Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Toronto Playground Review: Huron-Washington Parkette

Huron-Washington Parkette is located at, as you might expect, Huron Street and Washington Avenue in Toronto. It's one of the closer playgrounds to where I live and so I've gone here quite a few times with my son.

One thing that differentiates this playground from many other is the fact that the ground is entirely covered in sand. Some other playgrounds have wood chips, mulch, foam tiles or various other soft materials to protect the kids, but Huron-Washington Parkette is all sand.

This is a good thing and a bad thing.

It's good because my son loves sand. He's currently 19 months old and playing in sand is one of his favourite things. (As is attempting to eat sand, but we'll get to that another day....)

However, since there's sand all over the place in the playground, expect to have sand all over your home later on (and in your kid's stroller, and shoes, and clothes, and diaper, and... you get it.)

As for the actual playground, there's lots to do there for kids of various ages. There are some good slides, some swings and some fun climbing equipment. There is also a little metal car for kids to sit in (with TWO steering wheels - to avoid fights) as well as a bouncing lady bug/rocking "horse"  that my son likes.

Depending on the time of day, it may be somewhat crowded in Huron-Washington Parkette, but it's a big enough park and there's enough to do there that you should be fine on most days.

One of the biggest downsides, however, is that there's basically no shade in the playground area itself. That means it gets quite hot in the summer, so keep this in mind. There is, however, a decent seating area in the parkette, away from the playground, that has some trees, so you can sit there to eat lunch or a snack or just to take a break.

Overall, it's a very good park. It's completely fenced in, so kids can run free. Huron Street itself is a relatively quiet street, so you won't be bothered by too much traffic.

I'd certainly recommend this downtown Toronto playground for anyone who is in in the area and is looking for a good place to play with their kids.

Huron-Washington Parkette Photos:

Huron-Washington Parkette: Downtown Toronto Park 1

Huron-Washington Parkette: Downtown Toronto Park 2

Huron-Washington Parkette: Downtown Toronto Park 3

Huron-Washington Parkette: Downtown Toronto Park 4

Huron-Washington Parkette Info:
420 Huron St,
Toronto, ON
M5S 2G5

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