes and practice riding without training wheels on the paved walking trail.

Sea Isle Park | East Memphis | 1264 Wellsville Rd, Memphis, TN 38117

Sea Isle Park is both a walkable neighborhood destination and someplace to where you can drive – most people park on Wellsville Road (but of course be respectful to the residents). One play structure looks like a pirate’s ship, while the other has a more traditional round design with various types of slides shooting off of it. In between are swings (accessible, too) and picnic tables. You can even bring Fido – there’s a big dog park adjacent to the playground (but safely separated). The walking path around the entire park is exactly 1 mile.

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Holmes Park | East Memphis | Hickory Crest Drive, Memphis, TN 38119

A 20 acre park with a half mile walking trail, play area (basic swings and slides), and ball fields. This is a great East Memphis spot!

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Riverdale Park | Germantown | 7345 Neshoba Rd, Germantown, TN 38138

Riverdale Park has two playgrounds, one of which is completely accessible! The accessible playground is any child’s dream, complete with swings and slides. There are also rope climbing structures and a huge fake tree that is the centerpiece. Can you spot the hidden forest animals? accessible playground

Cameron Brown Park | Germantown | 8628 Farmington Blvd, Germantown, TN 38139

This park is HUGE at 55 acres. It features a lake, two playgrounds, lighted fields and walking trails. There’s wheelchair friendly picnic tables and a dock to go fishing. So fun! Plus, there’s real bathrooms next to a parking lot, between the play areas and near the baseball fields.

McVay Park | Germantown | 7335 McVay Rd, Germantown, TN 38138

With TONS of shade, your kids will have a ball while staying cool. It has a separate swing area with both baby swings and big kids swings plus climbing structures. A lake with a walking trail is a perfect way to end playtime! ** Not wheelchair friendly, unfortunately, but jogger strollers would work great **

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Poplar Estates Park | Germantown | 1130 Poplar Estates Pkwy, Germantown, TN 38138

This is a great little park with TWO shady playground areas, picnic tables, and a half basketball court. Be warned for littles: there is water that your kids will find a way into…

Suggs Park | Collierville | 163 E South St, Collierville, TN 38017

With a dog park, splash pad, and a fun playground, this park has something for everyone!

W.C. Johnson Park | Collierville | 419 W C. Johnson Park Dr, Collierville, TN 3801

Featuring a lake, playground area, and walking trails, this is a great park! There’s even a splash pad! **There are rules about who is and isn’t allowed to use the splash area; see our guide to water fun HERE for more information.

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Yale Road Neighborhood Park | Bartlett | 6241 Yale Rd, Bartlett, TN 38134:

Yale Road Neighborhood Park is bright and cheery with its colorful play structures. Climb on abstract shapes or play make believe in a construction vehicle-themed structure. Round out your visit with a walk around the lake!toddler playing on bulldozer playground structure

Municipal Park | Bartlett | 2975 Altruria Rd, Bartlett, TN 38134

Located behind city hall, this park features a Japanese garden playground, and lighted tennis courts. It sits on 10 acres and is honestly a really pretty place.

Ellendale Park | Bartlett | 3800 Greenleaf Cove, Bartlett , TN, 38135

This park has a fun playground, tennis courts, and a 3/4 mile walking trail. Definitely worth checking out!

Bellevue Baptist Church | Cordova | 2000 Appling Rd, Cordova, TN 38016

The best part of Bellevue’s playgrounds? They’re all the way fenced in! They are open to the public. Plus, if your kids get too hot or want a snack (or heck, need to potty) then head inside to Creation Station!

Woodland Discovery Playground | Shelby Farms Park | 651 N Pine Lake Dr, Cordova, TN 38018

Truly one-of-a-kind, Woodland Discovery Playground is considered Memphis’ premier sensory playground! It boasts everything from a sandy area to below surface level slides and rock wall-type structures, to elaborate rope climbing structures. This place is enormous, and will entertain even your oldest children. Real bathrooms are located at the entrance to the 4 playground “pods.”

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Buckhead Creek Recreation | Arlington | 8300 US-70, Arlington, TN 38002

There are three pavilions you can rent, a fishing pond, and a playground. With lots of walking areas and covered picnic areas, this is a place you can spend all day outdoors!

Windward Slopes Park | Lakeland |  9774 Beverle Rivera Dr, Lakeland, TN 38002

The park features a 1/3 mile paved walking trail, parking, a great playground with water misters, a pavilion, two tennis courts, a ball wall, and restrooms.

Zadie E. Kuehl Memorial Park | Lakeland | 3065 Yukon Dr, Lakeland, TN 38002

This fun park has a great playground and a pavilion available to rent. It’s located in the Canada Woods subdivision.

Playground of Dreams | Arlington | 5990 Chester St, Arlington, TN 38002

All built on astro-turf, the new playground boasts nine slides, a designated toddler area and toddler-size/baby swings, a jungle gym section, and large shaded areas for hot days. Plus, there’s a rope feature in the middle, which kids of all ages can explore and climb. There’s also a music area, swings, a small climbing wall, and interactive games. You could spend hours here! And bonus, real bathrooms!

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rainbowsThis is by no means an exhaustive list. Search the Memphis Mom Collective archives for other articles about outdoor fun or ask a friend for a recommendation. There are so many amazing outdoor play spaces across the region – rain or shine.

What’s your favorite playground?

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