This is going to be another long one, because there’s a LOT to do here!
We usually go out to parks fairly early in the morning, but on a hot, hot, HOT Monday evening, we met StrollerDad at this park in the evening.
I’d packed a picnic, but after parking the car (on Oxford above St. Antoine was the only spot I could find), the aroma from the pizza place on the corner had me rethinking the sandwiches I’d made. Doh!
Georges-Saint-Pierre Park has been on my to-do list for the past 2 years, and somehow we kept running out of time. I wanted to find a good place to play at after our hospital visits at the Children’s Hospital, and besides Westmount Park, this one is probably the closest. And it’s really awesome. Like, surprisingly great!
It’s only drawback is that none of the play areas, including the fantastic splash pad, are within eyesight of each other. So you need to pack up and move to the toddler area, then past the chalet to the big kid area. But it’s worth it.
We averted the kids’ eyes from the playground (“Nothing to see there kids!”) and started off with our picnic under the shade of the trees near St. Antoine. The splash pad was fairly busy, so once there was a lull, we pranced over to take pictures (and spray each other.)
The play equipment from Pointe Claire’s Vortex is on a beautifully painted concrete base, and the bright colours are actually how I first noticed this park, when I was doing a Google Satellite view over it on the computer. (Nerd alert!).
p.s. if you want to see an aerial view of the park, I found this drone video! You can watch it HERE.
The splash pad is fully fenced with just one opening near the accessible picnic table and benches. This spot is also the only place with seating near the water area, unless you sit at benches or tables on the outskirts.
My guys loved the spraying serpent, the water cannons, ground jets and the tall twirling Sunspray. And the toddler liked the section with things more his size like the gently spraying critters and the dripping flower. There’s enough space here for quite a big group of kids, and little ones should be safe from getting pushed or sprayed in the face.
Then onward to the toddler park!
I liked that the whole area was fenced AND gated, though just watch that all three of the gates are latched if you’re worried about a runner. This playground has some beautiful shade with quite a few benches and even a trio of little-kid picnic tables under the trees. All the equipment, including the baby swings, spring riders and the elaborate structure from GameTime are on sand. We tried out all three spring riders (ladybug, bumblebee, and snail, which all have just the perfect amount of bounce), and then both kids went off to explore the climber. And there’s a lot to explore!
Stairs, small slides, wall activities and steering wheels for the littlest ones, and then climbing walls, twirly slides, cloverleaf and rock climbers, ladders, and a Cosmix bubble wall for those more adventurous. There were quite a few kids playing so it was hard to get a great photo of the whole thing, but it’s large and actually one of the best toddler play structures we’ve seen.
“Can we go to the big park now?” said the 8-year old. So we packed up (again) and walked past the chalet and…..Wow. That’s an impressive climber. I am mildly scared of heights, but I went up the tricky metal ladder, across the rope bridge (so cool), and through the high bridge to the very, very steep slide. Where I froze.
“Go mom go!”
So to save face, I went down. And it wasn’t that bad. Phew.
This climber has lots of things all over to explore, like the super high monkey rings that you need to leap off a bouncy pod to reach, the “squirrel” log roller, the different ladders, and the climbing wall. Everything is on wood chips including the eight big-kid swings.
If you’re thirsty or need a bathroom, there are water fountains near the new synthetic soccer field, and the chalet was open when we were there during the evening. There are no hours posted though so I can’t tell you exactly when it’s open.
|Toddler park (2-5)||✓|
|Fenced toddler park||✓|
|Big kid park (5-12)||✓|
|Big kid swings||✓|
|Reduced mobility swings|