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Orchards Park in Allen

Location: 1705 Lake Travis Drive in Allen, west of Angel Parkway between Main Street and Bethany Drive in The Orchards neighborhood.

What makes it noteworthy: Kids love the 10 slides of all shapes and heights at this bright new playground. To reach the four tallest slides, big kids scale a towering three-story play structure with many different ladders and climbing poles. Preschoolers can practice their own climbing skills on the smaller play set, equipped with three slides. Swings (including two therapeutic swings) are available for all ages.

Extras: A covered area with tables and benches, located right next to the playground, provides shade for supervising parents. If it’s not too hot, take a spin on the paved trails that loop around this modest neighborhood park.

Safety: The brand-new equipment earned an A* on the Playground Safety Report Card. Though the big play set is taller than the recommended 8 feet, extensive protective railings keep kids from climbing over or falling off.