Sunday, 19 July 2015

The Whole World is Our Playground - Chinguacousy Park

I came across this list of free/cheap things to do with children a few months ago and couldn't wait to explore some of the destinations mentioned.  A 40 degree day (with Humidex) seemed like the perfect time to visit this Brampton area park, playground and splash pad.

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:
Chinguacousy Park - 9050 Bramalea Road, Brampton Ontario 

This park boasts over 500 free parking spots available for patrons.  This area isn't close to rapid transit or a GO train station, so you're probably better off driving there. 

Theme of Park:
Rightfully boasted as Brampton's Destination Park.

Ground Coverage:
A mixture of pavement, grass, AstroTurf and rubber.

Variety of Equipment for different ages:
There is some great equipment here for everyone.  The jungle gym features traditional climbers and swings, plus there are a number of spinners and climbing structures.  Tweens and teens can hang out at the Mini Putt ($3.90 a game) or at the BMX, skateboarding park.  Winter activities include a ski hill.

Best Parts of the Park:
Free activities include usage of the huge splash pad facility and the regular jungle gym equipment.  Patrons who want to pay a little can enjoy riding the Chinguacousy Express Train or Carousel for $3 a ride (or $15 for a six pack of rides).  The splash pad is one of the biggest I've ever seen with fountains and spouts divided into different sections of the park so younger kids and older kids can play without getting overwhelmed or bored.  We literally had to drag Jack away from the splash pad kicking and screaming (although I'd probably personally consider that a downfall).  Molly was a big fan of the "silly" piggies she saw when she walked over with Chris to check out the petting zoo.  There are some concessions where you can get drinks, ball park type snacks and ice cream.

Downfalls:We visited this park on a hot July day (there was a heat advisory).  There are a few good shady spots to enjoy some reprieve from the sun, but they go quickly.  Be sure to bring a lot of sun screen and water to keep you hydrated. 

Overall Rating:
I would rate this park a 4.5 out of 5.  It only loses points because a number of the great options offered are "pay to play" activities. That being said, none of the prices seemed unreasonable.  We ran out of time at this park and will be coming back later this summer to explore the green houses, paddle boats, mini putt and petting zoo.

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