HAPPY – Play gives us pleasure.
At play, we are all happy. Unburdened by consciousness or self-consciousness, we are caught in the moment. In the present time we are content in the pure happiness of just being. It refreshes us and recharges us. It restores our optimism. It changes our perspective, stimulating creativity.
As children we do it naturally and as adults we sometimes need a little more encouragement to be in the moment!
Our children teach us the importance of unstructured play and how to simply be in the moment by purely jumping on a swing, flying a kite, playing in the sand, kicking a ball around, playing fetch with your dog and hide and seek.
Parks and open spaces are great places to simply just be. The good news is there are oodles of parks to explore and enjoy right here in Burlington!
Picnics in the Park
And what could be a better way to get out and be in the moment and enjoy some quality playtime than by going on a picnic? Getting out in nature, enjoying some company and some delicious food will certainly begin to set you up to be swept away and just be.
When deciding on the perfect picnic location, be sure to consider the on-site amenities and especially what other types of play experiences there are for you to do on your picnic. Is there a playfield, splash pad or beach? Is there a hiking or biking trail or a waterfall to explore?
The City of Burlington offers a number to beautiful picnic parks that can be reserved ahead of time for your perfect picnic experience.
Hidden Valley (1137 Hidden Valley Road): Tucked away in a valley in the Aldershot community, this picnic park includes: 6 picnic areas for groups from 1-250 including wheelchair accessible picnic table area; ball diamonds, rain shelter, playground and picturesque nature trails to explore. Coming later this year, the park will feature a new Splash Pad for picnickers to enjoy. Hidden Valley Park is also home to Burlington’s Model Train Railway Club.
LaSalle Park (50 North Shore Boulevard): Situated on Burlington’s lakefront in the Aldershot community, LaSalle Park offers an extensive picnic area. There is also aplayground, picturesque walking trails, sports field, wading pool and splash pad that was updated this year to include expanded concrete deck and shade structures to take refuge from the sun. The park’s shoreline is dedicated to fish and wildlife habitat restoration that visitors to the park are welcome to explore!
Lowville Park (6207 Guelph Line): Go north on Guelph Line and you will drive right into the Lowville community where you will find this beautiful rural park. The park takes you back to an earlier time with many features for your perfect picnic play experience. With Bronte Creek meandering throughout the park, children can skip stones and catch crayfish. There are nature trails through dense vegetation, a mature forest to explore and lovely views of the surrounding farmland.
A suspended iron bridge connecting sections of the park will lead you to 5 picnic areas, baseball diamonds, and rain shelter and playground equipment. An old stone one room schoolhouse is also within the park and an interesting place to visit. It is definitely worth the drive to Lowville!
Picnickers are invited to bring their own hibachi or portable barbeques to Burlington’s picnic parks; however, it is important to note that no open fires are permitted in any Burlington parks. Picnic season reservation begins in January of each year and it is never too late inquire about availability. You can complete the application form . To find out more information simply call (905)335-7738 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with one of our customer service representative who will provide you with all the information you need to know about how to book your picnic.
Another way to just be in the moment is to sit back an enjoy music in the park. While the Sound of Music Festival is over, Burlington offers a concert in the park series at the Central Park bandshell Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons all summer long! Our schedule showcases a variety of music for all ages. Don’t forget to bring along a blanket or lawn chair and your picnic while you sit back and enjoy the music.
School’s out this Friday and just in time for the summer fun to begin you’ll note that on the Play Calendar Nelson Pool is open for the summer beginning June 27 and another great place to go for a picnic! The pool area offers a shaded grassy picnic area,50 meter heated outdoor pool, 2 x 1 meter diving boards, fun slide, wading pool, kids interactive splash pad, children’s play area, and community change rooms. A swimming schedule is available on the City of Burlington website swimming page for you to find out when swim time are and don’t forget to check out the Live and Play on-line guide to find out about all the swimming lessons that are being offered. Aside from swimming, just outside the pool area, Nelson park offers a brand new Skateboard Park and there is also a BMX bike track for you to enjoy! The park is also connected to various playfields and a mutli use pathway where you can go for a walk, bike, run, skip or stroll.
Take the time to just be. Today and every day.
Get out for a picnic and explore anyone of the many parks that Burlington has to offer.
CONGRATULATIONS to Larrisa Byj and Chantelle Davis for winning a $100 Burlington Parks and Recreation Gift Certificate in Week 1 and 2. You too can WIN by sharing how you play with us. Submit your “Play” entry on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #LivePlay (Hashtag)! Weekly draws for twelve consecutive weeks for your chance to win! See contest rules and regulations on www.burlington.ca/play.