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Best Playground 

Lakewood Park

Situated on the bluffs overlooking Lake Erie, Lakewood Park has all the essentials of weekend life: baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts, picnic areas, a pool, and a band shell where the city holds free concerts. Its crown jewel, however, is the newly rehabbed playground, which is a monument to the virtues of treated lumber. Though it's geared toward preschoolers and early elementary-age children, it boasts castles, elevated walkways, giant rocker swings, and even a kiddie climbing wall. Whether the children are riding high on the spring-loaded plastic fish or pretending to drive the large wooden car, parents can be assured they'll never hear the three most dreaded words in the English language: "Mom, I'm bored."

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