Where they can climb, dig, build a shelter and crawl through tunnels...
...a place to explore, where unstructured play rules! The River Ramble Natural PlayScape at St. Patrick’s County Park provides all of that and more!
The River Ramble is open during park hours. When visiting the River Ramble, please remember:
Grand Opening is sponsored by:
The play features are themed on the St. Joseph River, a natural resource that defines our community. Kids can:
Features are connected by an accessible path inviting children of all abilities to play. Families can gather in the pavilion, share a bench, or hang out in hammocks, too.
Play in the sand and water
Read about the river
Watch water travel
Build a shelter
Pump a river
A growing body of research indicates active “free play” in natural settings boosts intellectual, emotional and social health. In addition, it provides an outlet for physical activity, which is often lacking in children who spend an average of 7 hours a day* in front of a screen. And it helps kids be better problem solvers as it boosts self-confidence. (*according to the CDC).