Ménard Park

UPDATE summer 2018: This park is scheduled to be completely redone. We’ll revisit once the renovations are done.

This week we traveled West, South, and North. So it was time to head EAST!
I had printed out the list of Lasalle parks and just had no idea where to begin. Our only foray into Lasalle had been last year to the amazing L’Aquaciel splash pad, so we had high hopes for the rest of Lasalle’s parks. “We’ll start close and mosey our way along boys. Let’s go!”
GPS chattering to me, we went from PC to our first destination in 14 minutes. I love Sunday afternoon traffic!***

Then got frustrated. This park was easy to find and just down from the Mercier Bridge. We went a couple of streets and just couldn’t find a place to park the car. The street right in front front of the park (Clément) is crazy busy, and there didn’t seem to be a parking lot anywhere. “Just eat your cheerios boys, mommy’s thinking!”
Ok, so I don’t condone this, but we waited until the police patrol car finished checking stickers and parked in one of the adjoining apartments building’s lots. (Hangs head in shame).
The car WAS right next to the park and I could see it the whole time, so if I was in someone’s unmarked spot I could have moved it right away.

The park and playground itself is large. Spread out, fun, and slightly scruffy/dirty.
Everything is on sand and needs to be seriously weeded or roto-tilled, and people need to pick up their trash. Gross.
There is a big-kid swing and GIANT spider web rope climber. Like really high. Like ” PLEASE DON’T Go. So. High!”

The toddler area has three cute ride-ons from Jambette (rowboat, kangaroo, and a tyrannosaurus), baby swings and a good toddler climber. The climber is fairly new and is also by Quebec-made Jambette. Nice safe stairs, ladders, dinosaur tic-tac-toe wall, and a metal slide! My oldest said “Careful mommy, it’s going to be fast.” It was not 😉 It was almost a bit too slow.
There’s a bit of room for little people to walk around and a little play space underneath, which was unfortunately littered with empty food containers.

Thennnnnnn, there’s another section with a large, good-for-older-kids climber. It’s got flaking paint and rusty spots, and is rather tired. No stairs, and not too easy to get up with multiple levels but no connecting ways to reach them. The bridge is ok, and the metal slides are good. I was fairly annoyed because there was a large group of older teens just hanging around blocking part of it, and when I asked them to move (in my most polite mom voice), they said no. 
I would have been less polite had my kids not been standing beside me. 
So we played around them and took our pictures and just carried on like normal. Nobody is stopping our playing!
Then the boys stood and tap danced on this weird blue thing that looked like it should be a fountain as it was in a basin-type area. 
(Turns out is IS a fountain, because at the next park we visited it was working!) So this is one of the Lasalle parks with advertised “water games”. Not really a splash pad, but on a hot summer day it would be fantastic. 
The rest of the park is made up of tennis, basketball and soccer fields, and we saw a pool in the distance. 

There is some good shade here with a nice mélange of mature trees. Downside is there is NO FENCING and it is very close to parking lots and a busy, busy road. If you’ve got multiple kids, or “runners” I’d avoid this park. 

***Oh ya. So getting home…not so fun. Mercier off ramp West was closed, had to go up to St. Jacques (“Why are we going downtown mommy?”), then find a place to turn. ARGH!

From the Borough of Lasalle webpage:
Play fountains:
NEW: Discover the splash pads at L’Aquaciel‘s playground located near Centre sportif Dollard-St-Laurent. There are 14 parks with play fountains where children can cool off and play in the water: Lawrence, Père-Marquette, Ouellette, Leroux, Hayward, Riverside, Jeannotte, Ménard, Dalmany, J.O.R.-Leduc, Lefebvre, Boivin, J.D.-Ducharme and Cavelier-de-LaSalle.
Schedule of Play fountains : 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
L’Aquaciel : 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission is free.

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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