We originally visited this park early summer 2014, and after two people letting me know it had recently been updated (I’d given it a scathing review), we revisited mid-September 2015. I redid the text below and most of the gallery pictures.
I like that all the equipment is now on wood chips, with no sand in sight! But, my initial qualms from last year, with so many things being broken wasn’t really addressed.
On the big-kid climber from Landscape Structures, the main support holding up the swinging stepping stone bridge is STILL broken, making for a super tricky, and potentially dangerous crossing on a bridge that shouldn’t be swinging that much. The rest of the climber is pretty good with platforms, big slides and a summit to climb.
The large spiderweb rope climber was replaced with the small Uniplay Birro by HAGS, which all the kids loved. There are rubber covered rungs to climb, rungs along the top and metal ladders. It’s like a climbing cube! My kids pretty much ignored everything else and just stayed on this.
On the other side of the (clean and shiny) picnic table are big and baby swings, and then there’s the whole toddler section.
The broken sand digger has been removed but the older toddler climber by GameTime is still there, and still has the very broken activity panel. I’m not a huge fan of this model of climber as the metal stairs are super steep and next to impossible for toddlers to go down.
There’s a tic-tac-toe wall of “people and their occupations”, a tube slide and regular slides. In the same area is a metal ride-on motorcycle and a stand-alone tic-tac-toe wall at ground level.
What I DID still like about this park are the mature trees, though they don’t provide a ton of shade over the actual play equipment. There are also benches scattered around and the park is fully fenced (with heavy-duty Frost fencing) but NOT gated, though they open to the surrounding soccer fields and are still quite far from the road.
The park connects to the East/West walking trails that go down past the Colisée movie theatre so you could bring a stroller and walk along, stopping at the parks along the way.
The park is….ok. But I was hoping that more of the broken equipment would have been addressed.
There are parking spots on Rue de Granada and Rue Argyle.
|Toddler park (2-5)||✓|
|Fenced toddler park|
|Big kid park (5-12)||✓|
|Big kid swings||✓|
|Reduced mobility swings|
Thanks for all your awesome reviews! I’m on mat leave and have been using your posts to explore new parks with my toddler and baby! Just wanted to tell you that Ecclestone park has been renovated. We were there yesterday and they have some new & fun kid structures! I came back to read your review and saw you had pictures of the old equipment (it’s near where I grow up so I know this park well). Keep up the fantastic work!
Thanks for the kind words! I know Kirkland is redoing four parks this fall (this one was not on their list), so thank-you for letting me know. We’ll try and go next week to take new pictures and update the review. I don’t have particularly good memories from when we went so I’m happy to see it’s been redone 🙂