Where do you go when the sun is blazing hot and your neighborhood park’s play structure feels like a fireball? Take cover! The following parks with shaded playgrounds are our perfect picks for outdoor fun when the sun is at its peak. Flip through the gallery for the scoop.

Laurelhurst Park

Depending on the time of day, you might have part sun, part shade or mostly sun, but the massive play structure is perfect for kiddos of a variety of ages and it can hold a lot of them on busy days. There's a restroom right there, as well as a shaded, paved trail nearby that leads to and around the large duck pond in this clean and well maintained park.

SE Caesar E. Chavez Blvd. and SE Stark St.
Online: portlandoregon.gov/parks

photo: Laurelhurst Park, courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation

What’s your favorite shaded park? Let us know in the comments below!

— Suzie Ridgway

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