des Bénévoles Park

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We’ve driven by here so many times (usually to Harris Park), and each time I’ve thought “there’s supposed to be a park here but I just see a school playground.”
So that “school playground” actually IS the playground. You can park in the lot beside the shiny new chalet, walk past the mini soccer fields and Academie Marie-Claire, and in the BACK is the playground. And now you know!
The playground is…..ok. Two climbers from Miracle Recreation on wood chips, a sand digger in…sand, a ride-on ATV and rocket, and big and baby swings. NEW IN 2017: An Expression Parent-child swing!!!
The toddler climber has nice safe stairs, a Honeycomb wall to climb and a couple of slides. There’s also a giant clock.
“Kids, this is what we used before digital!”
“Like in the olden days?”
“Yes.”

The big-kid structure has monkey bars and metal rungs and ladders to climb up to the two slides. The plastic and bolt on the twirly slide was broken so the slide was fenced off with a board.  Fixed!

We swung a bit on the swings, watched some soccer, exclaimed about the fancy porta-potties and water fountain, and then went back to the car. When we came in spring of 2017, both the fountain and porta-potties were not there. Try the chalet for bathrooms and water. 
The playground is decent, but just so stark. Trees Kirkland. TREES!
As StrollerDad said when we left “This playground is really just here for the soccer players’ siblings.”

The rest of the big park has areas for baseball, a dog run, and some walking paths around the fenced off greenspace and pond. Can someone enlighten me as to why people aren’t allowed down there? It’s pretty but DON’T TOUCH! (A thoughtful reader informed me that this is some sort of drainage area)

***The day before had been Kirkland Day, which sounds like it was fun. Will try and make it next year!

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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