Briggs Park

May 9, 2021

#16 Briggs Park 324 Knapp Avenue NE (at Oakwood NE) 6.55 Acres

After being closed during last summer (2020) due to the Covid pandemic, the 3 City swimming pools will be once again open for business this summer- 2021! This includes Briggs Park pool on the NE side!

The swimming pool is the dominant feature of Briggs Park and is a really neat facility. The pool depth ranges from the 2’4″ shallow end to the 12′ deep end with a diving board. A giant waterslide, concession stand, accessible handicap lift, restroom/locker room and picnic tables are all part of this turquoise blue oasis of summer fun. We walked along the outside of the fence this cool May Day, admiring the structure and visualizing a hot July day with dozens of kids, splashing, making noise and enjoying the “dog days” of summer. It took some conjuring as we were in our down coats, trees still in bud and the swimming pool was empty!

Another Kaboom park (we are beginning to recognize them now, distinctive bright colors and innovative structures). Also look for a basketball court, tennis courts and picnic shelter. Free public wifi!

Deep end of the pool for diving
The Monster waterslide at Briggs Park
At Briggs Park, another Kaboom Playground!

Below, natural materials used in playground structure of a Kaboom Playground

Aberdeen Park

May 9, 2021

#16 Aberdeen Park

2230 Eastern Avenue NE (at Evelyn NE) 10.10 ACRES

Aberdeen Park is a great park with all the expected amenities of playground, picnic shelter, bathrooms, splash pad, tennis courts and baseball diamond. It also boosts large open areas with beautiful old trees, some walkways and parking off Diamond Ave.

When visiting today, there were a few families cooking Mother’s Day dinners on a couple of the many grills available while the kids amused themselves on the Kaboom sponsored modern playground equipment. (Look for Kaboom parks throughout the city- their colorful innovative playgrounds are a real treat).

One interesting finding was in the park was an apple and pear orchard, planted in 2011 by community volunteers with the Creston Neighborhood Association. Sign says harvest is available to anyone.

The park is adjacent to the large play field of Aberdeen elementary and middle school to the North East and playground and parking lot of All Saints Academy (Catholic early elementary school) on the East. These 3 contiguous areas give the feeling of a wide-open space in the center of the busy NE residential area just east of Plainfield avenue. Very peaceful!

Climbing wall for the younger crowd!
Picnic shelter with attached restrooms.

6 tennis courts available with mini bleachers facing the action!

Baseball diamond with “dugout for each team.
Apple and pear trees planted by neighbors to Aberdeen Park-pick your own!