des Hirondelles Park

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I had finally gotten around to writing about this park, and then saw that the playground was getting all new equipment! Doh. So here’s our redone, “after” review. 
Truth be told, I had quite a few messages about this park, and they weren’t very happy. So, I brought both monsters children with me to test it out and see what they thought. 

Just around the corner from Verger Labonté, you’ll find this park which includes a playground, lovely tennis courts, baseball field, terrain de pétanque, and washrooms. There’s also a fairly large parking lot, and many people visiting the orchard park in the lot or along the street. 

Previously, there were two play structures here, one for older kids with slides, ladders etc; and one for toddlers with stairs, tic-tac-toe wall and a little slide. Now, there is just the one climber. And while I actually like this design from Jambette with its sky wheels and various metal rungs and ladders to climb; besides the little rocks to crawl on, there just isn’t anything for younger kids to DO. My 4.5 year old was able to get up the spider web wall a bit, but younger kids can…go on the nearby baby swings.
My 9-year old thought it was ok. 
The design of this “psychomotor” course is very physical and different, and I’m not sure kids “get” it.
“It’s like a course, start at one end and go around without touching the ground!”
“Oh.”
We’re really enjoying exploring all the parks in NDIP, and a group of us even voted Parc des Éperviers as one of the coolest in Canada, but for a park that’s the only one in the area, it should appeal to a wider range of children. 
Add in a toddler area and I think people would be much happier! How about something like THIS?

Despite there being quite a few people, this was a pretty relaxing spot. We took a stroller past the tennis courts, and had a run through the baseball field. 
I forgot to update our picture of the chalet opening hours (they’re 9-3 in the fall), but we visited mid-day in July and the (really nice!) bathrooms were open. 

p.s. Bring along some books to trade as there is a book house/boîte à livres right in the park where you can take or leave a book. 

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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