Wednesday, 2 July 2014

The Whole World is Our Playground: Review Little Norway Playground

I first saw this park in BlogTo's Best Playgrounds in Toronto Edition last summer.  We decided to explore it with the minions this weekend to see what the fuss was about.

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:
Little Norway Park

 There is a little bit of parking on Stadium Road near the park, but while we were there people who didn`t obey the signs were ticketed.  This park is a three minute walk from the Fleet Street Stop on the Bathurst Streetcar line.

playground review little Norway park toronto, totem pole

Theme of Park:
Little retreat in the big city.

Ground Coverage:
Mixed coverage of sand, concrete and grass.

Little Norway Park and playground Toronto Lion Slide

Variety of Equipment for different ages:
 This park has a couple of unusual features (Lion Slide and Tunnel) and spider web climber as well as a very basic wading pool.  Most of the kids playing here were six and under.

Best Parts of the Park:
If you want to check out some neat sculptures and a city view this is a great park to relax and enjoy the view.  It's well hidden with some decent shade covering on a hot and steamy day.  For kids who are obsessed with planes you can see a lot of take-offs and landings because of the close proximity to Billy Bishop Airport.  The people-watching at this park is unparallelled: If you've ever wanted to know where "the beautiful people" go to hang out, Little Norway Park is the answer: from the fitness buffs doing boot camps, to hot moms, to those sunbathing, there is a lot to see.

Little Norway Park and playground climber web

 After exploring some of the neat sculptures, the slide and a once over all of the playground equipment, the kids got bored. Some other patron took a deuce in the wading pool they had to shut it down for half an hour while they chlorinated (it wasn't my kids, I checked.  No seriously, I checked). That's when we knew it was time to go home.

Little Norway Park and playground splash pad

Overall Rating:
This people-watching paradise is something that is worth going to at least once to check out the scenery and relax - Chris now refers to it as "Hot Mom Park".  If you live in the area, find yourself nearby or are waiting for a flight from Billy Bishop it may become more of a regular retreat.   Rating 3.5/5.

Little Norway Park and playground splash pad

To read my review of Marie Curtis Playground click here

To read my review of Dufferin Grove Playground click here

To read my review of Vermont Square Playground click here

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