As we wave goodbye to summer and welcome fall, now is a good time to squeeze in a few more playground outings before the weather turns cold and wet. And what better way to slide into autumn, than by actually sliding. We’ve rounded up a handful of playgrounds with kid-approved, fun-filled slides. Just remember… when you take the tykes to these playgrounds, it’s more up and down and up and down (and well, you know the drill).

Westcrest Park

Located on the lid of the West Seattle Reservoir, and next to the Westcrest off-leash area, is where you will find the newly expanded Westcrest Park. In addition to a new playground, dueling zip lines, walking paths and panoramic views of the city, this park has five different slides designed to fit every type of daredevil. Walk past the climbing structure and discover the two “secret” slides set in the rocky hillside. Take the rock steps back up or scramble up the hill and go again and again. Going back up is just as much fun as sliding down. For kids looking for more tradition slides, the park has a play structure with two little kid slides, two wavy slides and one spiral big slide. Start on the smaller slides and work your way up to the bigger ones or race your friends down. Weeee!

Park extra: Westcrest Park has a huge lawn for playing or picnicking and winding paths and native prairie just waiting to be explored. Little monkeys will love conquering the Explorer Dome which contains a rope ladder, nets, loop bridge, tippy slide and other challenges. Plus, the park’s two speedy zip lines have disc-shaped seats and zip from a cushy elevated platform, making it easy for little ones to get on and off.

Westcrest Park
8th Ave. S.W. (between S.W. Cloverdale St. and S.W. Trenton St.)
Seattle Wa 98106
206-684-4075
Online: seattle.gov/parks/projects/west_seattle_reservoir

photo: Helen Walker Green

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— Natalia Dotto