Features: Two separate playgrounds sit right across from each other. The larger is best suited for older kids, ages 5-12. A giant pirate ship-shaped play structure with a three-level tree house provides lots of playing, climbing and sliding opportunities. The tree house is for children who aren’t afraid of heights. It is a good climb up to two giant tube slides that land on a soft mulch-like surface that covers the ground of both playgrounds. There is also a separate climbing wall and four swings. (Each playground has an inclusive swing that disabled children can also use.) The toddler playground has typical mini-slides and climb-ups in addition to two bucket swings and two regular swings. Both playgrounds have fences separating them from parking lots. A small, concrete basketball court, open green space, and a community garden also occupy the park.
Amenities: Plenty of benches and a long wall bench provide ample seating. There are several covered picnic pavilions. Bathrooms are clean and accessible, and water fountains are available. There is little to no shade. In the early evening, shade does cover the larger playground.
Directions: Mason Mill Park is located at 1340 McConnell Drive, Decatur. From downtown Decatur, head north on Clairmont Road. Turn right onto McConnell. The new playground is next to the DeKalb Tennis Center.
– Laura Powell