Diamond Jubilee Park ~ Splash Pad Review

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We are keen on soaking up some sun this Summer, while staying cool at the same time – and what better way to do this then hitting up the local splash pad?!

We always seem to end up at the same few splash pads, not necessarily because they are the BEST ones, but honestly because they are familiar {I know how to get there, where to park, etc…}. So to keep things fresh, we are on a mission to explore and discover the splash pads of West Ottawa this Summer. We will be checking-out at least one new one every week and reporting back here with our most and least favourite things they had to offer. Come along for the ride, as we travel the world of Splash Pad excitement!

      This week we made a pit stop at a newer splash pad and park in Findlay Creek. It would have been a trek if we weren’t already out that way, but I’m so glad we checked it out. It’s a new favourite for sure!

Location: Located off of Bank Street at 2810 Findlay Creek Drive. There is a parking lot, an adjacent skate park, gazebo, picnic tables and lots to do!

Featuring: An awesome splash pad with lots of neat features – showers, animal squirting cannons, sprayers, fountains, misting archway, water dome and jets. The ground is also more spongy than a typical splash pad surface, which was really great for running and jumping on (especially for barefooted Mr Man and newly toddling Baby Girl!).

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The two play structures also offered many opportunities for climbing, sliding, swinging and playing!

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How to turn the water on: By holding your palm over the silver sensor on the red flower post.

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Most Favourite: While the kids really enjoyed the splash pad, the biggest smiles of the day were found on the swings! There are two baby swings and 2 accessible swings.

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This Momma absolutely loved this ASL alphabet board over on the play structure, too!

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Least Favourite: Little Momma enjoyed the squirting animals, as long as they were not aimed at her…Mr Man felt the same 😉

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Verdict: { 5 out of 5 stars} ∗∗∗∗∗

See our other Splash Pad Reviews:

Huntley Centennial (Carp)

Citiplace

Bandmaster Park

Andrew Haydon Park

Bluegrass Park

Centrepointe Park

Riverside Park

Brookshire Park

Richcraft Park

Walden Park

Water Dragon Park

Water Dragon Park ~ Splash Pad Review

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We are keen on soaking up some sun this Summer, while staying cool at the same time – and what better way to do this then hitting up the local splash pad?!

We always seem to end up at the same few splash pads, not necessarily because they are the BEST ones, but honestly because they are familiar {I know how to get there, where to park, etc…}. So to keep things fresh, we are on a mission to explore and discover the splash pads of West Ottawa this Summer. We will be checking-out at least one new one every week and reporting back here with our most and least favourite things they had to offer. Come along for the ride, as we travel the world of Splash Pad excitement!


This week we took a little trip as a fam to Water Dragon Park in Barrhaven.

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Location: Located in the heart of Barrhaven at 424 Chapman Mills Drive. This park is also known as Chapman Mills Main Street Park, not to be confused with Chapman Mills Park (which is not on Chapman Mills ;P). There is plenty of parking right beside the park, as well as a shaded gazebo with a picnic table and benches too!

Featuring: A wonderful and diverse play area, that was great for kids of all ages! A giant, climbable dragon, as well as two play structures, with a variety of slides, climbers and swinging bars.

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There were also interactive play ares and bouncy animals for the younger crowd; a cool rock climbing wall and swings, too!

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The splash pad also carries on the dragon theme, with a huge, green dragon that pours water from its snout and tail! There are also a number of ground fountains and four big, red buckets dumping water on the heads of those brave enough to stand under! The run-off water does create a slippery mud pit just beyond the dragon’s tail so beware!

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How to turn the water on: By stepping on the copper-coloured metal circle sensor, located along the edge of the splash pad near the dragon’s head. We haven’t seen this type of sensor before, but the kids thought it was great (and so did I!).

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Most Favourite: Mr Man enjoyed filling buckets with water from the dragon tail, which sprays out in a few spots with lower pressure. He then liked to use said buckets to splash Daddy – better him then me!

