5 must PLAY locations – fun for the entire family.
Summer is in full swing and now is the perfect time of year to get outside and experience the many beautiful parks the City of Burlington offers for all to enjoy. Recent research conducted by ParticipACTION has shared that “kids are more physically active when they play outside and are 3 more times likely to meet Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines.” So, now that school is out and the summer breeze is in the air – there is no excuse for the entire family to get outside and play. You don’t need to go far. Burlington offers many beautiful parks and open spaces all within city limits. Many of you will be familiar with Spencer Smith Park, home to Burlington’s many festivals and events or, your local neighbourhood park that is within a quick walk from your front door. We thought we would share 5 city parks that you may not be so familiar with.
- Mountainside Recreation Centre and Park (2205 Mount Royal Drive)
Plan to spend the entire afternoon enjoying the warm summer sunshine. No shortage of extreme fun! Mountainside Recreation Centre features a 50-meter outdoor pool that was recently ranked #2 best outdoor pool in GTA by Today’s Parent. The outdoor pool features a 1 metre diving board, a double loop waterslide, shade structures, and a splash park. The park area features two playgrounds, skateboard park, a basketball hoop court and nature trails. No need to pack a lunch, the indoor/outdoor concession area at Mountainside Recreation Centre is a great place to grab a bite to eat. You can check out the virtual tour of the recreation centre and park on the City’s website. Admission to the pool for recreational swimming is just $2.92 (+tax). Check the recreational swim schedule on the city’s website before you head out.
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 completely 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 pad that is simply perfect for the little ones to play in. Other features of the park include: two ball diamonds, boat launch ramp, marina, bocci ball court and playground.
Tucked away in a valley in the Aldershot community, Hidden Valley Park is a beautiful park featuring picnic tables, playground and recently added splash 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.
- 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. 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.
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 Beachway Park.
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 Park and Playground is right 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? 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.