Monday, 26 May 2014

The Whole World is Our Playground: Playground Review of Charles G. Williams Park

This Toronto playground was recommended via Torontoist in their Best Playgrounds feature so we decided to make it a part of a weekend visit to the shops and fruit markets in Roncesvalles Village.

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.

Charles G. Williams Park Playground Review Toronto

Park Name:
Charles G. Williams Park

 There is a decent amount of paid street parking on Roncesvalles for $1.50 an hour.  The park is about a 15 minute walk away from Dundas West Subway Station. 

Charles G. Williams Park Playground Review Toronto
Theme of Park:
Traditional community playground.

Ground Coverage:

Variety of Equipment for different ages:
 This park is a toddlers paradise as most of the equipment is standard fare that is designed for children 4-5 and under.  Most climbing structures are fairly small and won't be daunting to little ones.

Charles G. Williams Park Playground Review Toronto
I have no idea why both of my children insisted on wearing coats on such a warm weekend.

Charles G. Williams Park Playground Review Toronto

Best Parts of the Park:
The park is fenced in and has a dedicated sand box for little ones to play in.  The absence of bigger kids and low to the ground monkey bars can help little ones build up their climbing confidence.  Jack hung from the climbing structures giggling maniacally for most of our visit.  An added bonus to parents and "snacky" children is that Sunny Joe's Cafe is situated directly opposite the playground. 

 This park is a little aged and rough around the edges in terms of paint and wear and tear.  It doesn't have any innovative or accessible equipment either.  If you're looking for anything beyond standard fare, this park  probably is not for you.   

Charles G. Williams Park Playground Review Toronto

Overall Rating:
This is the first time Molly has had the confidence to tackle some of the bigger climbers without a helping hand.  It was great to be able to encourage her and hear her declare "I did it!" when she reached the top.  This is a great place for a break or a picnic with your little kids as a reward after enjoying some shopping in Roncesvalles village.  Rating 3.5/5.

Charles G. Williams Park Playground Review Toronto

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