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Little Momma was much more into climbing than splashing today. She has become very dedicated and focused on mastering every climber we come across this summer!!

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Least Favourite: While still not brave enough ourselves, we have graduated to watching the dumping buckets soak others, and this time Mr Man tried hard to have Daddy go under 😉

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Verdict: { 4 out of 5 stars} ∗∗∗∗

 

See our other Splash Pad Reviews:

Huntley Centennial (Carp)

Citiplace

Bandmaster Park

Andrew Haydon Park

Bluegrass Park

Centrepointe Park

Riverside Park

Brookshire Park

Richcraft Park

Walden Park

Walden Park ~ Splash Pad Review

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We are keen on soaking up some sun this Summer, while staying cool at the same time – and what better way to do this then hitting up the local splash pad?!

We always seem to end up at the same few splash pads, not necessarily because they are the BEST ones, but honestly because they are familiar {I know how to get there, where to park, etc…}. So to keep things fresh, we are on a mission to explore and discover the splash pads of West Ottawa this Summer. We will be checking-out at least one new one every week and reporting back here with our most and least favourite things they had to offer. Come along for the ride, as we travel the world of Splash Pad excitement!


We have now also visited the splash pad at Walden Park in Kanata Lakes.

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Photo Cred: Wayne Hylarides

 Location: Close to the Kanata Centrum at 243 Walden Drive in Kanata. There’s a parking lot adjacent to the park, a walking trail and lots of shade and sitting areas.

Featuring: The park had lots to offer, there are two great play structures that appeal to kids of all ages.

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A great big sandy area which encloses the smaller of the play structures, two bouncy ride-ons and lots of space for sand-play and castle building.

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The splash pad is very simple and ideal for the younger, more hesitant crowd! It has two circular misters, a few fountains, sprayers and instead of dumping buckets the tall post has three dripping shower heads.

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How to turn the water on: By pressing the black sensor on the blue post – it beeps for some added entertainment too 😉

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Most Favourite: Both kids love running through the ‘tunnel’ fountains and would hover and wait excitedly for them to come back on during each cycle.

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Least Favourite: Both kids faced some frustrations this week as they attempted to overcome their hesitancy, Mr Man with the pouring shower posts and Little Momma with the climbing web! Although the result was a dose of whining and pouting, it always makes me proud to see them pushing their limits on their own time 🙂

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Verdict: { 4 out of 5 stars} ∗∗∗∗

See our other Splash Pad Reviews:

Huntley Centennial (Carp)

Citiplace

Bandmaster Park

Andrew Haydon Park

Bluegrass Park

Centrepointe Park

Riverside Park

Brookshire Park

Richcraft Park

Richcraft Park ~ Splash Pad Review

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We are keen on soaking up some sun this Summer, while staying cool at the same time – and what better way to do this then hitting up the local splash pad?!

We always seem to end up at the same few splash pads, not necessarily because they are the BEST ones, but honestly because they are familiar {I know how to get there, where to park, etc…}. So to keep things fresh, we are on a mission to explore and discover the splash pads of West Ottawa this Summer. We will be checking-out at least one new one every week and reporting back here with our most and least favourite things they had to offer. Come along for the ride, as we travel the world of Splash Pad excitement!


We spent a fun morning with some friends exploring a new splash pad, at RICHCRAFT PARK in Kanata North.

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Location: Just off of Terry Fox Drive in Kanata at 4101 Innovation Drive. The park and splash pad are located at the back of the recreation complex, on the left side (opposite the skate park). There is lots of parking available out front, as well as washrooms, change rooms, water fountains and vending machines located inside. Be prepared: between city camps, location and novelty, it was VERY busy.

Featuring: There is a small gazebo, picnic tables, benches and bike racks between the park and the rec complex. There are also two play structures and a swing set (not pictured). The larger structure had lots of climbers, swinging bars, a bridge and a few slides, as well as a big spider web climber.

