Friday, 15 May 2015

The Whole World is Our Playground: Corktown Common

Last weekend, on Mother's Day, we went out exploring a playground that has been on my "must see" list for quite some time now.

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.

Park Name:
Corktown Common - East of Bayview Avenue and South of King Street

 There is limited pay street parking that is free in some areas before 1pm on weekends.  The 504 King Street Car (River Street Stop will drop you off a short walk away from the park)

corktown common marsh
Looking for Kermit.

Theme of Park:
Urban wetland meets concrete jungle.

Ground Coverage:
Grass, sand and cement paths, wooden bridges and hard rubber (to protect little ones from falls)

Variety of Equipment for different ages:
There is some great equipment for kids of all ages here.  Older kids can enjoy the climbing equipment, big slides as well as some smaller bumped spaces for aspiring BMXers. 

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 Jackie on the spinner in Underpass Park.

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One of the smaller climbing structures in Underpass Park.

Best Parts of the Park:
This park has two playgrounds pretty much attached to each other.  Underpass Playground is literally under a cement bridge, with Corktown Common just a few hundred metres away.  This offers a variety of play and is a great use of space.  The wetlands area by Corktown Common houses many frogs, which Molly loved looking for.  In warmer months this park features a basic splash pad.

The Underpass Playground is near to keep an eye on your little ones while you are there.  The proper play area in Corktown Common is sand based, which makes it's accessibility factor incredibly low.  The limited shade cover at Corktown Common paired with metallic equipment could make for some rather heated experiences on sensitive skin. 

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Heading from Underpass Park to Corktown Common

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The big drop

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Sandy Spinner

Overall Rating:
This is a great little retreat in a sea of condos.  The kids had a lot of fun despite the sun beating down on us.  Would definitely come back again to see the frogs with Molly and the slide with Jack.  3.5/5.

To read a review of my least favourite playground click here.

To read a review for another downtown playground gem that prides itself on accessibility click here.

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