De Lorimier Park

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We parked the car on the street, walked up, and both said a quiet “Ooooooooooh”.
Ya, it was cool. 
The park itself is very pretty, with giant mature trees and wood benches scattered around. And then the playground, which was redone in 2011, is great.

And luckily for us, and to the toddler’s DELIGHT, it seems that some nearby daycares leave their toys in the playground when they leave. There were probably about 30 different things like ride-on cars, trucks, tricycles, musical instruments, and sand toys scattered about. They were in the little sand area, by the big and kid-sized picnic tables, in the wood chips of the main area, and up on top of the rubber covered “mountain”. Imagine careening down that on a tricycle? I could see my 3-year old trying to figure out if it was a good idea or not. He thankfully has some self-preservation and decided NOT. 

The playground is fully fenced and gated, but it’s large and there are a couple of gates, so don’t be too trusting of them always staying closed. We were there really, really early before a downtown appointment (like the birds were still waking up), so it was completely quiet and suuuuuuper relaxing. Except for some dog walkers walking along the paths, we were the only ones there the entire time. I’m sure that’s not always the case though!

This is a post where you really need to look at the picture gallery, because me blathering on about all the individual play products would be tedious. But here’s the big stuff!
Baby swings. Yes!
Adult swings. Of course!
2-storey big-kid climber. Right on! 
Toddler climber with stairs. Yup!
A modern metal/rope/climbing structure. Yeah!
A mobius strip. For sure! 
Wait a second. A mobius what? THIS. Also known as the Infinity Loop from Little Tikes. 
There are things to sit and spin on, a hippo to crawl through, and boulders to jump across. 

The 2-storey Mega Tower structure actually made me giggle. In fear. As the toddler insisted I climb to the top when he couldn’t.
“You can DO IT Mommeeeee!”
So up I went, banging my knees on each rung of the central ladder and got to the top. I did it. Yeah me! The slide back down was also a little hair raising, so obviously older kids will love it!

The toddler climber is big, with multiple ways up including safe stairs, slanted climbing walls and ladders. Even the littlest ones should be able to handle most of it. And they’ve even got their own twirly slide 🙂

There was TONS of shade when we were there, and the play area is completely surrounded by mature trees, so there should be shade throughout the day. There’s also a shade structure in the middle of the playground over the picnic tables, but the actual fabric shade part was missing. 

After playing a while, we were feeling peckish, so we wandered east along Laurier one block to Dans La Gueule Du Loup, a small boucherie/sandwicherie/café, where we split a croissant and I got a very welcome cappuccino.

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

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