Tuesday, 12 July 2016

The Whole World is Our Playground: Exploring Lithuania Park

I've been fortunate enough to have a lot of time to explore the city with the minions this summer and last week was no exception.  We've been driving by Lithuania park for years, often admiring the perfectly kid sized toboggan hill there, and even though it's summer time we decided to go check things out.
The secure (yet wobbly bridge)

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 @ gmail,com .

Park Name:
Lithuania Park
155 Oakmount Road (Keele and Glenlake, just north of Bloor)

This park has a lot of local street parking and is also just an eight minute walk away from Keele Subway Station according to Google Maps, but I think it's even a little bit closer.

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

Ground Coverage:
The playground itself has a dirt ground covering and the surrounding area is quite grassy.

We're slowly growing confident little climbers!

Variety of Equipment for different ages:
This playground is another one that is specifically geared to younger kids with one climber in particular dedicated to kids aged one to five.  There are some big kid swings, a see-saw and a variety of slides.  There is also so much space around in the valley (between the road and the playground equipment) for older kids to play a variety of sports. 

Best Parts of the Park:
This park itself has great shade coverage and has ample room to play away from the road.  It also has a basic wading pool that kids can enjoy on summer days.  The line of sight here for parents watching kids of various ages is fantastic and means lower stress for caregivers who want to enjoy some shade and a little coffee.  Molly liked the bridge and sandbox best while Jack (as usual) loved the wading pool.

An easy way to cool off on a hot day!

This park is geared towards younger kids, but this can be easily remedied by bringing some sports equipment for older kids to play with on the ample sized lawn.  Part way through our play the local camp came by and took over the playground, and things got a little crowded.  There is nothing innovative or new here to play with, but not every park has to have a gimmick.

Molly frolicking in the field around the playground

Overall Rating:
I would rate this park a 3.5 out of 5.  It's local and would be a wonderful place to attend if I were better prepared with a picnic and a soccer ball or other games to play nearby.  I am going to have this location on the top of our list for tobogganing come winter 2016!

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