Last year, I reviewed Myrtle Park in Deep Cove, which is a park I grew up visiting that had changed very little. During the off-season, the park was given an upgrade, and I recently went back to check it out. Having a new spray park is an exciting thing, after all.
Myrtle Park retained its “big kids” playground area, removing the older play structure AND the swings area, adding in more green space and a new splash area. While not exactly to the concept drawings, the revised park is still quite nice. Still, I feel like the park got more of an aesthetic upgrade than an actual PLAY upgrade. The AWESOME swing set was removed and replaced with a tiny baby swing set, no big kid swings, and one of the swing rockers that I’m not the biggest fan of. The splash pad is nice, great for small kids, but it’s not as interesting as the older version.
Nestled in a tree-surrounded wedge in the Boulevard / Calverhall neighbourhood area, off E 11th Street and Drayton Street, is a lovely little park. Michael Park boasts a beautiful shady park with a huge grassy area and lots of trees for climbing, plus a decent play structure and two swing sets (surprising!).
The park is partially fenced, which helps deter ‘runners’ from escaping, but cannot be relied on for determined toddlers. The kids played here quite contentedly for an hour and a half – until everyone had to use the bathroom (of which there wasn’t one, of course!).
No visit to Maplewood Farm would be complete without a stop at the adjacent playground. Maplewood Farm Playground is a gated playground at the South end of the parking lot.
(District of North Vancouver Photo)
There was some discussion in 2012 about relocating the Maplewood playground, allowing the farm to increase its on-site parking options. At the same time, the playground could be updated, possibly with a farm theme. As yet, those plans have not come to pass.
For now, the playground features a newer play area and an older play structure with classic wood construction, plus two swing set areas. I would say the park appeals to the 1-6 age group the most, as there are not many challenging climbing structures, but it’s a decent playground and helps extend your visit to the Farm with some more energy burning fun!
Princess Park is an extensive park covering 15 hectares in the Upper Lonsdale area. The playground is separated into two distinct areas, one an ‘antique’ climbing structure and swings, the other a gated playground that appeals to both younger and older children. Gated playgrounds are rare, but in this instance it’s very useful, as the park is very popular for dog walking and dogs are not permitted on North Vancouver playgrounds.
The park has an extensive forested area that you can explore (trees and stumps to climb!), a somewhat-in-need-of-repair picnic shelter area, as well as a bathroom. There are trails that lead off of the playground area, plus a little river, which we’ll need to return to explore on a subsequent visit.
The gated area features a few climbing challenges for older kids, but is geared primarily to younger children. The smallest play structure is perfect for toddlers and it’s the only park I’ve ever been to where the sound tube was actually functional! Most of the time, if you look at the bottom of the sound tube pole, there is no pipe installed underground to connect the pieces, rendering that part of the playground useless. Was pretty neat to play with.
I also found a review of this park on YouTube, which offers a more detailed look at Princess Park:
You can access the playgrounds at Princess Park by entering off of Princess Avenue.
Sherwood Park is a little neighbourhood playground with a huge green space that offers a far better playground than you would imagine. This park, not far off Mt. Seymour Parkway, on the way down to Deep Cove, was updated a few years ago and features an easy-to-climb toddler section with stairs as well as more advanced climbing features for older children.
The park also boasts a set of swings, though no washroom facilities.