This was another Nun’s Island playground that caught our eye on Google Satellite because of the brightly coloured rubber flooring. We had a great time playing AND wandering up the connecting walkway to the beautiful water view.
The entire playground is fenced and has latching gates. Hooray!
There is a spread out big-kid structure from GameTime that has a super-duper-high rock climbing wall “Not for little kids!” I said as I plucked the 2 year old off of it for the 20th time. The wall leads up to a platform and two slides. Underneath is another small platform with an activity wall, though 3 of the 5 “Gizmos” are missing.
The rest of the structure is a huge array of monkey bars and trapeze rings, sky wheels, another rock-climbing wall (missing some “rocks”), all sorts of various climbers, a balance board, and a ring of pods to jump from or run across. There’s also a Tilted Sky Runner for those kids big enough to reach it!
Lots to do here for big kids, and little kids will enjoy trying to do things. But while this playground looks new and shiny from afar, once you get up close you (unfortunately) notice all the broken bits. The rubber flooring is ripped and has huge holes, one of the metal support columns has a big/sharp/dangerous gash, and many of the wall features are in need of repair.
BUT, we still had a lot of fun.
In the same large fenced area, but down a step into sand, is the toddler structure, also by GameTime. I like the design here, small but easy. It’s built in two parts with some “through the air” steps (also known as the Challenge Canyon Bridge) connecting the two. My guy is just able/allowed to cross these now.
Both sides have a staircase and slides and there’s the easy to climb Clover Leaf Climber as well as Gizmos on one side. We also liked the shorter than usual monkey bars with the sunken tires.
One thing I just realized now is…no swings!
But the small splash pad should make up for that. It’s just in front of the large climber and near the road but still within the same fenced area. We couldn’t get the water to turn on as we were either too early in the morning, OR the water was already off for the season. But there is a rubber base (rare), and the water comes out from various spots in the ground so you can run through a tunnel of sprays. No video but maybe next year!
Outside of the fenced area is a drinking fountain and benches, and we followed the path down a few feet and found the beautiful walking/biking trail that circles almost the entire island. You can follow the water and go in and out of shade, see boats, impressive highrises, and smell the poplar trees. We walked quite a way until I remembered we had to walk back. There are lots of parks along the path (like this great one with splash pad!), so if you have time and energy it would make a nice excursion to visit a few.
NOTE: The big-kid park and splash pad are wheelchair accessible, but there isn’t much to DO at ground level.
Second NOTE!: Only street parking (watch the signs) and very little shade, if any.
|Toddler park (2-5)||✓|
|Fenced toddler park|
|Big kid park (5-12)||✓|
|Big kid swings|
|Reduced mobility swings|