I find that Lasalle has some really great play structures for toddlers. They’re all different from park to park, and have been designed with even the smallest kids in mind.
My little guy just loved the equipment in the toddler section of Ouellette Park.
There’s a small but full-of-features climber by Quebec-based Jambette that has stairs up to the slides and a steering wheel; there are also musical chimes, two small rock-climbing walls, a spiderweb rope wall, a rope ladder, another steering wheel; and at ground level is a matching game, a window ledge, and the cutest Space Shuttle Cockpit! We’ve only seen this space ship control room at one other park in Vaudreuil-Dorion and he’d loved it there also. I like that he could stand in the sand and pull and push the levers, rather than me hovering around while he was up on a platform. Connecting the two small sections of the climber are some mini swinging stepping stones. Just the right size for little people, and challenging for the older toddlers.
In the same sand area is a giant duck-themed seesaw, the kind that you can sit in or surf on. And there’s also the small scale rope climber called Le Maringuoin by Jambette. Just behind are six baby swings. While we were there a couple of daycares came to play but it wasn’t too crowded and there’s lots of greenspace around. Just across the path is the large spiderweb climber, big swings, and the big-kid climber that neither of us liked.
The big climber is older, has some wear and tear and graffiti, and some outdated designs; namely the dangerously steep metal bridge, and the practically vertical metal staircase.
We passed on crossing over the bridge, made a face at the tic-tac-toe wall covered in paint, and just went down the twirly slide instead. The rest of the climber is accessible by metal ladders and rungs.
While there is no fencing around the playground, it’s bordered on one side by the backyard fencing of the neighbouring houses, and bordered on the other side by the baseball field fencing.
Down near where we parked on Rue Giguère is a small water play fountain (see the hours below) that the kids can play in. Not a full on splash pad, but a basin with one giant fountain.
The rest of the large park consists of a pool with a wading pool/splash pad, tennis and basketball courts and a large baseball field. To see some really impressive photos of the newly redone wading pool (with a beach entry) and splash pad, you can visit the architect’s site HERE. Beautiful! To see the hours of operation, visit Lasalle’s Pools Schedule HERE.
While we were wandering around we also found TWO drinking fountains; one near Rue Giguère, and the other just beside the pool chalet.
From the Borough of Lasalle webpage:
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||✓|
|Big kid park (5-12)||✓|
|Big kid swings||✓|
|Reduced mobility swings|