Loyola Park

EDITED May 2018: This park and playground are currently being completely redone. Stay tuned…

We all love, loved this park. 
Thankfully, after having played in the toddler area for a bit, we had to go and find the bathrooms (which were open at 9am!) and after walking through the little garden, we saw a NEW splash pad by Pointe-Claire based Vortex in the distance (on Avenue Doherty). Hooray!
We’d left our bathing suits in the car, but the boys took off their shoes and socks and soaked their little toes. 
The 2.5 year old, who has been wary of splash pads all summer actually liked this one. The spray is gentle, there are no dumping buckets, and it’s nicely spread out so he wasn’t always surrounded by water. The magic button is on a post (you can hear him beep-beeping it in the video!). There are water cannons, tall sprayers, a ship’s bow, ground jets and a fish and snail to aim and shoot. 
It is almost fully fenced but has an opening on one side near the picnic tables/drinking fountain and bike racks. If it had a gate it would be perfect. There’s a little bit of shade around the edges over the benches and under the roof covering the table tennis/ping-pong table. (We visited too soon! The splash pad now has a beautifully painted base. Colourful and fun!)

After playing here for a bit, I pulled away the wet boys with a stern warning to NOT roll in the sand upon returning to the playground. Two guesses whether they listened. “But I fell! I’m not rolling.” ARGH. Next time, splash pad AFTER playing! Whatever, it’s summer. 

The playground is also awesome. Two sections with the toddler area fenced but with openings, and the big-kid area totally open (with the swings very close to the road).
There is LOTS to do in both and tons of space with a bit of shade around the edges of the 
The park by Tessier Récréo-Parc features climbers by GameTime and is new from 2012. The toddler climber has stairs, leaf stepping stones, a tunnel, rock climbing wall, balance beam, a “wooden” stump, slides, mushrooms(!), a wall panel featuring North American animals that’s supposed to make sounds (but doesn’t 🙁 ), and just all sorts of things all over the place. Really creative and good for all as you could play in a little area, make it into an obstacle course, or just do the small steps and mini slide. Yup, fun. 
The rest of this biiiig toddler section has some spinning seats, a spinning turtle, baby AND big swings, a double ride-on dinosaur, and this tiny climber thing  I’m going to call Saturn because it looks like a planet with rings 🙂
There are lots of benches around the perimeter and there was some shade around the edge while we were there from 8:30-9:45am.

Across the walkway is the big-kid area. There’s a spider web climber AND a horizontal rope climber hovering off the ground. My 7-year old tried out the wobbly stand-up board and the XccentPlay X-Wave. “You sit there and we’ll see how high I can make you fly!”
There are a whole bunch of big swings (but close to the road), and a couple of stand-up spinners. 
THEN, there is the elaborate climber from Little Tikes. I don’t even know how to describe it. There is just about every kind of ladder imaginable, plastic stepping stones and big rings, a chain bridge, slides, the Perch Alley, rock climbing wall, infinity climber, the Hoop-La Freestanding structure with right to climb over and through, and more. Great for older kids, not so much to do for younger ones. 
We all want to come back to spend some more time in the splash pad and to hang out more on the fun climbers 🙂

Things to note:
-The splash pad is on from mid-June to the end of September, from 8am-9pm. You can read about the hours HERE.
-The chalet is open daily mid-June to the end of September from 9am-9pm.
-We were able to find street parking right in front on Somerled, but watch for the signs!
-You can find outdoor fitness equipment near the corner of Fielding and Coronation. I didn’t take any pictures. 

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Toddler park (2-5)
Fenced toddler park
Baby swings
Big kid park (5-12)
Big kid swings
Parking lot
Street parking
Water fountain
Picnic tables
Seasonal Bathrooms
Green space
Soccer fields
Baseball field
Tennis courts
Splash pad
Reduced mobility swings
Dep nearby

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