2115 6th Street near U Street, Downtown - see Mapquest Map
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Amenities at 19.9-acre Southside Park include a swimming pool, wading
pool, three-quarter mile jogging
trail, Southside Clubhouse, lake with fishing piers, accessible playground, par course with four fitness stations, amphitheatre, and
picnic areas. Southside
Community Garden is located one block from the park.
Southside Park Master Plan (PDF) 195 KB
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The Southside Park fitness course consists of four groupings of exercise equiptment spaced on the four sides of Southside Park along the jogging trail. The fitness course includes advisory signs, and is intended for adults and children over 12 years old. It includes a full range of fitness events to round out your large muscle exercise routine. of (Fitness Course layout and demonstration photos of equipment installed at stations - pdf)
Southside Park Accessible
Playground Master Plan PDF file
The playground is 16,800 s.f. and is located next to the pool facility and close to the restroom.
The theme of the playground is "the solar system". Three distinct age appropriate play areas have been designed to include a rubber surfaced play area for infants under the age of 2, a tot lot for pre-school age children (2-5 year olds), and an adventure play area for school age children (5-12 year olds). Unique play features are included in the design to create a sensory enriched accessible playground. Such unique play elements in the play areas include an adventure play equipment with access ramps and handrails, a tot lot play equipment with access ramps and handrails, a merry-go-around, swings, spring riders, group rocking units, self propelled spin play units, independent climbing apparatuses and play units with sound features. Brightly colored protective rubber play surfacing in shapes of different planets also add to the space theme.
One focal point in the accessible playground is the decorative central seating area with seat walls and a colored sun pattern in the concrete paving which further enhance the solar galaxy theme.
A 10-foot wide concrete walkway borders the entire accessible playground site and provides two entries into the accessible playground from 6th Street. This pathway can support persons in wheelchairs and pedestrians. Pathways have various colors and textures to again stimulate different senses. Additional security is provided by a 3-foot high decorative wall and ornamental metal fence that secures the west portion of the accessible playground by eliminating direct access from the playground to the adjacent street.
Other amenities in the accessible playground include an art sculpture, raised planters, therapeutic gardens with various textured and scented plants, picnic tables, benches, trash receptacles, a drinking fountain, bike racks, flowering shrubs and groundcovers.