Jacobson Park: Blerg

Jacobson Park, I’m just so disappointed. OK, so maybe I was planning to be disappointed but I sure wasn’t convinced to feel any other way.

Named for the water manager EE Jacobson, the water manager for 30 years back in the 30’s through 60’s, the park has a beautiful view of the reservoir. Located out Richmond Road past Man o’ War, the playground itself is a very small part of the over 200 acres set aside for Lexington play. The park has lots of fun opportunities: kite flying, movie watching, dog playing, duck quacking, sports participating, picnicking, fishing, and paddle boating.

It used to be a destination for kids of Lexington to play on a unique playground built by the community some 30 years ago. Last year though it was decided to completely replace the playground with new equipment, despite a public outcry. One of the major concerns was accessibility of the playground to all children. This is important and should not be minimized however, the complete demolition of a beloved space was not necessary. The park simply no longer has any of it’s unique features and qualities that made it interesting and attractive.

The playground equipment is all brand new so has that shiny new look to it. Some of the landings are a bit slippery as are the wood blocks scattered throughout.

There are lots of swings available and plenty of places to climb. One of my favorite spots is in the middle of the larger play equipment: a web of netting to be climbed and navigated. If I were quite a bit smaller, I bet it would be awesome.

The park has some nice places for the smaller among us to play, something unique to Lexington. Those just learning to walk have a swing, bouncer, and some plastic knobs to turn.

There are lots of new trees planted but I assume by the time these trees provide nice shade for kids and parents, the city will be ready to tear this one down and start again. Much of the ground is covered in dirt, and when I visited, mud. You’d think with that half million they got for the new playground equipment, they could have bought some sod to go with it.

There remains two turrets from the previous playground although, spitefully, it is blocked off and children cannot climb to the top.

I wish I hadn’t gone to the new playground. I so loved the old one. I am not able to be unbiased so excuse my review if you love the new set-up.

For kids 2-5
For kids 2-5
Fun swing in the 2-5 kids' area
Fun swing in the 2-5 kids’ area
Not sure it's big enough to require these signs...
Not sure it’s big enough to require these signs…
For children ages 5-12
For children ages 5-12
A little shade
A little shade
Center of 5-12 playset
Center of 5-12 playset
Swings where parent and child can stare lovingly into each others eyes
Swings where parent and child can stare lovingly into each others eyes
Toddler swings
Toddler swings
Part of the old playground with signage to EE Jacobson.
Part of the old playground with signage to EE Jacobson.
In case you get lost
In case you get lost
Little education with your play?
Little education with your play?

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Nice to have a fountain available.
Nice to have a fountain available.
Adult sized and kid sized
Adult sized and kid sized
Unfinished or just sloppy installation?
Unfinished or just sloppy installation?

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