aka The Frazzled Mom
One of the smaller parks in La Mirada, but still well known to the residents, is Gardenhill Park. Sharing the same name as the neighboring elementary school, Gardenhill may be small but it is still a great place for a family get together.Please forgive the quality of the photos. I was in a bit of a hurry.
One of the nice features of the park is the fairly new playground set. There are actually two. The smaller one is great for toddlers and young children just learning to climb. It has two small slides, easy stairs for both baby and parent to climb and a mini crawl through. The larger set boasts a bridge, at least three slides, easy steps to climb up, twisting bars and a sliding pole. Nearby, there are two swings for toddlers and two swings for older kids.
A basketball court sits between the playground and the tennis courts (two courts available). I noticed one day a mother with a toddler running the tennis courts. What a great idea! While her little girl did circles trying to follow, mom would jog around the inside perimeter of the court. It seemed like a good solution since the courts are fenced in, leaving the mom with some peace of mind that her baby would be safe and happy to run while she exercised.
On the North side of the park, is an open grass area perfect for playing soccer, football or practicing baseball.
Beautiful trees dispersed throughout gives the park an almost woodsy feel.
To the East is the Gardenhill Community Center, where preschool and after school programs are hosted. For anyone near the area and looking for a preschool, Tiny Tots is a great place for the little ones. Miss Michelle is attentive to every kid and is loving and understanding of meltdowns, tears and accidents.
On the far North is an open amphitheater in a semi-circle with a mini stage for meetings or performances. Throughout the park, there are charcoal grills and several picnic tables. Another plus: there are public restrooms. This park is a must for anyone looking to host a church picnic, small family reunion or a birthday party. Or, a quick trip for an evening of family fun.