Sail away at new park in Saint-Michel
It’s not often that we see small parks that are just about perfect. But on a recent jaunt through the Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension borough (and after visiting THIS amazing park), my husband and two kids all agreed: this newly redesigned play space ticks almost all the boxes.
While not large in size, the space has a ton of play value and offers equipment for the youngest kids right up to tweens. Nicely laid out with lovely landscaping and plants for pollinators, it’s an oasis of calm within the city and a fantastic neighbourhood playground for local children and visitors just passing through.
A definite highlight of the kids’ area is the wooden boat. While aimed at those 5 and under, my 9-year-old was delighted and puttered around inside checking out the ship’s wheel and seats. “Land ho!” we exclaimed while peering through the binoculars. The play structure for the younger kids is also made of wood with steps and slides, and parents can play or hang out on the wooden benches that are placed near the action.
Older kids can challenge themselves with the rope ladders on the bigger structure, try out the spinners, and see how high they can get in the swings and saucer swing. Mine went high!
Interestingly, the swing areas are on artificial grass, which I don’t normally enjoy, but it works here. It’s tidy, easy to maneuver, and the rest of the park has an abundance of grass and native plants, so the “fake grass” doesn’t make the park seem static or too modern.
And you might miss it, but right in the centre of the park is a completely unobtrusive splash pad. While there are only a few ground sprayers, it’s enough to cool off on a hot day. The water trickles down into the cute pond (don’t play in it) and is a reminder of the Molson stream that once flowed through the space.
Make sure to also check out the beautifully carved wooden bench, and the “tree trunk” that explains Montreal’s local fauna and flora. Bring along a snack or pack a picnic for dining al fresco as there’s a great shaded area with mature trees and picnic tables.
THINGS TO NOTE:
- The splash pad hours are every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Press the sensor on the post to start the water sequence.
- The playground has some low fencing but also has wide openings and there are no gates.
- There is shade over the picnic table area.
Parc du Ruisseau-du-Pont-à-l’Avoine
Address: Everett Street and 8th Avenue, Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension, H2A 3E6
Parking: Street parking only.
Bathroom facility: None.
All photos by Christine Latreille