A hidden oasis in the heart of the City
A few years ago, there was some excitement in the news about the completion of construction on the playground and wading pool in Central Park, so I took my boys to check it out. I have to tell you, they were impressed and so was I! They loved the slides on the hill, I’ve heard these are going to be iced over in the winter for tobogganing, but they worked just fine for sliding. We didn’t spend a lot of time on the play-structure because the boys were distracted by the water. Next to the play-structure there is a water table and a pump. Alex worked hard pumping the water, then Tyler turned an auger to bring the water up into a trough. Once the water was high enough, they would open the floodgates and watch the water flow into a little river. I can see kids loving this part of the park, especially since most families in the area live in apartments and don’t have the opportunity for rainy days in the backyard. In the middle of the park you will find a sunken soccer field with artificial turf, there was a game being played on the day we were in the Park.
The wading pool is the best I’ve seen so far in Winnipeg! There are sprayers everywhere! There is water shooting up from the cement surrounding the pool, coming up from purple islands in the middle of the pool and sprinkling down from giant yellow sunflowers over head! There is also a spray tunnel and 3 waterguns that reach pretty far. The pool has a waterfall into the pool from the roof of the washroom building. The pool has wavy sides and 2 beach type entries on either end so little kids can enter and exit easily. When the kids get tired of the water, they can play on the spinning chairs. The pool area itself is fenced and has lots of seating, including benches and picnic tables under the big shade trees. Central Park has been cleaned up, the Cadets were seen patrolling the Park and I’ve been told there are security guards at night to keep it clean. The people I spoke to are very happy with the changes to Central Park.
Oh, did you know Central Park is in a residential area of downtown? That means there is 2 hours of free parking on the street, and even if you don’t find a free spot, I think the parking fee is worth it.
Have you tried a new wading pool lately? Which one and what did you think of it? Leave a comment here and let other parents know where to take there kids!