South Karen Acres Park is one of the few Urbandale parks we'd been to before the challenge. When we first moved to Des Moines, we stayed just off Douglas Ave for about a month while we waited to close on our house. This was one of our go-to parks for the month! I like this tucked away park, but, this visit, it was swarming with big bugs. The kids couldn't go into the sand, unfortunately. They still had a good time, although I think the park fit them a little better two years ago when they were 2 & 4 years old. Back then, it was one of my favorite parks for them since it's so quiet. I'd still recommend it for families with little kids, but Oliver & Jo definitely preferred the pirate ship at North Karen Acres Park this summer.