Friday, 5 August 2016

The Whole World Is Our Playground: Christie Pitts Playground

The summer continues to be a scorcher, and I have to be honest, I'm one of those people who loves this kind of heat.  Especially when I can take some time with Molly and Jack to explore a local playground.  And at the end of the day we have air conditioning, time our outings for minimal heat exhaustion, and then there's always ice cream!

Approaching the park

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 @ .

Park Name:
Christie Pitts
Christie and Bloor

There is cheap pay parking most of the week on Bloor, or it's also a very short walk from Christie Subway Station.

Theme of Park:
Classic playground sunken in the park, with ample green space for non-playground activities. 

Ground Coverage:
The playground is surrounded by grass and has sand around the majority of the equipment, with some of the newer equipment having wood chip ground coverage.

Variety of Equipment for different ages:
This playground is great for kids of all ages with a variety of climbers, swings and slides.  The playground also has an old school spinner which the kids played on for a little while.  From July to September there is a wading pool with lifeguards for those who really want to get wet.  Older kids can enjoy the "maze" painted into the floor of the wading pool and see if they can "find" their way out.

Best Parts of the Park:
There is some great shade cover here, particularly on hotter days.  A rare gem is how this park also has a clean (for a public washroom) available for day use.  Molly and Jack fell in love with the tall towered spider webbed climber here and spent a lot of time here.  When Jack climbed too high for his own comfort level an older (9ish year old) boy helped direct him down, which really helped build his confidence.  Kids playing here were happy to include each other, which was nice.

Climbing the green web at Christie Pitts 

This park is busy and downtown.  We saw a toddler get trampled by someone playing Pokemon in the park and not paying attention to his surroundings, and there was some broken glass around the playground we needed to avoid.

Overall Rating:
I would rate this playground a 4 out of 5.  The kids had so much fun and were thrilled when I told them that we'd be stopping at the Baskin Robbins right beside Christie Station on the way home.  An overall win with both kids playing really, really well, particularly when I was one parent watching two minions.  We'd go back again.

Splashing around Christie Pitts

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