Huh. I was positive we’d finished all of Dollard’s parks LAST year, as this one isn’t even listed as having a playground on the city’s website, and I couldn’t see anything on Google Maps.
But, while driving down de Salaberry this winter, I happened to glance over, and without the leaves blocking the view I could see….something colourful off in the distance. Aha!
Fast forward to a warm spring morning, and with a vague idea of how to get into the park, we headed out this way again. Turn into the parking lot off of Rue Lake (opposite Rue Kesmark) and there’s a huge parking lot right next to the football field.
I was a little apprehensive approaching the playground because it’s right next to a large daycare building and it almost seems like it’s the daycare’s property. But nope, the sign on the equipment clearly stated “Dollard-des-Ormeaux Park” and there’s no fencing or anything marking it off as private.
So, we played.
Besides the crazy adorable play house with its seats and table, there are two play structures, all from the creative minds at Playworld. Both the toddler climber and the equipment geared towards older kids are right next to each other, like just steps away, so it’s zero problem watching kids on both.
The smaller climber has a staircase, little pods to hop across, small slides, a tic-tac-toe panel and the educational (and fun!) Slide-n-Learn panel with shapes, numbers and colours.
The larger climber has different kinds of ladders, a rope wall, a rope bridge and various slides. Between the two structures are a duck and turtle spring riders.
Things to note:
-Everything is on new wood chips (it was previously rubber tiles).
-There will be NO shade over the play areas, but there are some small trees around the edge.
-The nearby chalet had bathroom signs, but no posted hours like at all the other DDO chalets. Odd. It was locked when we visited. You could run across the street to the DDO Civic Centre if you need.