Park Score: 10/10
If you have not been to this park… you need to get your life together. I discovered this jem way late in my collegiate career and will forever regret it. I seriously find myself driving past this park on the way home from class just to awe at its sheer amount of swings. This is the awesome, the epic, Caboose Park!!!! (Fyi it is also known as Municipal Park and Hand-in-Hand Park) Quite frankly this is what I will be measuring all other parks against.
Location: Technically this mammoth park stretches from Turner Street to Patrick Henry and is situated right behind the houses on Giles Road. It is right next to the Community and Aquatic Center and is also right across from the Old Blacksburg High School.
Swings: 16+ (a very important factor if you ask me)
Bathrooms: Yes (entire building), even water fountains
Parking: Yes, multiple lots and access routes to park
One of the best parts of this park is the different sections. There are two entirely different equipment types that divide that park… wood and metal. Honestly I have played on both and they are both great. The wooden part, called the Hand-in-Hand Park is more for the little kids, complete with castles and tire swing type things.
It even has a wood balance beam. It is the old school type of park that is meant for tikes but they could easily get hurt on and was before most safety regulations happened. I am not saying it is not safe, I mean the wood is so oiled down that its practically impossible to get a splinter… I am just saying that those are the best type of care free parks. The other side is more plastic and a little less creative in the equipment but still great. They have a massive slide that I must have gone down 20 times. People judged me but it was awesome.
There is also plenty of land complete with pavilions and tables everywhere if you want to take a rest. Trees shade a good portion of the park and would be a great place to settle down with a book. unfortunately I noticed that the storm last Friday took out one of the larger trees which was heart breaking to see but, there are still plenty of beautiful old trees.
Smack dab in the middle of the entire playground is, of course, a caboose. You cant go in it or anything, I cant even imagine that safety hazard, but it is still an unique accent to the landscape.
Even Beyond the Equipment area there is a baseball field. I do not know if anyone can use it, but it sure looked like it was well kept and game ready. Hope everyone enjoys this park as much as I do!!