Tuesday, 8 July 2014

The Whole World is Our Playground: Lakefront Promenade Park

We wanted to go to a park with Chris's parents that was half way between their place in Mississauga and our place in the Junction that had a decent view, a picnic area and a splash pad.  My search led me to a parkland area that borders on Etobicoke/Mississauga called Lakefront Promenade 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.

Park Name:

 There is quite a bit of parking inside the park near the splash pad, but it fills up quickly.  By the time we went home people were sharking for a spot.  You can take the Lakeshore street car west to Long Branch and hop on the 23 Bus to get there, but it's probably much easier to drive.

Theme of Park:
Get away by the lake.

Ground Coverage:
Mixed grass, concrete paths, astroturf, woodchips, and boardwalk.

Variety of Equipment for different ages:
 This park has a climbing structure, slides and variety of nozzels and sprinklers in the splash pad area along with giant umbrellas for parents to supervise under.  There are also bike paths and a board walk along the lake for some exploring.  Most of the kids playing were between 6-8 years old.

Best Parts of the Park:
This park has a lot of different spots to picnic and explore.  There was a food truck and snack bars if you forget your picnic basket at home.  The walk along the lake was neat and we spotted a lot of boats, a kite, some ducks and a swan.

 The set up of the park area  is not ideal when you have toddlers who wander, with a lake on one side and parking structures and roadways on the other. We were constantly on our toes - even with four adults.  Parents with kids aged four and over seemed significantly more relaxed.

Overall Rating:
I won't go back to this park until Jack can obey traffic laws and knows better then to throw himself into the lake.  This park would definitely score higher in the summer since the splash pad is the main attraction.  I'd rate it 3/5, but just because I couldn't relax...My rating may change in a couple of years - which will likely be how long it us until I venture another visit.

To read my review of Marie Curtis Splash Pad and Playground in Etobicoke click here

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