The Halifax Commons Playground was one of my favourites as a kid. Of course, it's completely changed since then but just being in the space takes me back. Does anyone else remember that spaceship/rocket type of climber? And the teeter totters...and those carousels that you had to hang onto for dear life or you'd go flying off onto your head...ahhh, the good old days lol
We were downtown last weekend and thought we'd add a stop to this playground as my kids had never been there before. It was windy and cold, but the sun was strong so we chanced it and were happy we did.
I think it's safe to say there's something for all ages at this playground and it's covers a good amount of space so even if there's a bit crowd there, there are plenty of things to keep everyone busy.
It has two baby swings and a nice toddler structure with climbing spaces, stairs, a tunnel, smaller ladders, and a few slides, accessible enough so that even the littlest adventurers can get to things independently.
A set of four "big kid" swings are nicely set back from everything else and are at the farthest point from the toddler/baby area, which I like to see as it limits the likelihood of a little one getting kicked in the head by an enthusiasticly swinging kid.
And, yes, this playground is close to several busy streets but, as you can see from the photo of the swings, there's a good chunk of grass between the equipment and the road so you should have time to grab your wee one before they get too close to the street.
The play truck and the big structure were hits with my kids. They immediately pretended the big structure was their house and the truck was in their driveway and a dramatic play sesh evolved out of this - my favourite thing to see happen while at the playground!
This colourful climber was the most challenging structure on the playground for my kids. My 6yo attempted it but quickly abandoned it. It essentially twists upside down so you need to keep climbing around it . . . I guess? I couldn't conquer it either lol I'm sure she'll try it again next time and perhaps then she'll figure it out.
Yays and Nays from Miss M and Mr M
Miss M (6.5 years old) said her favourite part was pretending the big structure was a house with her brother; her least favourite part was the twisty multi-coloured climber.
Mr M (4.5 years old) said his favourite part was "driving" the play car; and his least favourite part was the wobbly bridge in the big structure . . . although, he amended his review to add that after he went on the bridge a couple times he loved it.
The Halifax Commons playground is located at 5824 Cogswell Street, Halifax. It's near the Willow Street intersection and the hospital; kitty corner to the Atlantica Hotel; and across the road from the Common Roots community garden.
PLAYGROUND FEATURES AND AMENITIES
- Three main play structures (one toddler specific) with several slide options
- Four "big kid" swings
- Two baby swings
- Climbing/play jeep
- Multi-colour twisty climber* (*that is likely not the official term)
- Small climbing wall
- Large climbing net
- No fence between playground and very busy roads, but a decent amount of grass area separates them
- Public bathrooms available at the Oval Pavilion when it's open
- Minimal amount of shaded areas on the playground, but there is a little grove of trees close by for play breaks
- Limited free and metered street parking surrounding the playground (check for days/time restrictions)
- Outdoor pool and splash pad/spray park (seasonal)
- The rest of the Commons area has tennis courts, baseball fields, the Oval (for skating/biking depending on season)
- Dogs are allowed on leash
- Multiple garbage/recycling disposal units