Dan Cohen Playground & Shadyside/Mellon Sprinkler Park | Location: Mellon Park Spray Park is located adjacent to the Mellon Park Tennis Center on Fifth Avenue at the intersection of Beechwood Boulevard

Dan Cohen Playground

When I asked for Pittsburgh based playgrounds, Mellon Park’s Dan Cohen playground came highly suggested. It’s easy to see why! Admittedly, I was hesitant to step outside our normal routine and venture through Shadyside to visit Mellon Park for the first time. I’m delightfully surprised to say I can see why this park came so recommended.

Real Mom Review: Dan Cohen Playground and Mellon Spray Park

In the Pittsburgh Playground series, I’ve been traveling around the city to visit the city’s most notable playgrounds to provide an unbiased review. Here are some of the things I was looking for:

  • How was the quality, diversity, and accessibility of the playgrounds equipment?
  • Is the area free of hazards (i.e. free of defects, equipment in good repair, no traffic hazards, etc.)?
  • Did the playground encourage play and curiosity through a variety of spaces, age appropriate materials flexible equipment?

The Dan Cohen playground has a wonderful set up. First off, there’s free parking available within close proximity (although it is limited). The playground is fenced in and public restrooms are at the entrance of the park. There’s tons of bench seating for adults and huge shade trees covering a large portion of the sprinkler area. Visitors can also take advantage of the nearby grassy knoll and picnic pavillion across the street.

There are multiple parts to the playground including one large handicap accessible playground for children ages 5-12, two smaller toddler playgrounds, merry-go-rounds, basketball courts, baseball fields, swings AND…. (drum roll, please) a SPRINKLER PARK!

The playground areas were completely surrounded with rubber flooring with pathways of concrete connecting the areas. The large playground was in great condition and included great interactive elements such as a tic-tac-toe board, spinning gears and a series of moving bridges. Smaller guests will love the nearby playhouse-type equipment and the toddler playground with low-level climbing structures and slides.

Although the sprinkler park isn’t as large as the Troy Hill sprinkler park, there were plenty of playful elements- in-ground sprinklers, dump buckets, misters and more. Parents and caregivers will appreciate that the ground around the sprinkler park is also covered in the rubber flooring.

Standing in the middle of The Dan Cohen playground and Mellon Spray Park, I couldn’t help but notice that kids of all ages looked like they were having a blast (from toddlers to tweens). The multiple structures and easy flow make it easy for kids to stay entertained and active. It was our first visit but we’ll certainly be heading back again soon!

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