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Friday, July 11, 2014

Park Days of Summer: Walter Upton-Collins Park

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A summer series

This is the first summer where we've actually had a break from school. We don't have a lot of plans other than a week at the cottage, but that doesn't mean we won't be busy! We've made a bucket list of things to do and places to go and have already done so much!

But what could be better than exploring neighbourhood parks? We're lucky to live in a relatively young community with a lot of parks. There are 5 listed on the community association page, plus the ones at the community center and 3 elementary schools. Our go to park is the one closest to us, but we'll be hitting up the other 8 this summer, plus some others around the city and I'll be blogging all about it. Welcome to the Summer Park Days of Summer Series!

The first park in this series isn't in our neighbourhood. Walter Upton-Collins Park is on the Rideau River just North of Manotick. There is a baseball diamond, play structure, and benches near the water. And, while we were there, a happy family of ducks.

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At any new park, the kids frantically run around, exploring everything.
The kids explored the play structures - one for smaller kids and one for bigger kids - the teeter-totter, the swings, and the tire swing. I sat in the shade sipping a frozen lemonade. They both eventually joined me and had a timbit.


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Timbits at the park.
The park I grew up with had two tire swings so seeing my kids on one makes my heart happy. And they scream and giggle!

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Tire swing for the win!
I convinced them to go down to the water where we found benches and a dock. That's when we saw the ducks. We spent a long time on the dock talking to and watching the ducks. It was a mom and 8 babies.

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Quack! Quack!
Pros: We had the park to ourselves so there was no waiting our turn for the swing or slide.
Cons: It's far enough that we had to drive.

Overall: I'm glad we decided to check out this park and we'll probably be back when we want a change.

What's your favourite park? Do you have one close or do you have to drive?

1 comment:

  1. Michelle Rosales-DugasJuly 12, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Funny, we just discovered this park this week. We had driven past it many times, but had never stopped in there. WE LOVED IT! We had a little picnic snack at the top of one of the hills with the beautiful view of the river. The kids loved the tire swing and going to the dock to throw rocks and poke sticks in the water. I loved that it was not too busy and I could just let them go with minimal supervision.

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