Wowzers. LaSalle always makes me laugh because this is how I imagine the recreation/park department sitting around the table as they plan the park:
“I just don’t know what products to pick from the playground catalogue…”
“Me neither. Should we just get everything?”
“For sure! I’ll write the cheque.”
And then they high-five.
Seriously though. LaSalle has some GREAT parks, and they’re always loaded with tons of unique play equipment.
Lefebvre Park is BIG. There are two playground areas, one at the corner of Cordner and Gervais – then there’s a giant wooded/grass area in the middle – and another playground AND small splash pad near Hardy and Dollard. We only played in the former because we were just too beat and didn’t feel like walking/driving to the other one. But trust me, there’s a splash pad near Dollard Avenue.
We parked on Gervais, toddled through the gate and were met with five separate play areas from which to choose.
There’s a section with a ton of toddler equipment good for even the youngest kids. We loved the schoolbus (of course) and thankfully I’d brought along some change so I was allowed to go for a ride. There are seesaws and spring riders, a spinny sphere, an adorable mini climber, baby swings, and a VERY exciting boulder.
The next little section has a great Kompan play structure with ground-level play things, stairs and slides; there are two spinner bowls and a saucer swing.
THEN, there’s a large play structure for older kids with tons of ways to swing and climb, and a funky and modern colourful climber with a neat slanted ramp and “cheese holes” to grab onto.
Run to the next area where kiddos can climb the immense rope structure, swing in one of the six adult swings, or use the stand spinner.
Oh wait, there’s more. Near the bathroom chalet is another new structure that has ropes and monkey bars and one of those “it’s not really a slide” slides.
Things to note:
-The park is *almost entirely fenced* (3 sides) but has two gates that no one seems to close.
-The wooded area in the middle is lovely and we saw a small hawk, lots of squirrels and birds. There are also some picnic tables scattered around.
-We visited on a weekday morning, and the washrooms near the playground were locked. There are no posted opening hours.
-There’s a working drinking fountain outside the washrooms.
-The play areas are in their own little spaces and some are on sand, while others are on wood chips
-There are a trio of cheery red picnic tables with chess boards near the play areas
-There’s some pretty good shade, as there are gorgeous mature trees throughout the park.
-To be closest to the playground we parked on Gervais. Just read the signs carefully.
|Toddler park (2-5)||✓|
|Completely fenced park|
|Separate fenced toddler park|
|Big kid park (5-12)||✓|
|Big kid swings||✓|
|Reduced mobility swings|