Playground Guide: Varney Park in North Chelmsford

This recently updated playground is clean and has lots to do for kids of all ages!

By Holly O'Blenis, contributing writer July 9, 2024

Varney Park
45 Adams St.
North Chelmsford, MA.

Date/time visited: Saturday July 6th 3:00pm

Bathrooms: Yes - bathrooms near the beach area & port-a-potty near park entrance

Parking: Yes – parking lot & street

Shade: Yes

Benches/tables: Yes

Additional features: pond, swimming, beach, baseball field, basketball court, picnic areas

Last month, my kids and I made a bucket list of nearby playgrounds we have never been to that we want to visit this summer, and Varney Playground was at the top of the list. We finally went and it was definitely worth the trip! My kids had a blast, and this is sure to be a go-to spot for the rest of the summer.

Varney Park is located in a nice, quiet neighborhood. The park is open to everyone, but there are some reserved parking spots for Chelmsford residents. There is also plenty of additional parking along the street. The park was updated somewhat recently, so many of the photos I’ve seen of the park online are outdated. What used to be a wooden castle play structure has been transformed into a much more modern, fun, and updated play space for kids of all ages.

We got to the park around 3:00pm on a Saturday, and while the park was busy, it didn’t feel too crowded. The play equipment is separated enough that there is plenty of room between park guests. I loved that there was something for everyone: swings for both babies and big kids, several slides, a play structure for young children, a larger play structure for more coordinated older kids, spider swings, climbing webs, interactive music structures, and so much more. My kids didn’t slow down or get bored once!

There are plenty of grassy areas to picnic, but we opted to sit and snack at a picnic table in the fenced in playground area. There are also plenty of benches throughout the park, some in the shade, which is a relief on a ninety degree day for sure!

An even better relief from the heat was the beach and pond just steps away from the playground. There were more people at the beach and in the water than on the playground, but it still didn’t have an overcrowded feel. There are bathrooms and a sunscreen dispenser located at a small building near the beach. There are also picnic tables in the beach area. A lifeguard was not on duty and a sign was clearly posted indicating this. There was, however, a roped off area in the water showing where you are able to safely swim.

In addition to the park and beach, there are also athletic areas including a baseball field and basketball court. I will say that I was super impressed with this entire park. The equipment is well kept and the whole park was really clean. It was a great atmosphere, and my kids and I loved this fun summer day! I highly suggest making Varney Park a go-to on your summer bucket list this year, too!

Holly O'Blenis is a single mom of three who loves finding new, exciting things to do to create a fun, happy childhood for them!  She is an avid reader and crafter who loves the outdoors.

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