A lot of parks around Grand Rapids have gotten some MAJOR upgrades recently. The latest playground renovation includes some really cool swings!

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Swings can be a tough one for kiddos. I've experienced it with my three nieces, who are two, four, and eight. The four-year-old is a little two big for the "baby seat" but not quite sure about the "big kid" swing yet. The two-year-old wants to swing like her sisters, but doesn't love being in the seat by herself.

Here's the solution!

Lamar Park in Wyoming has gotten new playground equipment with some unique swings!

Wyoming Parks and Recreation, Facebook
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The "parent/guardian and child together swing" is the first of its kind in Wyoming, Mich., according to the Parks and Rec Department. What a good idea! Have you seen swings like this before? I haven't!

The orange swings in the middle look larger than your average "baby seat", but still provide some security - so I think they'd be perfect for my four-year-old niece!

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Additional upgrades to Lamar Park include a fort with a viewing platform, new covered benches, and improved safety surfacing.

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The project cost $102,436, and was made possible by the parks and recreation operations millage.

Lamar Park is located at 2561 Porter St. SW in Wyoming.

Lamar Park also features picnic shelters, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, climbing wall, tennis courts, softball and baseball fields, and a splash pad.

Other recent upgrades to area parks include huge climbing/ bouldering walls at Highland Park, an accessible kayak launch at Riverside Park, and a new hammock grove and butterfly garden at Briggs Park.

Outdoor Games, Gear, and Equipment You Can Rent for FREE From Grand Rapids Gear Library

Grand Rapid Parks and Recreation recently added skateboards to the Thrive Outside Gear Library. Did you know about all the cool stuff you can rent for free? Just about anything you'd need for a camping trip you'll find in the Gear Library at Roosevelt Park Gym, plus team sports equipment, clothing, picnic supplies, even gear for cold weather activities too! The Gear Library is located at the gym at Roosevelt Park at 739 Van Raalte Dr. SW in Grand Rapids. The library is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm.