by Lara We have so many great parks in Ottawa and we love to hear about what YOUR favourite parks are. Over the years we've written about all kinds of parks around the city. If you'd like to write a post about yours, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org - we'd love to share it!
We live in Orleans where we have access to a lot of great splash pads, but there's something so special about the old wading pools that I try to make at least a few visits to them each year. Balena is a park that is generally quiet and not over crowded, with a great pool and great structures.
There are three different structures plus swing sets for the kids to play on. It keeps them entertained for hours on end.
The wading pool is the highlight for the kids. There is a shallow area for babies (which comes to about mid-shin on me) and the deeper area is probably only about 2-2.5 feet deep. It's great because the kids all feel comfortable in the water (this is the first summer, at 5, I've let them in without a life jacket on though) and there are lifeguards on duty. Unfortunately the wading pools are only open for a couple more weeks, but if you have a chance, check them out (and the special events they often hold) before then! They also aren't generally ready for swimmers until about 11 since the pools are emptied every night and have to be re-filled in the morning.
Another feature of all the wading pools is that the lifeguards are all equipped with craft supplies! When the kids are ready for a break in the shade they can head over and they'll have an activity to keep them busy!
Here are a few other Park posts from over the years:
What's your favourite Ottawa area park?