Pleasant Kingdom is a large wooden playground in Pleasant Hills (South Hills) located behind the Pleasant Hills Municipal building. When I was a resident of the South Hills area and frequented the park with my son. The unique wooden playground is quaintly tucked under large shade trees. Elevated grassy knolls provide great views of the entire playground (ideal for parents). Other features include a small sprinkler area*, public bathrooms, picnic shelters, basketball courts and a concession stand* (*open summer weekdays from 1-4pm & 6-9pm).
Real Mom Review: Pleasant Kingdom
Pleasant Kingdom scored 91% on the Pittsburgh Playground Rating System. 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?
This wooden playground is huge! There are multiple areas within Pleasant Kingdom. Upon entering, there’s a large, flat open area- partially brick, partially rubber matting for the sprinkler area. Towards the front is a toddler play area where young children can climb safely up small steps leading to a gradual slide. There are also tires to climb through a pretend car to drive. The toddler area transitions into larger wooden structures.
Parents and children will be excited to find tons of playful elements such as a “store front” window, stationary check board, musical bells, hidden art, and tic-tac-toe games. I’m not a huge fan of mulch but I didn’t mind Pleasant Kingdom’s ground. It was more like wood chips… less pokey. There were also avenues of rudder matting that navigated throughout the playground and continued to the back area where the swings were.
Additional features included a couple pavilions on either side of the playground. The wooden picnic tables were in amazing condition. There’s also seating towards the front of the park and benches throughout the playground area. The sprinkler area in the front runs weekdays from 1-4pm and 6-9m through the summer season (weather permitting). Two staff members were there while the sprinklers were on during our visit. Located in the front building near the bathrooms in a small concession stand. The concession stand is also open during sprinkler hours. They have a small selection of item from 50¢ – $1.00; ice cream sandwiches, Gatorade, water, soda, and chips.
The park itself is pretty tucked back behind any main roads, however there is a small backroad beside the playground. Although the road doesn’t see much traffic and there are barriers in place, it could be a hazard to parents of young children… not that you can take your eyes off them anyways! 🙂
A couple small things side the playground could have used attention. There were two vertical, spin-able game elements that were rather hard to turn. Also, a couple tight rope walk play parts were low and dragging on the ground.
The tennis courts were closed off and in a state of disrepair. In the years we’ve been visiting, I’ve never seen them in working condition. It’s a little disappointing because it is such a large area. The basketball courts located on the upper front hill were open and in good repair, but there was a sign that stated visitors needs a resident card to use the courts.
Pleasant Kingdom | E. Bruceton Road, Pleasant Hills PA, 15236