I usually give a description of the playground first, followed by the splash pad (if there’s one). But I’m pretty sure no one is here to read about the toddler park 😉
Soooooo, Pointe-Claire’s long-awaited splash pad is now OPEN.
Hours of operation for the splash pad are 9am-9pm daily.
There are many, many cool features here including a washroom and changing rooms, drinking fountains, an accessible picnic table, a funky wooden decorative structure with benches, zones for various ages, a MASSIVE dumping wheel, and in-ground lighting!!!
A project by Soucy Aquatik, the splash pad products are from Pointe-Claire’s own Vortex Aquatic Structures with a funky painted floor by Tennis Mapa.
The different areas ensure that toddlers as well as older kids can experience and enjoy the splash pad. My 4-year old LOVED the pirate ship wheel, the gentle crab and fish sprayers, and sang as he crouched under the water bell.
There are ground jets to dance through, a ship’s bow and a sail to turn, angelfish and seaweed sprayers. Older kids will go nutty for the Superwave with its giant wheel of water. Wait for it…wait for it…..Ahhhhh!
There are various sensors for the different areas, including some on the ground (they’re silver and beep), so be sure to press them all.
Surrounding the water area are benches, tons of picnic tables (one accessible), and just steps away is the washroom and changing rooms.
Note that the splash pad has fencing along the road, but is open to the rest of the park and to the soccer fields. There is basically no shade except for near a couple of evergreens and under the picnic table umbrellas.
And now, The playground!
This is a busy park in the heart of the Valois community and is located just across the street from St. John Fisher Junior school.
The playground consists of a fully-fenced and gated toddler area on sand, and a big-kid area with cedar chip base.
On the toddler side there’s an easy to climb structure with stairs, slides, a metal ladder, dirty bubble window, and a ground-level ledge.
On the other side of the playground is the cutest “stage” with seats for three littles (or six if they realllllly squish) and both big and little kids can trace the alphabet and numbers on the walls, or take turns putting on a show. I have been the mesmerized audience for many theatre productions.:)
There is also a 4-kid balancer/teeter-totter, a sand shovel, and a ride-on….triceratops? Rhino? It’s up for debate. Four baby swings, and closer to the climber are two “mom-butt pinching” big swings.
There is good shade in the morning or afternoon thanks to the trees planted in the middle of the play area.
The big-kid section has a large climber with stairs, but then no way for smaller guys to get across to the slide, so my toddler stays on the ground and makes wood-chip castles while his brother swings around on the monkey bars and climbs the metal rungs. There’s also a big spiderweb rope climber on a new (and already wrinkled) felt carpet base, and some high-off-the-ground adult swings.
(Note that this new colourful carpet under the 20-foot high rope structure was installed so that “wheelchairs could more easily move around.” Which doesn’t make ANY sense as there’s NOTHING in this playground that is wheelchair accessible.)
There’s lots of room to run, or fly a kite when the soccer fields are empty, and the south side of the park near the pool would be great for picnics.
Street parking is available on Belmont directly in front of the playground and splash pad, or during the summer you can use the school’s parking lot.
Near the southern-most entrance to the park is Laviolette Convenience Food Stores (or The Dep), and my all-time favourite small deli/café Le Den. So, so good and kid-friendly. Try the Hong Kong breakfast or their freshly made flax bread. Or the gingerbread men. Or their smoothies. Or…..well, you get the picture.