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Pixie Woods: Stockton’s magical place for young kids

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Pixie Woods: Stockton’s magical place for young kids


POSTED June 2, 2012 2:27 a.m.

STOCKTON – Forget pretending that the sand in the playground is lava or the actual equipment is a pirate ship.

Pixie Woods has it all.

While you aren’t going to find molten rock lying around, the children’s park operated by the City of Stockton makes all of those childhood fantasies a reality – from a medieval castle to the frontier-style play area that has been a heavily used attraction with kids of all ages for years.

And it’s extremely popular with families from throughout the area that enjoy the clean, friendly atmosphere – people like Salida resident Renee Santangelo who visited the park with her friend and their children and picked up season passes to make the unique confines a regular hangout.

 Santangelo was content with finding a shady spot to escape the brutal heat that has engulfed the Central Valley.

But that didn’t seem to matter to her kids in their outing as they buzzed around the various playgrounds and begged for escorts to the handful of rides scattered throughout the park.

“Personally I love all of the artwork that’s throughout the park – the little pixies and the fairies and the animals,” she said. “We come here all the time during the season. It’s one of our favorite places and we’ll be here a lot.”

First timers like Edy Ann Herrera can’t help but fall in love with the perfectly manicured walkways and the child-heavy influences scattered all about.

The Lathrop resident was on hand with friend and former Stockton resident Ann Rice who was making a return trip after moving away and returning to the area after several years.

Whether it was the medieval castle or the pirate ship or the lagoon that wraps throughout the park, the more that was revealed in her first trip the more than Herrera enjoyed the outing – especially with the kids they brought running around and having fun early in their summer vacation.

“It’s nice – it’s pleasant, quiet and adventurous,” Herrera said. “We tried to find something to get the kids together and keep them busy and this is definitely working.”

Brianna Garcia, one of the youngsters they brought out for the afternoon, described the area as a “fairytale land” while moving through a medieval castle area with her two friends.

And it’s not just themed play areas that serve as draws to the park.

The Pixie Express Train takes park goers all the way around the facility while the Pixie Wheel Paddle Wheel Boat moves through the lagoon and gives a different perspective of the area.

A vintage carousel is also a popular attraction and gave Sarah Han a chance to watch young son Chance Garner smile as he held on to the horse in what was likely his first ever ride.

Diego Montes says that he loves bringing his kids out to the park when it finally opens on the weekends – noting that the city keeps it in great shape and the volunteers that help maintain the park keep the childhood dream alive.

“It might not be Disneyland, but it’s enough to have right here down the street,” Montes said. “It’s affordable for a lot of families and the kids love it – the way that they respond they might as well be in Disneyland. I’m just glad they’ve kept it open throughout the budget cuts and everything else. It’s kind of a local landmark.”



209 staff reporter


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