Ganeko Park is a cute little park that is usually quiet, probably because it is surrounded by graves so local parents don’t encourage their children to play here. If you’re not superstitious you can usually have the cement slide and playground equipment all to yourself.
Samashita Park is fun but not the safest park for young children. It has a roller slide but at the end of the slide there are no side barriers. The playground is made of wood and ropes and goes down the hill ending at the “hippo boot slide” that can be seen at a few other parks.
Morikawa means “forest river” and this park has lots of trees and a natural spring. The spring is located just to the left of the park and can be accessed by a narrow path. At the top is a rest spot and grassy area with a view. Half way up is the park, which has swings and a huge cement slide.
The park and memorial sit on Kakazu ridge, a place that saw heavy fighting during WWII. Visitors are divided between those who come for the memorial and those who come for the park. The left side of the park has a big cement slide and an obstacle-course looking playground. The right side has swings and a playground for small children. Hike to the top and you get a great view!
Like a lot of people, the first time I came here I couldn’t believe I’d been driving by this park for years without even knowing it was a park. There is a skatepark, swings, basketball and tennis courts, water to play in, a cement slide, and other playground equipment. This park is fun and has a great central location on the island.
Located next to Nagata Elementary, this park feels bigger than it is. It has a small playground at the bottom and an open field on the top. Connecting the two areas is a dinosaur themed cement slide. There is no parking lot but there is usually open parking available at the elementary school. The entrance of the park is hard to see so use the elementary school as your landmark.
The first time I came here my daughter asked if this was Totoro’s house, because it looks like he should be here. The playground is shaped like pine trees and there is a roller slide that runs through the actual pine trees. Collect pine cones and play hide and seek at this unique park.
Watatake is a very unique park with a pond and small streams running around the park. In the pond are giant turtle figurines and steps to get to the middle of the pond. There is also an elephant slide and lookout point.
Katabaru is located behind the Ginowan San-A and has lots of slides, swings and several combination playgrounds. It opens up wider on one side so there is room to kick or throw a ball around. It gets full on the weekend with neighborhood kids and families who have come to shop at the nearby stores.
Located just a short walk from Shisa Park this park is awesome. With tunnel, swings, and slides this park has something for kids of all ages. Adan gets high points for its originality and close proximity to Shisa Park. This is also the ultimate hide and seek park.