We first visited this park in 2014, and revisited the AMAZING new splash pad and wading pool in July 2016. Here’s the updated post.
Note: LaSalle Park is not in LaSalle. It’s in Lachine.
My mom said “Go and visit Lasalle Park, it’s right near where I grew up!” See evidence below!:
I always listen to my mom, so we drove over and parked on 10e avenue, then trotted across to the (HUGE) park.
Like HUGE. I think everything is here that you would want in a park.
Designated graffiti wall
A stream and pond
and the brand new, resort-like splash pad and wading pool. (more later)
Of course, there’s also a toddler and big-kid park. The toddler section is fully fenced but not gated and is on a wood chip base. There’s a big climber from GameTime that is mostly toddler accessible with stairs and the Rumble and Roll Zip Slide on one end; and then connected by the Incline Cosmix Climber bubble wall are some more slides as well as ladders and walls to climb.
At ground level is the amazing semi-circle of musical instruments including bongos, udus, ashikos, and djembes. (I had to look all those up!). “Mommy! We can do a whole band!”
There are also spinny saddle seats, a sand digger, a ride-on dinosaur, a rotating web climber from Berliner, two baby swings and an “S” shaped climbing wall.
Even if your toddler is too young to be able to handle the climber, there are enough ground-level activities to keep them happy. And bonus, no sand!
Just a short ways away, is the big playground (which IS on sand), with a GIANT climber from Miracle Recreation. No stairs, so the little one couldn’t get up, but for older kids it is climbing/swinging/sliding heaven. A couple of the ropes for crossing are broken but still usable to an extent. The Scale-n-Slides are steeeeep, and the triple slide is loads of fun. Kids can climb the metal rungs and ladders, crawl through the hula bridge, swing from the sky wheels, twirl on the Hang-A-Round, or cross the moveable waffle wall. There is also a very high (but with a good staircase) Typhoon twirly slide, an infinity climber and big-kid swings.
There’s no shade here but just behind is a pine forest where you can run around, or on a sunny day, get some shelter.
We wandered around and looked at the pond and tried to fish out garbage (“why is everyone a litterbug?!”); played in the wooden gazebo-ish thing, and looked longingly at the pool.
Walk west and near the middle-ish part of the park is the NEW-in-2016 splash pad and wading pool. The wading pool is fully fenced and the hours of operation are everyday from 10am-6:45pm. And it’s for everyone. I was assured that “Les piscines et jeux d’eau sont pour le monde, résidents ou non.” So, if you’re not a Montreal resident, no worries! Also, it’s free 🙂
The wading pool is sparkly and clean and has a gradual beach entry on one side, and two small steps on the deeper side. The water at its highest was up to just above my knees and came to about waist height on my 3.5 year old. There are Sneaky Soaker dumping buckets in the middle and a gently spraying umbrella sprayer. If your kids don’t like getting water in their face, there are spots where the sprays don’t reach and there were quite a few babies enjoying the shallow water with their parents. Surrounding the water are lounge chairs, giant shade umbrellas, and a whole section that is fully fenced AND gated with five picnic tables, which would be perfect for daycares or birthday parties. And while it was quite busy when we visited between 10:30 & 1pm, there were always seats available and even some empty picnic tables.
Up the path are two different splash pad zones. The small, misty whale sprayer is right next to the chalet and bathrooms, and within the fenced area, while the main splash pad is outside of the fence and open to the surrounding park.
With nature-themed products from Waterplay Solutions, the splash pad has plenty of room to run around, and great features including the Spiral Spray, the super tall Rain Forest tree, water cannons, ground jets, a Funbrella, and spinning flowers. My little one does NOT like water sprayed in his face but LOVED being able to go under the Spin Soaker and control it himself while watching the Bloomin’ Spinners just beside. There are quiet parts for little kids including the ground Lily Pads with their flower images, and the 360º U.S.O.(unidentified spraying object) which sends out gentle water around its edge.
Around the perimeter of the water area are permanent Adirondack chairs and under the trees (with great shade) are a pile of picnic tables. We left our towels and shoes at one of the tables and I just brought my bag with wallet and camera with me to the wading pool and stuck it on a boulder along the edge. There are no cameras or cell phones allowed on the deck of the wading pool, so the photos are a mashup from before the facility opened and of our latest visit in July.
The whole space is just really, really beautiful and well done, and definitely makes this a destination park.
Because the wading pool is guarded and fenced, it has different hours from the open splash pad. They are as follows:
The wading pool is open June 23rd-August 24th 2018
The splash pad is on from May to the beginning of September
You can read more info HERE.
NOTE: In June, July and August there is Les Mardis cyclistes de Lachine on Tuesday evenings for 10 weeks. This bike race goes around the perimeter of the park and makes accessing the playground or finding a place to park quite difficult. But, it’s a whole lot of fun to watch! You can find out more about it and the route HERE.