A few years ago, businesses and individuals in Astoria got together and created this wonderful playground. Laurel and I have walked through the area for older children and now Laurel and Teagan enter the Tot Lot designated for kids ages 2 to 5. It's nicely designed, and even at just under a year and a half, Teagan was able to use most of the play areas and wear himself out.
Tapiola Park is located on the Young's Bay side of the Astoria hill just across the street from the bay. Wooden play structures reflect aspects of the area. You'll find a Victorian house, the Riverfront Trolley, wooden salmon, and a fishing boat, along with the tot-friendly "Fort Clatsop." The real Fort Clatsop is on the other side of the bay. Charming tiles on the entrance to the Tot Lot show the plants and flowers as Meriwether Lewis might have drawn them. Just a few yards up the hill is the skateboard park where I took this photo.
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