There aren’t many parks that we revisit over and over, but this immense park is an exception. It was fun before – and had one of our favourite splash pads – and with the addition this summer of a talllllllll play structure for older kids, and an adorable toddler climber, it’s now SUPER FUN.
We visited in mid September and stayed here for over an hour, playing on just about everything, trying out the tandem swing, running through the soccer fields, and rolling down the hill.
The kids were all “aw, man” when it was time to go.
This is a large park and you’ll find the playground and splash pad on the corner of Avenue Lussier and Boulevard Cardinal Léger.
A bit of a hodgepodge in terms of layout, in the “big-kid” area you’ll find an older play structure (that probably won’t see much action anymore), a cable climber, adult swings, the GameTime metal caterpillar that my kids like hurtling themselves off of while I watch in mild alarm, a separate sandbox (though everything is on sand), and new in 2018 is the MASSIVE and IMPRESSIVE Miracle Recreation climber. My kids tried to play it cool, and were like “ya, it looks ok”, and then went up and down and up and down the ladders and tube slides like, 37,000 times. The only way up are rungs or ladders, but little kids can play in the ground-level window, or just stare up at their older siblings and dream of a day when they too are giants. There’s also the interactive Play Biba! mobile app that can be used with the equipment. Want to read more about Biba? You can find info about the app HERE. There’s also an information panel right beside the climber.
Toddle past the huge shade structure (lots of picnic tables underneath for events), and the colourful toddler area is full of new products that absolutely delighted my 5-year old. And even the 43-year old. You’ll find adult and baby swings, an adaptive swing, as well as the Generation tandem swing. My two swung together (with only a bit of screaming at each other), then tried it out on their own hanging lengthwise and upside down, then their dad lounged on it while they ran around. Multigenerational for sure! 😉
The small Motion climber from Landscape Structures is packed with all sorts of activities for little ones. It’s easy to climb up using the crawl tunnel, the wide steps, or the mini ladder. There are things to touch and turn, tubes to send sand and wood chips through, bongos to drum, and even…a car race track around the roof! I didn’t even notice everything, but the 5-year old went around and around trying everything out and exclaiming as he found a new activity. This climber is for sure one of my new favourite products for young kids.
Just a few steps from the toddler play area and separated by some shrubbery is the splash pad by Aquajeux . Some of the features include hard sprays and tipping buckets, water cannons and misty palms; toddlers have their own section (press the grey sensor on the ground) with a water bell and misty sprays.
Note that there are TWO sensors to turn on the water. This only took me 1/2 hour to figure out the first time we visited. The button to turn on the bigger section is on the red pole. Just touch the top.
The rest of the big park has a pool (way down in the opposite corner), paved walking/biking/strollering trails (there’s even a sign to tell you the distances travelled), beach volleyball, a skatepark, soccer/football, the Kiosque Desjardins shade structure right beside the new climber, drinking fountains, sledding hills, winter hockey rink and skating oval, as well as picnic tables and benches throughout the park and near the playgrounds.
Things to note:
-The splash pad hours are daily during the summer from 9am-9pm.
-The all new toddler area is on wood chips, while the big-kid products are on sand.
-The playground is partly fenced (along the road), but open to the parking lots and the rest of the park. The splash pad is fenced on three sides.
-The Omni Centre also has real bathrooms though we couldn’t find posted opening hours. It was nice to be able to change and wash our hands without standing in a porta-pottie.
-There are numerous events here throughout the year including the amazing winter carnival and Les Mercredis BBQ during the summer.
-There’s a large parking lot in front of the Omni Centre, and a smaller one near the playground on Lussier. Just read the signs as the spots are sometimes reserved for the school across the street.