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.
Fairfield Park (90 Lothian Avenue) - Near Islington and Bloor
There is limited street parking at no cost on weekends. This park is highly transit accessible and a 13 minute stroll from Islington Subway Station.
Theme of Park:
This park was, until recently, a vacant lot that was simply used as a green space. In 2010 the Toronto District School Board wanted to sell it for eight million dollars. Thanks to vocal members of the community the park is now a real playground characterised by bright neon colours (reminiscent of Miami Vice).
Large wood chips. Surrounded by green area.
Variety of Equipment for different ages:
This is a great playground for younger kids. I'd say ideal for kids six and under. For older kids, maybe bring some badminton rackets, a Frisbee or soccer ball so you can enjoy some of the green space around the playground and keep everyone entertained.
Best Parts of the Park:
There are two unique play structures (or castles as Molly likes to call them) both with slides. The park is also equipped with a small splash pad with a giant palm tree and butterfly that spray water in the summer months. There is a raised sandbox with a handful of toys, but you're probably best suited to bring your own shovel and bucket.
The equipment is modern and nice, but there isn't a ton of variety. While there are very small trees planted in the area there is very little shade coverage anywhere around the playground or splash pad. Even with re-applying sunscreen I could see little faces turning pink after only half an hour and we had to call it a day. The kids were starting to get bored (especially with the splash pad not active) and didn't object much.
This is a great local park to unwind at, particularly if you live in the area and have younger kids. Just remember to bring sunblock and hats, even on an over-cast day! 3.0/5.
To read my review of west end Lakeshore area Marie Curtis Park click here.
To read my review of west end Jeff Healey Park click here.
To read my review from downtown park KEW Gardens click here.
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