Please tell me you’ve been. A couple of years ago, my dad and I took the boys to the downtown airport to let them watch the planes take off. There was a playground. It was cute and the kids enjoyed it. I’ll be honest, at that time there wasn’t much to write home about. It certainly wasn’t worthy of an article. Well, maybe the food was, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
But recently we went again and I was pleasantly surprised at all the changes.
A Little About The Runway Park
The charm of the place catches you from the moment you arrive. To enter the play area, you walk through the body of an airplane – which is actually the real body of an old Boeing 737. On the left, there is a set of play equipment for the smaller kids. On the right, there is another (pretend) plane to climb/sit on (it’s perfect for pictures). The playset for the older children is closest to the runway.
A track surrounds the area. Make sure to throw bikes and scooters in the trunk of your car. Had I known ahead of time about the track, we might have avoided a meltdown or two (or three). So I repeat, TAKE THEIR WHEELS! (You can shoot me a “thank you” email just whenever you have time).
Everything is fenced in. The whole place. It is super easy to keep up with your tribe. And aside from a small gate door that leads to the café, there’s only one way in and out.
While the bright and colorful bars, slides, and swings are nice, that’s not at all my favorite part. I love all the green grass. Thankfully, on this day, I had my blanket in the van. If stretching out on a blanket isn’t your cup ‘O tea, there is a small shelter with picnic tables – which, btw, would be a nice place to host a birthday party. Nearby the picnic shelter is a small building with restrooms, making getting to those potty breaks quick and easy.
Clearly I give the playground at Runway two thumbs up. I would give it three if I had an extra!
Because I know you’re already making plans to go, while you’re there, stop in Runway Cafe for a bite to eat. The food is reasonably priced and very yummy!
If you love Runway Park, you will also want to know that funds are currently being raised to add a paved parking lot and possibly a splash pad, and mini-golf course.
Plan Your Own Trip to The Runway Park
29 Airport Road Ext.
Greenville, SC 29607
Open Daily from dawn until dusk.
Let me know what your favorite part of The Runway Park is!