The City of Burlington has declared the Month of June to be the Month of Play! It’s a time of year to gather our communities together and celebrate the return of summer and encourage residents to get outside and enjoy the many parks, outdoor spaces, playfields and recreation play experiences that support active living and healthy lifestyle for all ages, abilities and cultures.
Play is not just for children
Our society tends to dismiss play for adults. Play is perceived as unproductive, petty or even a guilty pleasure. The notion is that once we reach adulthood, it’s time to get serious. And with our busy lifestyles, there is’t much time left for play.
The benefits of play and spending time in the great outdoors with nature can have some incredibly positive effects on your overall health. In fact, there is a direct link between connecting with nature and happiness. As nature-connectedness increases, so does mood, brain function, longevity and life satisfaction.
Connecting with nature also improves our memory, helps us recover from illness and even makes our sense of smell more acute.
So, as we celebrate the Month of June we encourage you and your entire family, all ages, to Get Outside & Play.
Six outdoor play destinations you must go to this summer
1. Mountainside Pool and Splash Park – Mountainside Park – Nature Trails (2205 Mount Royal Dr.)
Plan to spend the entire afternoon enjoying the warm summer sunshine. No shortage of extreme fun! Mountainside Pool and Splash Park features a 50-metre outdoor pool, a one-metre diving board, a double-loop waterslide, shade structures and a splash park. The park area features two playgrounds, skateboard park, a basketball court and nature trails. No need to pack a lunch, the indoor/outdoor concession area at Mountainside Community Centre is a great place to grab a bite to eat. You can check out the virtual tour of the community centre and park on the city’s website.
2. Nelson Pool and Splash Park – Nelson Park – Centennial Multipurpose Trail (4235 New St.)
Located in south-central Burlington, Nelson Pool and Splash Park features a newly renovated (2017) 50-metre outdoor pool with beach entry, climbing wall, diving boards, splash park featuring jets, small animal spray features and a gigantic tipping bucket to provide “splashtacular” fun for the entire family all summer long. The outdoor pool and splash park is located within Nelson Park which also provides several other play experiences including: children’s playground, skateboard area, baseball diamonds, basketball court, tennis courts (note: membership required), BMX dirt bike park. The park is easily accessible to Centennial Trail, a paved multipurpose trail that runs, completely off–road across all of Burlington from Spencer Smith Park to Burloak Drive.
3. LaSalle Pool and Splash Park – LaSalle Park – Nature Trails (50 North Shore Blvd.)
Situated on Burlington’s lakefront in the Aldershot community, LaSalle Park offers and a variety of picturesque areas including the waterfront area, nature trails and open green space. The park is home to the historic pavilion that was rebuilt to its original architectural form in 1997 after a fire destroyed it. The park is a great location for a family picnic. Bring your towels and bathing suits as this park offers a wading pool with splash park that is simply perfect for the little ones to play in. Other features of the park include: two ball diamonds, boat launch ramp, marina, bocce ball court and a playground.
All outdoor pools and splash parks are open daily for unlimited access to recreational swimming from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for $4.40/person. Twilight rate after 5 p.m. for $3.05. Please check the recreational swim schedule on the city’s website before you head out.
4. Hidden Valley Park and Spray Pad (1137 Hidden Valley Rd.)
Tucked away in a valley in the Aldershot community, Hidden Valley Park is a beautiful park featuring picnic tables, playground and recently added spray pad where kids can play and stay cool on a hot summer day. Hidden Valley Park is also home to Burlington’s Model Railway Club. For the nature lovers, you will want to bring your hiking shoes; Hidden Valley’s nature trails will make you feel that you are miles away in the wild – helping to forget that the city is just minutes away.
5. Lowville Park (6207 Guelph Line)
Travel north on Guelph Line to the Lowville community and this beautiful rural park where you’ll be transported back in time. Lowville Park is another perfect location for a family picnic, featuring Bronte Creek, nature trails, dense vegetation, suspended iron bridge, an old stone, one room school house and children’s playground. Don’t forget to bring your frisbee, football, soccer ball etc. There is an abundant amount of open green space to take a fresh breath and simply just play.
6. The Beachway, Discovery Landing and Burlington Rotary Centennial Pond (1100 Lakeshore Rd.)
It’s the place where Burlington comes to enjoy sun, sand and scenery. With 6.8 acres of park space and two kilometres of lakeside trails, an outdoor pavilion, playground and seasonal concession, there is plenty to do and see at The Beachway.
For the weekend warrior or adventure seeker there are many active options – cycling, running, rollerblading and lake swimming or try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding, one of the many activities offered by Burlington Beach Rentals located on the strip in a historic Pump House built in the early 1900’s. The Dofasco Waterjet Plaza and Playground is around the corner and the Rotary Centennial Pond is a great place to sail your model boat.
In the mood for a more relaxing pace? The Beachway is the perfect spot for a quiet stroll along a picturesque shore – build sandcastles, bird watch or simply take in the views and bask in an inspirational sunrise or golden sunset.
To learn more about the many outdoor play locations or recreation experiences offered throughout the city, visit www.burlington.ca/play.
Take the 30/60 Play Challenge for Chance to WIN.
Get Outside and Play by taking the 30/60 Play Challenge. You don’t have to be 30 or 60 years old, any age can play and you will learn more about the many recreational play experiences the city has to offer. Join in the fun by completing 30 activities in 60 days. When you complete 30 activities, you are automatically entered into a draw for 30 prize packages consisting of $50 play gift card redeemable for any registered program, drop-in programs from City of Burlington and Play swag.
There will be one grand prize winner to the group/family that collects the most points. Prize package consists of four FitBits, $250 recreation gift card and variety of Play swag. Contest Opens June 3 and closes July 31, 2018.
All information about the contest including contest rules regulations and how to download the contest app is available on the website. Learn more about the Play Challenge at burlington.ca/playoutside.