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Slide on over to our Park of the Month, Sophie and Madigan’s Playground!

April was the opening of a magical new playground (renamed the “princess
playground” according to my daughter). If you have a child that enjoys princesses or
fairytales, put this on your playground bucket list.

About the Playground

It is important to note that this playground was created by the Lillard family, “to honor
the lives of Sophie and Madigan Lillard by building a memorial playground and
providing opportunities for children and their families to play, learn, and create
lifelong memories together…” *

And oh did I see families making memories when I visited!

It’s All About the Details

The older section of the playground has big slides, a fun bridge and
lots of climbing opportunities. There are also two baby swings and four regular
swings along with a Sky Web for the older kids to climb high on!

The well-thought out details of this playground are really something to be
appreciated. The huge castle felt like something from Disneyworld. The castle is the
largest structure on the playground with multiple ways to enter- through Rapunzel’s
hair, the mermaid tale, the rock climbing wall or the stairs. The inside of the castle
has bridges, a telescope in the turret, slides and countless climbing options.

There is also a treasure hunt, which my 4 year old enjoyed. You spin to see what
object to look for such as the crown, shield or a sword. Other features of the
playground: Rapunzel spinning web, pumpkin carriage, horse spring riders, a small
slide with a hill for the kids to run up and down.

When to Visit

We visited the playground right after it opened and it was very busy. If you are
nervous about crowds, wait until the excitement of the new playground settles a bit
because I think the playground will be buzzing with excitement for awhile.


A bonus of this playground is that it strives to be fully accessible for children of all
abilities. I saw multiple fully accessible swings!

Oh and keep your eyes peeled because there will be a Phase 2 of this playground
opened (hopefully) in Fall and Phase 3 opened next year. It’s going to be a true
destination playground. What a beautiful tribute to two precious girls.

—Katrina Kessler

Sophie and Madigan’s Playground 632 Contender Way, Frederick, MD 21703

Quick stats:

Bathrooms: Installing Porta Pottys 
Parking: Yes (huge parking lot)
Picnic Benches: Yes (not shaded but spread out)
Swings: Yes (fully accessible swings available)
People Traffic: Just opened so very busy!
Nearby Food: Downtown Frederick is only 10 mins away with plenty of food options!

Let us know if you have any playground suggestions for us to check out in Maryland via our social media or email artdirector@jecoannapolis.com.

Katrina is a Maryland mom of two toddlers and has become an avid playground
explorer since the playgrounds re-opened during the pandemic. You can follow
along with her visits at @marylandkiddos. She enjoys reading, music and walks
outdoors. Recently she has combined her experience as a parent with her
master’s degree in psychology to launch a new page @connectingwithkatrina,
which aims to connect parents and children to nature and their emotional health
through virtual and in-person guides and classes.

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