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Rossmore/Stedman Tot Lot

Overall Impression

The Rossmore/Stedman Tot Lot is one of my favorite local playgrounds.  The tot lot is located at the corner of Rossmore and Stedman Street in Jamaica Plain near Doyle’s Pub.  The tot lot has two climbing structures, one very small slide structure for those first time sliders and one larger structure for those looking for some extra adventure.  The tot lot also has an open air car for those pretend rides to grandma’s house, a giant xylophone for those musically inclined tots, and some rocking horse type ride ons as well.   The ground cover is cushioned foam so it is perfect for crawlers and emerging walkers. Due to the nature of JP tot lots,  there are often donated toys for all to enjoy.  During our visit, there was a kitchen, a basketball hoop, some trucks, and some ride on scooters.  Finally, I find this playground to be the friendliest of all JP playgrounds.  Every time we visit, parents are eager to introduce their little ones and make a new friend.  I have left this tot lot with many a scheduled playdate.  If you have a little one at home, this is an excellent first playground!

Nitty Gritty

Climb, Climb, Climb: There are two structures, one very small slide structure and one slightly larger structure that includes slides, wheels, and a rock wall.  More advanced dare devils may find these structures too easy.

“All Done”: There is an open air car, some rocking ride ons, and a giant xylophone if climbing isn’t your child’s thing.

Afraid of Heights: There is no sand box and there are no swings at this tot lot.

The Escape Factor: The entire playground is fenced in!!!

Hit the Ground Running: The ground is covered in cushy foam…perfect for those clumsy toddlers.

Braving the Elements: The large multi family homes do cast shade over this tot lot for a good portion of the day

Snack Time: There are no picnic tables but there are several benches  (pack a blanket).

“Potty Please”: There are no public restrooms at the tot lot.

Parking: There is parking on the side street but it is limited.  If you can walk, I would recommend it.

Water, Water Everywhere: There are no sprinklers at this playground.

Donations: This park does accept donated toys. Most of the toys were in decent shape!

The Others: This playground gets my vote for FRIENDLIEST in the area.  Parents are very attentive and involved with their children.  This is a great place to make new friends in the area!

The tot lot is located at the corner of Rossmore and Stedman Street in Jamaica Plain.
Small slide structure
Larger play structure
Fun dual racing slide
Climbing area
Donated toys
Large xylophone
Car and ride-ons
Jameson enjoying a donated kitchen set.
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