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The playground and splash pad are right on the corner of Avenue Lussier and Boulevard Cardinal Léger Walk a bit more and you get to the toddler section, which has an older, faded climber. It’s got stairs, a slide, some monkey bars and that’s about it. There are four baby swings and it is all in FULL sun. New for 2016 is a Parent-child Generation swing from Little Tikes. Yeah! Love these things. THEN, there is the splash pad by Quebec-based Aquajeux. It is just a few steps from the toddler play area and separated by some shrubbery. The little guy wanted nothing to do with the water so happily played in the sand while his brother whooped and ran around in the water.
We really, really liked this splash pad. It is a bit larger than Harris, Walters etc and has hard sprays and dumping buckets and “cannons” for older kids, and then a little section of misty water and a mushroom of water for the more timid kids.
There are TWO magic buttons to turn on the water. This only took me 1/2 hour to figure out. I was all “WHY are those ones broken? How come no one ever checks these things???” Then figured out the second button was ON THE GROUND (close to the “palm branches“. The button to turn on the bigger section is on a pole. Just touch the top. Super, super fun. We were alone for at least an hour and then it seemed that every home daycare in the area arrived, but there was still tons of room. We stayed for over two hours and only left because it was too hot in the sand. As much as the kids were disappointed we weren’t going to the shiny new climbers at the school, they had a fantastic time playing here. The rest of the big park has a pool (way down in an opposite corner, some paved walking/biking/strollering trails, beach volleyball, soccer/football and an impressive community centre with REAL bathrooms. It was nice to be able to change and wash our hands without standing in a porta-pottie. We also found a water fountain inside. The posted sign says that the water park is open from 9am to dusk, I couldn’t find any hours for the Omni Centre.