Tuesday, 5 November 2019

The Whole World Is Our Playground: Playground Review Humbertown Park

I saw this newly built park on my way back from running errands and knew we needed to check it out before the snow flies. They were literally putting on the finishing touches and sanding the equipment while we played, it's that brand new!  While it always disappointments me when a new playground pops up moments before playground season comes to an end (this one was supposed to open Labour Day weekend), I'm still happy that another green space where I can walk my dog and play with my kids has come to our general area.

My park review disclaimer: If you don't live in the area I hope you enjoy the pics and can use some of the ideas to inspire and explore in your own city. If you have any recommendations for great playgrounds (or new criteria I haven't thought of) please post a comment on this post or email me at multiplemomstrosity @ gmail.com

Exploring some of the structures

Park Name: 
Humbertown Park (Royal York & Dundas - 7 Wimbleton Road)

There is some very limited free parking right beside the park, but there won't be a lot available in the summer once word gets out.  It's also steps away from the 40 Junction-Dundas West Bus stop which runs out of Kipling and Dundas West Station.

Theme of Park:
If IKEA and Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds worked together they would build this playground.

Balance beams and slides

Ground Coverage:
The playground has some shade coverage, soft wood chips and some rubberized landing areas to cushion any kid related falls, along with wide expanses of grass to play on.

Variety of Equipment for different ages:
Most equipment is designed for older kids (think age seven to eight and up unless your children are better, more confident climbers than mine are), but there are some slides (including some unusual ones), balance beams, spinners, and swings available to meet the needs of kids any age. There is a water fountain, but no bathroom or splash equipment.  

Kids enjoying the park before the storm came in

Best Parts of the Park:
The climbing equipment is amazing.  There is so much to do here.  The imagined 'ship' was Jack's favourite part of the structures, while Molly liked the balance beams to challenge her dad. There is a soccer field with bleachersjust below as well as rocks, and some accessible swing equipment. This park has all of the excitement of Jamie Bell playground but much better sight lines for parents who don't need to worry about losing their kids in the labyrinth or equipment.  Because the park is open I was able to take our dog for a walk around the park several times and still see the kids at all times.  

Another perspective of the climbers and slides

How Long My Kids Stayed to Play:
The kids played for about 45 minutes and would have stayed longer, but as you can see from my photos a storm was coming in and we had to leave.  There is a grocery store and some restaurants nearby on Dundas Street for anyone who would want to picnic here. Oh, and I forgot to mention - there is an outdoor ping pong table here as well!

In the warmer weather I could see shade coverage being an issue (although the park plans posted on YouTube  show trees within the playground which may not have been planted yet or had lost all of their leaves). A public washroom or even port-o-john would make this park even better, as would additional parking.

Overall Rating:
I would rate this playground a 4.5 out of 5, particularly because this is one of the few playgrounds my kids can 'grow into' instead of age out of.  There is still plenty for little kids to do there too.  We will be back soon!

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