I spent the winter waiting to visit this park. “Melt snow, MELT!”
Completed in late fall of 2016, I saw a couple of pictures on Atmosphäre’s FB page back in October, but we didn’t have a chance to visit before the snow fell. So I knew I wanted this park to be our FIRST major park visit in 2017.
On a beautiful spring morning at about 7:30am (really), all four of us drove to Côte Saint-Luc (which is always closer than I think it will be) and this park was like an oasis in the distance. Am I being dramatic? Yes. Because it was AWESOME.
Original & creative, funky & cool, and with age appropriate equipment for my 4-year old and just turned 9-year old.
And a 43-year old. “Climb higher! HIGHER!!”
It’s pretty hard to impress my older kid. He’s been to a couple of playgrounds. So it’s got to be really good. And he didn’t want to leave. Score.
The park itself is beautiful. There’s the Human Rights Walkway with its plaques commemorating men and women who have worked for human rights. (Read the sign to your kids, it’s important.)
Near the walkway is the impressive Shalom Bloom Sculpture Garden which features stunning bronze animal sculptures along a meandering path.
There are also baseball fields, the chalet (with wheelchair accessible washrooms), the picturesque pond where you can rent pedal boats during the summer (see hours and rates in the image gallery), and a colourful splash pad.
Close to the parking lot on the corner of Stephen Leacock and Louis Pasteur is the brand new playground. The equipment by Kompan is a mixture of ropes, rubber and metal contraptions which you can climb, swing from, and slide down.
My big kids got a kick out of seeing how high they could make each other fly into the air on the cool rubber bridge…thing (just watch your fingers in the rollers), while the little one hung onto the vertical ropes. “I am in the jungle!!”
The rope climber is immense and you can climb the sides and all over the top, then down through the “black hole”.
There are little hammocks, a Supernova spinner (also known as “the hamster wheel”), the interesting Miram which is kind of like a skateboard/surfboard, and multiple balance beams.
Just past the itty-bitty sandbox area is the toddler section. Again, it’s not a traditional stairs-and-slide combo, but rather there’s an interesting obstacle course structure where kids can go up (or down) the rubber slide and across the mini rope waves. There is also a spinner, a little bouncer, and a ground level activity panel for those only four apples high.
You’ll also find two baby swings, ONE adult swing, an adaptive swing, and the fantastic Expression parent-baby swing.
Couple of things to note:
-The splash pad hours of operation are: 9am-9pm.
-There are benches and picnic tables either in or around the playground. The city has added umbrellas to the tables so you can have snacks in the shade. There is also a spot to BBQ right near the playground (I believe you have to rent this area, check with the city)
-The playground is partially fenced, but open at some sections.
-Both toddler and older kid sections are on wood chips and there is a concrete wheelchair/stroller ramp down.
-If you have a load of kids with you who all like to swing, they’re going to have to wait turns. There just aren’t enough swings for a park this size.
-Though there are trees around the park, there is no shade on the actual playground. I suggest going early in the morning to beat the crowds and the heat. Edited spring 2018: It looks like the city will be installing some more shade structures.
-There is some poison ivy in the wooded areas of the park (not near the playground). You can read more HERE.
It’s space-age-y and weird, and that’s exactly what we liked about it. It’s difficult to find playgrounds in Montreal that are challenging and interesting enough for older kids. We’ve now been to almost 700 playgrounds and see the same things over and over again. Kuddos to Côte Saint-Luc and Atmosphäre for designing something unique.
|Toddler park (2-5)||✓|
|Completely fenced park|
|Separate fenced toddler park|
|Big kid park (5-12)||✓|
|Big kid swings||✓|
|Reduced mobility swings||✓|