Gold Park

This was one of the easiest parks to photograph. The equipment is new, shiny and bright, and the orange and yellow contrasted perfectly with the deep blue sky and fluffy white clouds fluttering by overhead. And clean! Everything was super tidy. 

After parking the car on the side of the road, the toddler went zipping down the path with an excited little prance. “Ooooooooh! What is dis??” 
Though he’s easy to please and still gets excited even after almost 500 parks, sometimes he gets really excited (as do I!) when we see something big and new. Renovated in 2012, the park has all new play structures and equipment, a gazebo shading a trio of picnic tables, and new park furnishings. 

What’s great here is that the sight lines between the 2 to 5 and 6 to 12 sections are open, so if you’re like me and have kids of different ages it’s easy to watch them on both sides. And both play structures are well-suited for those age ranges. BUT, while it’s open, that also means that it’s very, very sunny. Thankfully there are mature trees and grassy areas around the perimeter, and the gazebo is a good shady spot to sit and have a snack (there’s also a drinking fountain.)

We started off in the toddler area and tried out the Xccent Play rockers and spinners. The rockers are great for little ones as they have just a little bit of bounce and won’t send anyone flying onto their chin. 
Miracle Recreation’s play structure is colourful and bright with great stairs, multiple slides, close-to-the-ground steps to cross (the sand is lava, careful!), and older kids can scale the various ladders and the slanted rock climbing wall. 

Just across the path is the super large and challenging big-kid structure. No stairs over here so my little tried (and succeeded!) at the corkscrew climber, but then got stuck at the top with nowhere to go. ‘Help. Meeeeee!”
So up I climbed, guided him down and then he watched and praised me while I climbed the trickier parts. “Great job mommy!”
(He’s good for my self-esteem.)
There are high ladders, swinging ladders, steps up to the twirly Typhoon slide, and the mega steep slides that always give my heart a jolt. 
In the surrounding sand are adult swings, a “hang-on!” spinner, and a skateboard balance board. 

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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