The Bedford Lions Park Playground is tucked off of Shore Drive in Bedford, right next to the Bedford Basin, and is a fantastic spot for a summer picnic and playdate!
There's a also a public pool managed by Halifax Recreation and it is open to the public certain times and has a nice wading pool for the wee ones to play in (the pool was being drained and cleaned when I was there so I wasn't able to get a photo of it).
This playground has two main structures. I would say it's primarily aimed at the three plus crowd but toddlers will still have things to explore with a helpful grown-up.
Four belt swings are set back a bit from the main area which is great as it decreases the likelihood of little ones accidentally getting kicked as they toddle around.
Four baby swings are also available on a different swing set.
This playground has stunning views of the Bedford Basin and is basically next door to the Shore Drive Yacht Club which means the kids will get to watch sailboats all day. They may also spot a train while they are coming or going to the playground as the tracks on the other side of Shore Drive still have trains running through them.
Most of the access points to the slides are aimed at kids who are at least three or four however the bigger dinosaur steps on the structure above (the blue and yellow ones on the right hand side of the photo above) will probably be okay for most smaller kids with some help.
My kids love climbing on this dinosaur and pretending to ride him. He doesn't move but he's quite cute and a good challenge to get up on his back! (and, yeah, a great photo opp!)
This park is a wonderful spot to plan for a picnic by the Bedford Basin as part of your playground adventure. There's a good sized grassy area next to the playground, as well as benches, to enjoy a picnic by the sea. Just be cautious as there is no fence between the playground and the water, just a flat cement ledge/wall.
The Bedford Lions Park Playground is located at 277 Shore Drive in Bedford. Head down the Bedford Highway and turn onto Hatchery Lane, across from All Saints Anglican Church and next to Cascades Day Spa; turn right onto Shore Drive and park in the upper parking lot next to the pool.
PLAYGROUND FEATURES AND AMENITIES
- Two main play structures that are for about age three and up; toddlers will still enjoy the slides and swings, however young children will likely need assistance getting up to the top for the slides. The easiest route to get there is the "dinosaur" steps.
- One set of four belt swings
- One set of four baby swings
- Four slides
- Many climbing options including a faux rock wall, "dinosaur" foot steps, twisty ladders and more
- One dinosaur to climb on
- No fence between the playground and the road, but it's on a quiet street and you need to go down a walking path to the playground so it's a good distance away from cars
- Next to the water so you'll need to keep an eye on little ones as there is no fence.
- Public bathrooms/change rooms available only for pool users (need to pay admission to get in as far as I could see)
- Garbage cans (by the pool)
- Some shaded areas on the edges of the playground
- Ground surface is pea gravel and grass
- Medium sized free parking lot at the playground; you will need to walk down the hill on a gravel trail to get to the playground
- Adjacent public pool and wading pool great for toddlers and babies (open only certain hours and there is a fee - check the Halifax Recreation website for up-to-date hours and pricing)
- Adjacent basketball court