Back to where things started…
I met my now-husband when he was living on Claremont, and consequently ended up spending quite a bit of time in Westmount, before dragging him out to the wilds of the West Island. Back then we weren’t so into parks (or children!), so never visited this one just north of Sherbrooke Street.
So with the little one in tow, we came out on a chilly June day to see the newly built splash pad and frolic in the playground.
We both quite enjoyed this park. There’s a newer area for older kids with an interesting rope course where kids can climb, swing, and balance; and in the fresh wood chips are four adult swings. Running up the path, we paused to peek in the chalet, and then beelined for the large play structure near Prince Albert Avenue. It’s older, and follows Westmount’s love of wooden structures, but unlike the others we’ve seen around, we actually enjoyed this one. With easy to climb stairs, little stepping stools, a rock climbing wall, and ladders; there are loads of ways up. Kids can come back down one of the slides, play underneath in the little “house”, or try out the monkey bars.
The rope and cable railings on the wooden bridge have seen better days, and I’m not sure if these are even replaceable any more.
In the wood chips is a cute dinosaur to climb, and nearby are newly installed baby swings, an adapative swing, and a parent-baby tandem swing (thanks for the pictures Jenn!). There’s also a sandbox that could actually use some more sand.
New this year is the small, unobtrusive splash pad by Vortex. If you’re looking for spinning flowers and dumping buckets, you won’t find them here. Instead there are medium-tall jets, a neat angled sprayer, and to the toddler’s delight (you can hear him in the video), some super cute “bubblers”.
It was a pretty cloudy day when we visited, so it’s hard to tell how much shade is over the play areas, but there are large trees throughout the park, where you can escape to if need be.
Things to Note:
-The park doesn’t show up on Google Maps, but it’s located between Avenues Claremont and Prince Albert, and just south of Windsor.
-There’s street parking available all over, it’s just tricky to find a spot. We parked about a block away.
-I’ve asked Westmount about the splash pad hours, will update if they answer! There’s zero info on their website. But we were there about 10:30am on a weekday morning and the water was ON.
-There’s no fencing surrounding the park.
-Everything is on wood chips, except for the round sandbox area.
-The chalet was OPEN and is generally open from 8am-10pm. The bathroom was nice and clean.