Westwood Park

EDITED spring 2018: This park is again getting some new equipment. It should be installed early summer 2018.

This is one of the the kids’ favourite “home” parks. It’s usually super quiet, it’s pretty chill, and it now has a brand new rocket ship play structure. The park is pretty hard to find unless you know where you’re going, but follow the signs for the Westwood skating arena and it’s RIGHT beside it.
We’ve always called this the “firetruck park”, and the kids were relieved to see that the old-school metal firetruck structure was left intact. We spent quite a while putting out fires, while we all took turns driving or hanging onto the back. Then we turned it into a garbage truck and “drove” around the city picking up trash.

The new rocket ship structure by Jambette is aimed at kids 18 months-12 years of age, and has two sides connected by a tricky open bridge. On the toddler side are easy-to-climb stairs as well as steps to scamper up. My little guy LOVED the space ship/plane cockpit with its steering wheel. Zip down the slide and there’s a ground-level ledge that can be a restaurant, a space garage, or an intergalactic drive-thru window. Bigger kids can climb across the bridge to the (very) high side with a tall slide. Or climb up one of the multiple steps or ladders to access the middle of the rocket. It’s great that both toddlers and older kids can play together, and it’s also hard that toddlers and older kids can play together, because ALL the toddlers who were there were trying to copy the big kids. It’s hard to put a stop sign in the middle of the whole thing. 
We’ve almost always had this park to ourselves, and this was the first time we’ve seen so many kids! And everyone was having a blast. Ha, pun!
The whole rocket thing got all their imaginations going. 

There’s also “hang on!” zipline, a multiple sided rock climbing wall by Playworld, an ATV spring-rider, and big and baby swings.
The different apparatus are all in the same area, so you can keep an eye on all the parts, but there is NO fencing. 
It is quite sunny over the play areas, but has mature trees and shade around the edges. Picnic tables, benches and a drinking founatain, and a soccer field for running around make it a nice spot to spend a morning. 
The BEST part of this park is when you go to the north side of the Westwood Arena. Climb the daunting hill and voila! The best plane spotting place around. Depending on wind direction, the planes may be using runways 06L and 10. (You can check which runways are in use at THIS LINK). We watched them fly right over our head and you can see the terminal and all the trucks buzzing around. My aviation photography sucks, but it was really, really cool. If you’re interested in more plane watching spots, check out the “plane spotting” tag on the home page or read through the Jacques-De-Lesseps Observatory Park post. Some are playgrounds near the airport, and Jacques-De-Lesseps is a dedicated plane watching “park”.

And then we all rolled down the hill and lost our hats.

***Come back in winter and try out the SLEDDING!

Toddler park (2-5)
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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