Playground Review – Martindale Park

Lots of space, but watch out for the swamp creatures! Martindale Park is located in a wonderful spot. It’s smack dab in the middle of a thriving and well-established residential part of town just south and east of the Trafalgar and Upper Middle intersection. The park is large and backs onto the main campus of Sheridan College. That means the area has a great mix of people of all ages which makes for a healthy Playbourhood atmosphere.The play area has the standard array of equipment grouped into two sizes for little ones and the slightly older kids. The play surface is pebble. There’s also plenty of open space for free play and fun – I have no doubt that with the new school year underway, it won’t be long before we see a game or two of pick up ultimate being played by some of the college students who live nearby. If you’re bringing your little ones, note the lack of shade. One of the best drawing features of the park is also the biggest potential hazard. There is a drainage ditch running along the back end of the park. It’s a lovely feature with reeds and “swampy” water there that will certainly provide endless entertainment for those kids who want to look for frogs and other slimy creatures. Of course, that can also be a bit of a danger if the younger kids get a little too close. Luckily, it isn’t a deep or expansive area, so the real danger will be the challenge of getting the muddy stains out of the kids clothes!

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