Martineau Park

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We visited this park last year and it was in a sad state. Broken equipment, panels installed backwards, and lots of graffiti. LaSalle is really good about updating their parks, so I wasn’t surprised when I read about its upcoming renovation.

We revisited the first week of September in 2017, and everything was JUST about ready. They were putting the finishing touches on the big-kid section, so it should be open now. 
And, eeeeeee! I love themed playgrounds!
We were super excited to see the castle/dragon theme and my little guy twittered with delight as he wandered over and around the large toddler structure. Tessier Récréo-Parc always puts together interesting designs, and here there are gallant knights, brave princesses, medieval flags, and evil dragons to fight!
I like this play structure a lot because there are easy ways up like the wide stairs, or climb up the interesting Sensory Wave with its bells and ball activity. It’s not a slide, it’s not really stairs…it’s whatever you want it to be! 
For older kids they can try the more challenging ladders or climbing wall. My guy did ALL of them. Repeatedly. 
And then “MomEEE! Come under! There are diamonds!”
Crouch down and you can be a miner or a king counting his treasures on the little window ledge. We clamoured up to the top again and used the telescope to search for any fire-breathing dragons. His only complaint about the whole park is the telescope is quite high and even at almost 5-years old and quite tall, he had a hard time looking through. 
And then, down to the ground to run around the baby swings, back up the chain ladders, and a bounce in one of the two dragon spring riders (SO original!). 

There’s some great recycling going on throughout the park. Saved from the old play structure are the three big panels, which are now placed at ground level and make for some great picture taking opportunities 🙂
You can see them in their previous life here:
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And over in the big-kid section is the Jambette play structure that has been moved from the nearby completely renovated Marroni Park (visit it too, it’s great!)
We weren’t able to play on this side, but there is some great equipment including the Jambette climber with it’s easy stairs and great slides, a new structure with a tall turret, a saucer swing, and a TriNet with ropes, and vertical chains that climbing kids will love. 

Things to note:
-Both play sections are on wood chips, with a sand pit between the two areas. 
-There is probably limited shade during the day, though there are some giant trees around the play areas.
-There is one picnic table and benches scattered around. 
-The entire park is fully fenced AND gated. Just know that not all the gates actually latch. 
-Street parking is pretty easy.  

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

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