Features: If you’re on the hunt for a roomy playground that promises plenty of fun for all ages, Oakdale Park in Smyrna is a sure bet. This playground with a soft rubber surface features two different sections: a play zone for the wee set, and another that offers more challenging action – including a rock-climbing component.

Oakdale’s toddler playground boasts one of the most-desired playground amenities for parents of little ones: baby/toddler swings. There’s also a smaller play structure that’s ideally suited for early walkers and young preschoolers. The structure includes two slides, a miniature rock-climbing wall for the more adventurous little folks, a small tunnel for climbing through, and enough space for young kids to run around and hide under. The playground for older children features a stand-alone rock-climbing tower that’s more challenging, ideally suited for ages 5-10. The main play structure for older kids includes monkey bars, three slides and lots of poles for climbing up and sliding down.

Amenities: There are plenty of park benches, restrooms plus water fountain, bicycle rack, and a small grassy area for blankets. The playground is enclosed to help keep kids safe and prevent them from wandering. Both the men’s and women’s restrooms are equipped with changing stations. Ample parking.

One nice perk about Oakdale Park is its close proximity to the Silver Comet Trail. Consider an outing to the playground that also includes a stroll or bike excursion on the trail.

Directions: Oakdale Park is located at 4126 South Atlanta Rd. SE, Smyrna. The park is at the intersection of South Atlanta Road and Daniel Street. The location is just north of the Atlanta Road/Cumberland Parkway intersection and about one-quarter mile from the Ivy Walk shopping center.

– Roni Singleton Jeter

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