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The smaller structure was shaded and had 2 slides, a mini-rock wall, a ladder, stepping logs and stairs, allowing lots of options for little explorers!

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Over by the smaller structure there was also a little cafe/restaurant window with benches (for customers, of course!) and 3 bouncy ride-ons.  The play surface is wood chips, which made for interesting mud-pies 😉

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Over at the splash pad there were lots of options, spread out nicely across the pavement, including, a number of fountains, a circular mister, dumping buckets, spraying/dripping flowers, and water squirters.  I thought it was the perfect mix for older and younger kids, alike!

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How to turn the water on: There’s a button on the green stem on the side of the big flower sprayer.

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Most Favourite: There was a definite tie between the little toadstool/mushroom fountain (which was great for filling buckets) and the ground fountains (which every kid took turns trying to sit on! 😀 )

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Least Favourite: Once again the dumping buckets, although Mr Man is beginning to get closer!

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Verdict: {5 out of 5 stars} ∗∗∗∗∗

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See our other Splash Pad Reviews:

Huntley Centennial (Carp)

Citiplace

Bandmaster Park

Andrew Haydon Park

Bluegrass Park

Centrepointe Park

Riverside Park

Brookshire Park

Brookshire Park ~ Splash Pad Review

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We are keen on soaking up some sun this Summer, while staying cool at the same time – and what better way to do this then hitting up the local splash pad?!

We always seem to end up at the same few splash pads, not necessarily because they are the BEST ones, but honestly because they are familiar {I know how to get there, where to park, etc…}. So to keep things fresh, we are on a mission to explore and discover the splash pads of West Ottawa this Summer. We will be checking-out at least one new one every week and reporting back here with our most and least favourite things they had to offer. Come along for the ride, as we travel the world of Splash Pad excitement!


We spent another HOT morning visiting a great little gem of splash pad, BROOKSHIRE PARK in Kanata.

Location: Just off of March Road at 1035 Klondike Road in Kanata North. There is a fair sized parking lot and it’s tucked in nicely away from the road.

Featuring: A basketball court, soccer field, gazebo, benches.

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Swings and a central sand box (seeing as the park area is woodchips ;p).

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A great playground with lots of spinners and two play structures.

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The smaller structure is great for younger kids, with slides and small scale climbers.

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The larger one had lots of variety for climbing, swinging, playing and sliding.

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Over at the splash pad there were fountains and misting circles,

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and smaller spraying fountains in the ground. As well as a shower and water pump (pictured below!).

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How to turn the water on: By pushing the button on the red post.

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Most Favourite: Little Momma ran through the misting circles, which was a pretty huge step for her!

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Mr Man loved watching the older boys who were having a water fight with Super Soakers, longing to join in.

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And Baby Girl absolutely loved this red, see-through post. We haven’t seen one before in our splash pad travels; it fills with water and then empties like a vortex as it pumps through, also spraying out near the bottom

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 Least Favourite: Much like the dumping buckets, this big 4-spouted, high-pressure shower was too much for my kiddos!

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Verdict: {4 out of 5 stars} ∗∗∗∗

and we even saw a rainbow!! <3

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See our other Splash Pad Reviews:

Huntley Centennial (Carp)

Citiplace

Bandmaster Park

Andrew Haydon Park

Bluegrass Park

Centrepointe Park

Riverside Park

Riverside Park ~ Splash Pad Review

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We are keen on soaking up some sun this Summer, while staying cool at the same time – and what better way to do this then hitting up the local splash pad?!

We always seem to end up at the same few splash pads, not necessarily because they are the BEST ones, but honestly because they are familiar {I know how to get there, where to park, etc…}. So to keep things fresh, we are on a mission to explore and discover the splash pads of West Ottawa this Summer. We will be checking-out at least one new one every week and reporting back here with our most and least favourite things they had to offer. Come along for the ride, as we travel the world of Splash Pad excitement!


We spent a beautiful, hot morning visiting an awesome park we love muchly, RIVERSIDE PARK in Carleton Place, a town 20 minutes West of Ottawa.

