du Père-Marquette Park

I was too eager. 
“There’s a huge new splash pad. Let’s go, go GO!”

But it had just been finished and the water wasn’t yet on. And then at the next park we went to right after, we met the painters who were going to be doing the decorative paint at Père-Marquette. So I’m kicking myself for going so early, BUT it was SO BEAUTIFUL. I mean, really, like an oasis.

It’s big, it’s gorgeous, and it has some great new products from Waterplay Solutions. The Grasslands collection include the beautiful Aneth Blooms which cast shadows on the ground, the gently tipping Dew Drop and the delicate Flutter butterfly, tall grass blades and the giant Ladybug Soaker with its 30 gallons of dumping water. 
Toddlers will love having their own quiet section with smooth rocks, quiet ground sprays, and adorable critters for spraying their siblings. 
The splash pad is surrounded by benches and lounge chairs, and has shaded picnic tables almost right in the action. So you can sit comfortably while the littles prance around in the water. 

The new chalet with bathrooms was still not completed when I wrote this (on June 29th), but is right beside the water area, and close to the toddler playground.

The nearby playgrounds are…ok. Actually, kind of a letdown after the amazing splash pad. I suspect they’ll both be redone at some point. 
The toddler play area is fully fenced and gated with a small play structure and baby swings. And oddly, a raised garden with one lonely tomato plant. 
Nearby is a larger climber and eight adult swings. There are also lots of tables and benches scattered around.

This is a GIANT park, and we didn’t explore it all. In this section by Rue des Carrières is the splash pad, two tiny playgrounds, giant greenspace, and a dog park. And if you travel across Boulevard Rosemont there’s the brand new skate park, football, soccer, and baseball fields, basketball; and travel even further and there’s another (better looking) playground and a community garden.

Things to note:
-The water is on from 9am-9pm.
-The splash pad is not fenced, but is ringed by low concrete benches along some of the sides. 
-There is some shade from nearby trees, and also from the cheery red shade umbrellas. 
-The nearby toddler playground is fully fenced and gated.
-The chalet was still under construction as of late June, but porta-potties were being brought in. 
-Parking is fairly awful, though I found one spot nearby on Rue Garnier. Read the signs carefully. 

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