First things first, the majority of this playground is geared towards elementary-school aged kids – or extremely gifted little climbers. There are some elements any age can do, but most of it is climbing related and very tall (which would be a big fall for a small child).
Now that that’s out of the way, my kids LOVED this spot. My almost eight year old was zipping all over it with no issues. My almost six year old struggled in a few spots but with some guidance he made it over the tricky spots.
This playground has one main structure that’s covered in rope climbers.
One side even has a rock climbing section!
This high wire part is fun for thrill seeking kids!
It also has some natural elements such as this log balance beam which bounces and wiggles as kids walk across it.
A teeter totter made of a log.
And a slide built into the side of a hill.
This wooden mini tunnel was fun to climb through (and pose for cute pictures in).
The climber has all sorts of bonus elements to it such as these vertical climbers that wobble a bit (think the “rope” in gym class but with a bit of extra support).
This slide part was a real hit as well – kids can run up and then slide back down.
There’s also a rope hammock but, gotta be honest, it wasn’t the most comfortable. Maybe next time we’ll bring a blanket to lay on it?
But my favourite things about this, as a parent, is the shaded outdoor patio right beside it. It has plenty of tables and chairs, charging stations for your phone and laptop, and opens right into the local library!
LOCATION AND PARKING
The Dartmouth North Playground is located at 105 Highfield Park Drive in Dartmouth, on the same property as the library and community centre. There is a small parking lot right beside the playground and free parking on the side streets surrounding the playground.
Because of the wood chip surface it is not easily accessible for people with mobility challenges, however the patio and library are accessible.
PLAYGROUND FEATURES AND AMENITIES
One main play structures
No traditional swings
Three vertical rope climbers that wobble around a bit and one rope hammock.
One traditional slide, one huge made of some type of rubber or recycled tires.
Countless climbing options – most involved rope but there’s also a rock climbing section.
Wobbly balance beam
No fence between playground and the road, but there’s a small parking lot between the playground and the road on one side, the library on another, a field on a third, and a street on the fourth. Keep an eye on kids though as it is on quite a busy street, including a bus stop right beside the park.
Closest public bathrooms are in the library or community centre during open hours.
Benches in the open patio.
Zero shade on the actual playground but the patio beside it has lots of shady options for a break.
Ground surface is wood chips.
Adjacent to the Dartmouth North Library and Community Centre; across the street from a Needs convenience store.