Saint-Paul-de-la-Croix Park


This park is undergoing a 2-year renovation, and even though the proposed new splash pad and chalet aren’t yet complete, we came anyways. Because I was just so excited!
And the playground was amazing.

This is a large park with two separate playgrounds, pétanque and bocce courts (lanes?), a chalet and an ancient wading pool. New this year are two permanent ping-pong tables (bring your own paddles), and the park for older kids has been completely redone. 
We were able to snag street parking right in front of the playgrounds, VERY carefully crossed the busy road, and trotted up to the toddler playground. Redone in 2007, the toddler area has a cute and easy-to-climb Kompan play structure. With stairs, little rope ladders, slides and a ground-level shelf, little ones can explore it on their own. In the surrounding sand are two spring riders (we had a race, I lost), baby swings, and a triple-kid seesaw/bouncer. What used to be a fountain is now a sand box with a cheery yellow shade umbrella. This area is fenced by the road, but open to the rest of the park, and is pretty much full sun.
Nearby is the wading pool, which is only open during the week (???). You can read the hours HERE. Luckily the chalet and bathrooms were open on the weekend. 

It was tricky taking pictures in the brand new older kids playground as it was packed with kids. And no wonder it was so busy. It’s really, really cool, with some unique play equipment from GameTime, Urban Design Berlin, and Lappset’s sport line. 
Sports line? Yes! What initially caught our eye was the large yellow and black pyramid of oversize balls, and when we went over to explore we read the instruction panel with its play ideas for teens. Nice to see this age range recognized at a playground! On a bright poured-in-place rubber base, there are platforms, ropes, and bars to climb. 

Nearby and on fluffy wood chips (which always remind me of the smell of hamsters!), is an immense cable climber with TWO different bridges to the play structure. I love the fat rope (I’m pretty sure the official name is “fat rope”;) ) and this structure has all sorts of ladders, and stairs up to the tall slides. Plenty of ways up and down for older kids. 
I only had the 4-year old  with me, but he happily played with the ground-level colour wheel, spun in the saddle seats, and urged me to join him on the sit/stand seesaw. And then he saw his most favourite thing EVER, the woven saucer swing which he pretended was a bird nest. *chirp, chirp*
The whole space is really cheery with colourfully painted paths, picnic tables and benches, and funky bicycle racks. And because I’m a sucker for details, I loved that the blue and yellow theme continues through all the redone sections of the park. 
We’ll have to come back next summer to see the new chalet (which will be similar to the one at Parc Ahuntsic) and the new splash pad. 

You can read more about the renovation HERE and HERE. Also, can I just reiterate how much I love that some cities have public consultations when redoing parks? Unlike my own city, whose motto should be: “Suck it up. You get what you get.”

Toddler park (2-5)
Completely fenced park
Separate fenced toddler park
Baby swings
Big kid park (5-12)
Big kid swings
Parking lot
Street parking
Water fountain
Picnic tables
Seasonal Bathrooms
Green space
Soccer fields
Baseball field
Tennis courts
Splash pad
Reduced mobility swings
Dep nearby

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