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Location: Adjacent to the Carleton Place Canoe Club at 179 John Street in Carleton Place.

Featuring: A big parking lot, lots of green space for running and playing and mature trees which provide many shady areas. There are also onsite lifeguards at the first aid station.

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There are 2 awesome play structures down on the beach between the water and the splash pad.

The first is geared towards older children (4+) and features a number of climbers, monkey bars, a tunnel and 2 slides.

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The second is perfect for the younger crew (5 and under) with slides, mini-climbers and tunnels.

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There are also 2 baby swings and 2 ‘big kid’ swings, with a perfect view of the river!

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The splash pad area is split into 2 sections, the first is for the bigger/braver kids, with water sprayers and dumping buckets.

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The second side is for the more hesitant/younger crowd (aka my kids 😉 ), with rows of fountains and misters to run through!

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How to turn the water on: There is a big blue box with 4 buttons, each button activates a different area of the splash pad.

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Most Favourite: Little Momma *finally* scaled a big climber solo. This was a BIG step for my ‘Queen of Caution’!

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And once she had it mastered, she taught her brother how it’s done on the smaller one (oh how quickly they become masters!).

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 Least Favourite: The kids, but Mr Man especially, were disappointed that the beach was closed to swimmers. Not a deal-breaker for me, as we would likely not have gone in anyways! You can always check the beach testing results here, if you’re hoping to swim.

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All in all we had an awesome time. There really is something for everyone here, so pack a lunch and be prepared to spend a couple of hours!

Verdict: {5 out of 5 stars} ∗∗∗∗∗ <I’d even venture to give it 6!>

See our other Splash Pad Reviews:

Huntley Centennial (Carp)

Citiplace

Bandmaster Park

Andrew Haydon Park

Bluegrass Park

Centrepointe Park

 

 

 

 

Centrepointe Park ~ Splash Pad Review

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We are keen on soaking up some sun this Summer, while staying cool at the same time – and what better way to do this then hitting up the local splash pad?!

We always seem to end up at the same few splash pads, not necessarily because they are the BEST ones, but honestly because they are familiar {I know how to get there, where to park, etc…}. So to keep things fresh, we are on a mission to explore and discover the splash pads of West Ottawa this Summer. We will be checking-out at least one new one every week and reporting back here with our most and least favourite things they had to offer. Come along for the ride, as we travel the world of Splash Pad excitement!


This week we spent a sunny morning visiting a “new to us” park,

CENTREPOINTE SPLASH PAD in Ottawa.

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Location: 114 Centrepointe Drive. Nestled into a cute Ottawa neighbourhood, this park was easy to find and had a big parking lot solely for the park and its paths. Being in such an established community, there were also lots of other families and children for my kids to interact and play with!

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Featuring: Many big trees and green space, that provide lots of great spots for throwing down a blanket (and everything else you bring along….please tell me it’s not just me!).

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Washrooms were available onsite. They weren’t the cleanest, but the toilets flush, there were sinks and even a change table!

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First we checked out the play structures. There is a smaller, shaded structure with a few slides and lots of options for climbing up.

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The smaller structure attaches to a big slide via some fun stepping stones.

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There were also ladders, rope climbers, swings, a tire swing, a balance beam, gymnastics bars and hanging-ring monkey bars.

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  After all that fun, we headed over to the splash pad, which also had so many great features! Among them, fountains, sprayers, a shower and dumping bucket. 

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Many of these were shaped like fun and colourful plants and animals, which was seriously cute!

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How to turn the water on: By placing your hand on the black sensor button on top of the red post.

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Most Favourite: Little Momma liked the whale’s tail best, although truth be told she’s only worked up the courage to stick her little bum into the water spray {both cute and hilarious to see :P}!

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Mr Man enjoyed the flamingo shower and made quite the fun of filling his hat with water to help stay cool!

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Baby Girl made a few scoots into the water streams, but mostly enjoyed cruising across the fun statue around the splash pad!

