Canvin Park

A poem (or is it a haiku?):
summer sun
so hot on head and bum
why no shade Kirkland?

We visited this park at 10am on a very sunny day and sweltered. There’s a newly planted 3 foot tree that should provide some shade in roughly 30 years. Until then, slather on the sunscreen because it’s a pretty decent park!
There is a mixture of new and older equipment and I like that it’s all in the same area so if you’ve got kids of different ages (like me!) you can park yourself on the ground or the nearby picnic table and be able to see them all.
There are big and baby swings; lots of different spring riders including an old-school metal motorcycle, a horse, and a rocket/plane that were a big hit; the ever popular big plastic “chubby flyer” plane; and a wide balance board from GameTime.
The big-kid climber by Miracle Recreation has some nice details like the “lanterns”, treasure map and the critters under the slide. There are a number of things to climb and swing from and it has a challenging rock-climbing wall and twirly slide. It’s all in good condition.
The easy to access toddler climber by Landscape Structures has stairs, the Cozy Climber and…sigh…another activity panel requiring repair. Still working, but barely, and really hard for the little one to operate. The activity panels are the Hourglass and Gears and could be fun. There’s also some colourful graffiti on the walls, but unless your toddler is wayyyyy advanced (“Little Timmy is already reading at a college level and he’s only 14 months!”) they shouldn’t be able to make it out 😉
We would have stayed longer, but unless we wanted to sit under the trees on the outskirts of the play area, there was no respite from the sun. 
We’ll visit again, but it will have to be overcast!
p.s. no fencing around the actual playground but there are hills around some of it and fencing by the road. The hills could be good as it slows them down, but then you can also lose them on the other side……..your call. And while there is no shade over the play area, there are some nice mature trees nearby. 
2016 UPDATE: The sand has all been replaced with wood chips. I didn’t update all the pictures, you’ll have to trust me 🙂
2017 UPDATE: There is now the amazing Expression Parent-Baby swing installed! Pictures updated for this one. This swing is one of our favourite products ever. The rest of the park remains unchanged. 

Toddler park (2-5)
Fenced toddler park
Baby swings
Big kid park (5-12)
Big kid swings
Parking lot
Street parking
Water fountain
Picnic tables
Seasonal Bathrooms
Green space
Soccer fields
Baseball field
Tennis courts
Splash pad
Reduced mobility swings
Dep nearby


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