Riverside Park

We were some of the first people to play here in summer of 2015 as it was just about finished its renovation.

This playground is fantastic and has one of the biggest, most elaborate play structures we’ve seen. We stopped in our tracks upon walking in because we just didn’t know where to start
It’s like a toddler and big-kid climber in one, and is from Quebec-based Jambette. Kids of all ages will be happy climbing, balancing, swinging and sliding. Little kids can access part of it by stairs and low platforms, and they have a bridge to the twirly slide, steerings wheels, small slides and more. We peered through the binoculars, danced across the semi-circle of raised pods, and then tried out the climbing wall. But alas, he was too short. It’s like the story of his life!
The older set will enjoy the cable bridges, swinging steps, crazy climbing contraptions like the Monster, and ladders that are all over the place. There are so many ways to climb that it’s dizzzying. What’s great is that everyone can stay together.

AND THEN…..There’s a whole other toddler section that’s really, really great for itty-bitty kids. 

There’s one of the little guy’s favourite toys: the school bus. Lucky (for him), his older brother was not with us so he got to be the sole driver. Once we’d “arrived”, we checked out the little snail house, the brand new elephant and car spring riders from Ledon, and the super-duper cute mini elephant slide that would be great for new walkers and first time sliders. I like that there’s more than just one thing to do here, and that there are ground level activities. (p.s. if yours is also obsessed with the bus we’ve seen it at Dalmany and Lawrence parks in Lasalle)

There is also a big spiderweb rope climber, and a new vertical climbing wall….thing. The swings weren’t yet installed but there will be baby swings in the toddler section, and big swings on the opposite side of the park. 
Everything is on wood chips except for a little sand area. There was SOME of the old fencing left but it didn’t look like there were any gates or that it circles the entire park. I hope they DO fence it all in as this is a busy corner. 
Some really good shade throughout the play area and there was a chalet with bathrooms, though they weren’t yet open. 
AND, there is one of Lasalle’s splash fountains just beside the playground so when you’re too hot you can get a break!

P.s. This is a huge park with baseball, a pool etc so the actual playground is on the corner of Central and 35th. Apparently the pool is closed for an unknown amount of time. 

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


  • Isabel Brinck says:

    Just to add that the pool at Riverside is open. There’s bathrooms there too.
    The bigger park was mostly in the shade during the afternoon, phew!

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