Kay Park

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Securely tucked-in behind homes sits this hidden fenced-in park. Hopefully the locals and the Tam Valley community will not mind us letting you in on their little gem. This freshly remodeled park boasts a delightful tot lot with grass and wood chips areas. One part of the park is enclosed by a fence to keep little kids from getting in the way of swinging feet or attempting the larger play structure. In this area, are two toddler full-bucket swings, two older kid swings both with rubber coating on the swing chains. There is a new wooden and metal play structure that has many amenities including a plastic tunnel and a playhouse on top. A separate structure holds two rows of rings to hang from. Outside this area, three old-time adorable coil rockers a frog, a horse and a rocket have been happily retained. There is a new plastic toddler climbing structure with a tower that provides shade and a short plastic slide. There are three picnic tables and one street light.

Bathrooms

No.

Drinking Water

Water fountain.

Parking

Neighborhood.

Info

388-6393.

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  1. I learned from Floyd Beaver, long time resident of Kay Park and lifelong friend of my folks that this “gem” of a park was the idea of my father, Allan McPherson, when my folks bought their first home at 342 Linda Way (the first home built on Linda Way). Dad knew Jim Martin, the sub development contractor (who named the streets for his wife and children, Jean, Linda and Ross, BTW) and approached him with the idea that a Kay Park Property Owners Association be formed as the lots were sold including a “deal” to deed off a portion of each lot’s back yard to create this triangular enclosed playground… They talked it over and Jim agreed, given that 1) Dad would store all the back fence boards in our yard and deliver them to the new homeowners as they moved in and 2) Dad had to talk three homeowners into each deeding 18″ of their side lines, along with 18″ from my folks to create two paths into the park so folks who lived on the outer circle of K-=Park had access. Deal done, Dad spent many weekends not only delivering fence boards, but usually helping the new neighbors put up their fences. He and Mom hosted pot luck bar-b-q’s in the park as fundraisers to buy playground equipment for the park. Homeowners then gathered to install the equipment – no permits needed in 1950. As a result, a whole gang of us grew up in a community where everyone knew everyone and we all minded all of the adults who took turns watching us all over the fences … just imagine! It was wonderful!

  2. This is a somewhat hidden neighborhood gem–but much used and very friendly. It doesn’t have the equipment or amenities of Boyle Park or Hauke Park (really only 2.5* if you are only looking at the play structures), but it is a lovely area with separate play areas of bigger and smaller children and pretty good shade. It also has a dog area which makes for additional viewing fun (the kids areas are fenced–so it has a protected feel if children are nervous around dogs). This is probably the most fun for younger kids (7 and under). There are no restrooms, which is why it feels almost like a big back yard for the extended neighborhood. I love how many of the surrounding houses actually have fences that open up to the park. This really is a delightful place.

  3. The area for infants is actually pretty good. My son really likes to play here.

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