des Joyeux-Vikings Park

We happened upon this park while trying to find another park, saw the brightly coloured funky fencing, and stopped in for a quick play.
Named after a mural that used to be on a wall adjoining the park, you can read the park’s history HERE. The site was originally the stables for the horses that pulled the milk trucks and was revitalized in the 1970’s through a citizens association. The park underwent a makeover in 2004 and there is now a section for older kids, a fenced and gated toddler area, as well as the super old-school water fountains. Actually so old-school that we couldn’t figure out where the “on” button was!

So, while it looks like some cool retro art, it’s actually a functioning splash pad; if you can figure out how to get it started. 
There are no hours of operation listed on the borough’s website, but generally splash pads are on from 9am onwards. You can find a list of all of the borough’s pools, wading pools, and splash pads HERE

Just outside of the water are are some tidy picnic tables, and a few feet away is the shaded big-kid area. There’s a modern metal and rope play structure by Kompan, which always gets kids’ imaginations churning. Swing from the ropes, scurry down the not-a-slide, sit in the little hammock…

I like that there’s a fully fenced and gated toddler area (on sand). Though it’s not a huge space, it’s safe, with a play structure with stairs, different sized slides, various ladders and rungs. In the surrounding sand are a couple of metal spring riders. 

There are a ton of trees planted throughout the park and you can look on the interpretive sign to find the different species. And this is the first time we’ve come across a needle exchange bin, which was a bit tricky to explain…
Also, if anyone knows what the statue-looking base is for, I’d love to know!

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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