93 Birchmount Road at Kingston (just east of Warden)
How to Get Here:
The playground is on the northwest side of the community centre with plenty of parking on lots both adjacent to the playground and the community centre.
Why We Like It:
This is our neighbourhood so that’s a plus.
This is a brand new playground – when we moved in a couple of years ago it was an old metal one – this is a vast improvement!
It’s appropriate for both toddlers and big kids – with a play structure for both.
Drawback: Only ONE baby swing but two big kid swings and one accessible swing.
Very quiet. Lots of benches for you to sit and look on your phone. Although at 11:30 and 3:30 it can get busy when the nursery school lets out.
My favourite! That rubber that has a slight give/bounce to it – so it’s not so bad when your kids trip and fall. As they tend to do . . .
In the community centre
The Birchcliff is just around the corner from the playground at 1666 Kingston Road.
It’s a quaint, bright, well-decorated cafe that is so cozy and a welcome addition to the neighbourhood. It’s owned by a young woman (seriously – I think she is only 21) and she decorated the place herself. My favourite part is all the historical images of the area she has up on the wall.
But the reason I come here is not for the decor but for the incredibly yummy coffee provided by Brothers’ Coffee Roasters. Hands down some of my favourite coffee in the city. Hot in the winter and iced in the summer (naturally). And they always have great seasonal lattes like the violet vanilla spring latte (or something like that).
They have baked goods like croissants and muffins that are pretty standard coffee shop fare. Plus sandwiches and salads that are on the healthy side (like kale super grain lentil etc.) which are great for grabbing and munching on while your kids play.
Hoping to make your playground experience more fun and caffeine fuelled!