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Montreal Families

South Shore splash pad a unique attraction

A new splash pad in Châteauguay is delighting users with its impressive array of fun and unique features.

Elmridge Park is the only home in the Montreal area of the interactive Water Journey – Race, which features dual water tracks where little ones can race small boats with a riveting dash to the finish line. My two boys and I were enamoured with the flowing streams and sent sticks zipping down the two lanes, diverting the water and cheering on our ragtag ships. It’s fun, entertaining, and altogether different from the other splash pads we’ve visited.

If you’re looking to dance and jump about, there are also a ton of other play opportunities including ground sprays, a trio of gentle misters, and arches to run through. “Popping” bursts of water are both surprising and hilarious, and the tall dumping bucket delivers a refreshing cascade to cool off everyone. Toddlers can bounce across the squishy pads that shoot up a “gotcha” spray, and play with the cute little mountain that is great for kids who don’t want to get super wet but who still enjoy the sensory experience of playing in the water.

The nearby playground was not renovated and while it’s perfectly usable, the splash pad is definitely the star of the park.

New equipment

Elmridge Park is home to one of four new splash pads in the city and is part of a major overhaul of area parks. Last year, Châteauguay invested almost $4 million in new splash pads, playground equipment, and sanitary buildings.

Châteauguay Mayor Pierre-Paul Routhier says it was important to improve the services offered in the city’s parks. “These investments respond to the needs expressed by our residents for many years and I am convinced that the quality of the infrastructures to be installed in our parks will meet their expectations. I predict that they will even go beyond what they expect,” Routhier said in a press release. “In addition to improving existing facilities, we are making developments in areas where shortcomings were identified, which is extremely important to us.”

New splash pads covering a minimum surface area of 3,200 square feet (300m2) were also installed in Alfred-Dorais Park (Primeau Blvd.), Philippe-Bonneau Park (Craik St.) and Vincent Park (de Carillon St.) — each with a different theme. Each splash pad represents a $625,000 investment amounting to a total of $2.5 million.

Things to note:
  • A wheelchair-accessible porta-potty is located near the playground.
  • The play areas are on sand.
  • There is no shade over the playground or splash pad, but there is a large shade structure over a trio of picnic tables and one lone tree near the splash pad.
  • There is no fencing but the playground and water area are set back from the road.
Elmridge Park

Address: 140 Elmridge St., Châteauguay, J6J 3N8
Parking: Street parking is available on the surrounding streets.
Hours of operation: Every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Press the (three) sensors to turn on the different areas. The water will go off automatically.
Bathroom facility: During the summer months, a wheelchair-accessible porta-potty is located near the playground.

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