Golden Valley, MN
What to expect?
- It’s a “Ninja Park.” At least that’s what my kids call it. At Schaper Park challenges are “intended” for ages 13+, but my 6-year old can rock the whole course in 58 seconds. So, age limit, schmage limit. All abilities and ages welcome. But bigger kids will be more entertained/challenged than little ones.
- A couple good sized parking lots (that fill up fast during adult softball league nights)
- Safe turf footing throughout entire park and a a cemented trail (the Luce Line) that leads through the woods (and actually about 60+ miles west)
- Bathrooms and water fountains available in the small building next to the softball fields (only open seasonally, April through October)
- Smaller play area for little kids that is basically tiny slides, a bridge and some stairs and other climbers
- The challenge course includes a number of obstacles based loosely off Conquer Ninja Warrior (but easier – even I can do it) and provides a timer in case you have a competitive edge.
- The “40-meter dash” track also provides a timer to test your sprint speed (what takes NFL players 4 seconds takes me 9…no surprise there)
- Softball field directly behind the playground
- No real shade options other than a couple umbrellas over the little kid area
- Benches and small “bleachers” for resting your feet
- Gets SUPER busy during the summer – it’s new and unique so to be expected, but if you want quieter times, try early afternoons or late evenings/dinner times
- TIP: If you have extra time on your hands, bop across Hwy 55 to Theodore Wirth Park and check out the Quaking Bog!
What to bring?
- A blanket to lay out if you want to picnic or relax
- Bikes if you want to do the Luce Line Trail
- Baseball gear if you want to hit up the field next door
- Tennis shoes! Tennis shoes! Tennis shoes!
- Sunscreen/sun hats (it’s only shaded by a couple umbrellas)
- Water – kids get tired and thirsty here
- Band-aids. I dunno. Better safe than sorry.
How to get there?
631 Ottawa Ave N
Golden Valley, MN 55422
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