This park is undergoing a multi-phase renovation, and though we usually try to visit a park to see the “after”, we were in the neighbourhood, and it was so pretty we stopped anyways.
Some of the changes have been made already, including adding water fountains, a new toddler structure, and the park is clean and free of litter (which was apparently a large problem).
Still to come are changes to stabilize the shoreline, redoing the covered shelter near the BBQs, and converting the current beach volleyball area into a splash pad.
And the large yellow box outside the chalet? I suppose that’s the new TOY BOX that’s been installed, though since there’s no indication on it anywhere of just what it is, we didn’t open it, lest some alarm start sounding. So…I dare you…
We parked in the small lot on Rue Notre Dame des Anges and then made sure to walk in the pedestrian lane on our way to the playground. Park Raimbault is situated along the 15km Parcours Gouin network of bike trails and there are clearly marked lanes through many of the parks in Ahuntsic, and from Pierrefonds-Roxboro to Montreal-North. You can read more about it HERE and to see the map and download the app.
The fully fenced playground (but with no gate) is all on sand and separated into two sections with a large hedge in the middle. The play structure for older kids is…ok. With lots of ladders, and metal rungs and some slides. There’s no way up for a too-short toddler so we jumped over the orange concrete bench (?) and played on the almost new toddler climber.
We hadn’t seen this particular Miracle Recreation model before and we really liked its large “flag” and wide, easy to climb platforms. At ground level is a sand table that could be accessible for wheelchairs, but isn’t, because it’s in sand. But still, it was cute.
The slide is wider than normal, which my bum enjoyed, there’s a steering wheel, and some little pods leading to the close-to-the-ground rope netting that my toddler LOVED. I think every toddler playground needs this particular piece of equipment. You don’t have to worry about them climbing 20 feet into the air, yet they can still test out their balance and grip. All the kids who were at the park made up their own game with the sand being “lava”, or pretending to be Tarzan swinging from vines.
We puttered around the rest of the park, enjoyed chatting with the ducks, peered over the bridge and wandered past the BBQ area and picnic tables.
At 11am, just before we left, a city worker came and unlocked the chalet so we had a peek at the clean interior and bathrooms. Will be super handy when the splash pad is functional!
We’ll come back for a visit at the end of the summer (or next year) to see the completion of the work. And, we were too early in the season to see the park in full bloom, so it would be nice to come back mid-summer.
Raimbault ParkSee images (click the first image for full screen) »
|Toddler park (2-5)||✓|
|Fenced toddler park|
|Big kid park (5-12)||✓|
|Big kid swings||✓|
|Reduced mobility swings|