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Over at the playground, the two older kids also loved scaling the rope climber to get up to the big slide, over. Our park hopping is really improving their confidence in climbing a variety of structures!

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 Least Favourite: We still haven’t worked up to liking the big dumping bucket, though Mr Man IS getting braver and happily spun the wheel so the water would dump on OTHER kids!

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What a great park – if you’ve yet to visit, it’s a must add to your list of city splash pads to explore. We will definitely be returning!

Verdict: {5 out of 5 stars} ∗∗∗∗∗

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See our other Splash Pad Reviews:

Huntley Centennial (Carp)

Citiplace

Bandmaster Park

Andrew Haydon Park

Bluegrass Park

Bluegrass Park ~ Splash Pad Review

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We are keen on soaking up some sun this Summer, while staying cool at the same time – and what better way to do this then hitting up the local splash pad?!

We always seem to end up at the same few splash pads, not necessarily because they are the BEST ones, but honestly because they are familiar {I know how to get there, where to park, etc…}. So to keep things fresh, we are on a mission to explore and discover the splash pads of West Ottawa this Summer. We will be checking-out at least one new one every week and reporting back here with our most and least favourite things they had to offer. Come along for the ride, as we travel the world of Splash Pad excitement!


We spent a lovely morning visiting one of our all-time favourites, BLUEGRASS SPLASH PAD in Kanata

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Location: 199 Bridgestone Drive in Bridlewood. There is street parking available on Bridgestone or you can also park in the parking lot of Bridlewood Community Elementary School on Bluegrass Drive (park close to the outdoor rink and walk up the little path).

Featuring: The splash pad itself has a number of sprayers and fountains, an aquadome, an archway and 2 buckets that fill and dump at regular intervals, which are laid out nicely on an area of pavement. One downfall: the run-off from the splash pad flows into some of the surrounding grass causing one large puddle, which can get pretty muddy (good thing kids are washable!).

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 There’s an excellent park adjacent to the splash pad with climbers, slides, monkey bars and sand, as well as some separate swings in behind the splash pad.

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There is also lots of grassy area to throw down a blanket, some benches and a little gazebo with a picnic table.

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How to turn the water on: By placing your hand on top of the silver button on the yellow fire hydrant. But be warned, there are sprayers on the hydrant that turn on when activated, so run…or be prepared to get wet!

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Most Favourite: All 3 littles were happy to have sand to play in at the park!

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Both Little Momma and Baby Girl enjoyed the smaller ground sprayers and fountains best. Little Momma also liked *watching* the little aquadome on the red post which she dubbed, “The Jellyfish”!

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Mr Man LOVED running through arched spray loop, as the mist is relatively gentle, but he still got VERY wet!

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 Least Favourite: In my opinion this park lacks washrooms (just means we bring along a potty!) and the shade isn’t ideal, but the gazebo makes up for it!

The littles couldn’t care less about the potty situation or the shade, they however, are not the biggest fans of the big dumping buckets. A tad too splashy for their liking!

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Verdict: {4 out of 5 stars} ∗∗∗∗

See our other Splash Pad Reviews:

Huntley Centennial (Carp)

Citiplace

Bandmaster Park

Andrew Haydon Park

 

 

 

Huntley Centennial (Carp) ~ Splash Pad Review

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We are keen on soaking up some sun this Summer, while staying cool at the same time – and what better way to do this then hitting up the local splash pad?!

We always seem to end up at the same few splash pads, not necessarily because they are the BEST ones, but honestly because they are familiar {I know how to get there, where to park, etc…}. So to keep things fresh, we are on a mission to explore and discover the splash pads of West Ottawa this Summer. We will be checking-out at least one new one every week and reporting back here with our most and least favourite things they had to offer. Come along for the ride, as we travel the world of Splash Pad excitement!


