Columbia Parks & Playgrounds :: Felton C. Benton Park

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Springdale is a section of West Columbia located between downtown Columbia and the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. The area is home to many families and one of our favorite playgrounds, Felton C. Benton Park. This playground is convenient to Cayce, West Columbia, and downtown Columbia. The proximity to family neighborhoods and well-maintained equipment makes this park popular among area children.

Location

Address: 2915 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia, SC 29170

Felton C. Benton Park is located next to the Springdale Police Department on Platt Springs Road. It’s about a 10-minute drive from downtown Columbia.

Cost: Free and open to the public

Features

  • Picnic Pavilions
  • Separate jungle gyms for toddlers and older kids
  • Splash pad
  • Swings for toddlers and older children
  • A 4-child teeter totter
  • A merry-go-round
  • Tandem Swing
  • A free little library
  • Restrooms
  • Fenced
  • Plenty of seating for parents

What We Love About It

This park is very popular with children in the area. There have been other kids for my child to play with almost every time we have gone. The surrounding area is very safe and quiet. The equipment is well-maintained, and my daughter enjoys playing in the toddler area and the older kid area.

The park is also home to one of the best free splash pads in the area. With several spray areas, there are several different options for kids the enjoy. Perfect for cooling off during those “famously hot” summer days. 

During certain times of the year, the park is decorated for cute photo opportunities. Over the holiday season, there was a giant snowman inflatable my daughter and other kids loved! 

Things to Be Aware Of

  • The picnic pavilions and splash pad make this a popular spot for parties. Sometimes the parties limit the seating and crowd the splash pad. 
  • Because it is an outdoor park, the restrooms can be dirty at times.
  • The area around the merry-go-round can be muddy sometimes.

Overall, this is a great little playground. If you’re near the Springdale area, I highly recommend stopping by for play time. I hope your family likes it as much as mine!

Have you been to Felton C. Benton Park? What do you love most about it?

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Allison Linden is an Alabama native who moved to the Midlands in 2011 with her now husband, Darin. After marrying in 2015, Allison and Darin moved to Red Bank with their two dogs. In 2019, they welcomed a baby girl, Vivian. Allison has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and obtained her MBA in May 2019, while almost 8 months pregnant with Vivian. She has worked for a retail energy company since 2013 and began working from home during the pandemic. Her husband became a house spouse after the birth of Vivian to allow Allison to pursue her career goals. Balancing working at home and being a pandemic mom has been somewhat of a challenge for Allison, but she has thoroughly enjoyed watching her daughter grow up. Allison enjoys taking her daughter to Edventure, Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens (the garden is way cooler than people give it credit for), local parks, gymnastics, and dance class. When she is not working or momming, Allison enjoys exercising, binging true crime shows on Discovery+, and occasionally having dinner and drinks with friends. Likes: Vacations, concerts, stand-up comedy, nice restaurants, bacon, juicy gossip. Hates: Yard work, driving, pants without an elastic waistband (hard pants), running.

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