Last week we spent a cloudy morning visiting HUNTLEY CENTENNIAL SPLASH PAD in Carp

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 Location: 108 Juanita Avenue in Carp, located just off the main stretch of this cute west end town, with lots of parking in the lots surrounding the fairgrounds. We parked right by the park, which meant it was a bit of a walk over to the splash pad. 

Featuring: A great fenced-in park area, with lots of structures, slides, ride-ons, climbers, diggers and a playhouse to keep kids of all ages engaged! The park did get very busy around 11:00 with some city camps that are run at the community centre.

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The splash pad itself has a great variety of water sprayers, fountains and shooters, laid out nicely on a large paved area.

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There is also an awesome gazebo with big picnic tables and a porta-potty nearby, by the baseball diamond.

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How to turn the water on: By placing your hand on the black sensor button on top of the red hydrant, but be warned, water sprays out the sides!

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Most Favourite: The light and predictable stream of water from the giant daisy was where my littles played the most, but it was the 5 buckets that fill and pour out in a big gush that definitely elicited the best squeals of laughter!

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 Least Favourite: The trek between the park and splash pad made doing both at once impossible and also made lugging all the ‘stuff’ a bit tricky…thank God for friends, especially the kind who let you borrow some stroller space 😉

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Verdict: {4 out of 5 stars} ∗∗∗∗

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See our other Splash Pad Reviews:

Citiplace

Bandmaster Park

Andrew Haydon Park

 

 

 

Citiplace ~ Splash Pad Review

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We are keen on soaking up some sun this Summer, while staying cool at the same time – and what better way to do this then hitting up the local splash pad?!

We always seem to end up at the same few splash pads, not necessarily because they are the BEST ones, but honestly because they are familiar {I know how to get there, where to park, etc…}. So to keep things fresh, we are on a mission to explore and discover the splash pads of West Ottawa this Summer. We will be checking-out at least one new one every week and reporting back here with our most and least favourite things they had to offer. Come along for the ride, as we travel the world of Splash Pad excitement!

Now we have also visited CITIPLACE SPLASH PAD

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Location: 285 Citiplace Drive  ~ conveniently located off of Colonnade, it’s a great place to stop into after running some errands. Parking is readily available on the street, but there is also a lot on Colonnade, where you can park and then walk and/or bike up the path to the park.

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Featuring: Aside from a public washroom, this park seemed to have it all. There are benches, a large gazebo providing shade and a picnic table, as well a, plenty of grass for throwing down a blanket.

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A great park area, with a swing, monkey bars, some jungle-themed climbers and two structures, aimed to please children of all ages!

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The splash pad itself also appeals to children of all ages; with some smaller fountains, larger spurting geysers, a big, circular sprinkler to run through and the big dumping fill-buckets. It is also laid out in such a way that different groups of children can play happily in their comfort zone without being overwhelmed by the water features they are still working up too…this is a HUGE bonus for my Little Momma who is not a big fan of being taken by surprise!

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The park does have the wood chip, mulch, which isn’t my favourite, but they make up for it with a small, separate sandbox for playing and digging.

Best of all, everything is connected in close quarters by interlock (which doubles as a sidewalk chalk canvas), allowing both of my bigger kids to move between activities at their leisure, while I am still able to supervise adequately!

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 How to turn the water on: By placing your hand on the black sensor button on top of the yellow and green post.

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Most Favourite: The big, round sprinkler was Mr Man’s favourite. The spray was light enough that he quickly gained the nerve to run though….and then he just wouldn’t stop!!

Least Favourite: There is only one swing, which not only takes extra long for your turn to come around if it’s busy (it wasn’t), but for a Momma of more than one swing-aged person, it’s nice to multi-task during the swing pushing portion of our park time, and us moms LOVE to multi-task! The only saving grace was that this swing is one of the big, accessible swings, that both my kids are very drawn to (I think it gives them a sense of false-bravado ;)).

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Verdict: {4 out of 5 stars} ∗∗∗∗

See our other Splash Pad Reviews:

Bandmaster Park

Andrew Haydon Park