forestry farm playground

This great playground in the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park opened in June 2010.  The surroundings are gorgeous and the play equipment is second to none.

The playground features:
~ one sand lot and one wood-chip area (appropriate footwear is advised)
~ two side-by-side slides with easy approach
~ one very tall, fast slide with an easy approach
~ a terrific slide made of rollers
~ one short slide with easy approaches
~ a climbing rock guarded by a friendly bear
~ a spider web of climbing ropes
~ a large boat that seats several kids and sways back and forth
~ two spring bouncy riders
~ three twirling tulip seats (please supervise, these can spin really fast)
~ a moose-track climbing wall with rubber-coated chain
~ shatter-proof mirrors
~ a foxhole and a couple other short tunnels
~ a neat submarine-inspired peephole
~ a variety of monkey bars and climbing structures
~ several pictures of animals you can see at the Forestry Farm Zoo
~ and much, much more!

(Note that there are no swings. Not that your kids will notice, but it is sometimes nice to know what not to promise.)

I love that the play unit is also accessible for children with disabilities to enjoy play opportunities while they visit the facility.  

Much of the play area has a posted age suggestion of 5 to 12. Some of the equipment said it was made for ages two and up. My 19 month old had a blast sliding, crawling and exploring for over an hour under careful supervision. As we left, he felt the need to kiss everything goodbye.

The playground is surrounded by beautiful trees and picnic tables.  It is a skip and a jump from several lovely gardens and the fish pond. (You also won't want to miss the new baby ducks and geese swimming around at the adjacent fish pond at various times of the year.)

The playground is tucked into the trees and is not visible from the road. To find it, proceed through the park entrance until you get to the butterfly house. Turn right to enter the garden and picnic area. The playground is tucked in at the right before you get to the fish pond. There is nearby parking.

Speaking of parking, from May 1 to Sept. 6, a $2 parking/development fee is collected as you drive through the park entrance. Knowing that we will want to visit the park and zoo several times before the summer ends, we purchase a parking pass. The pass is $12 or $10 if you have a zoo membership.



7 comments


Donna said...

We popped over to check this out after a quick zoo visit on Monday - fantastic! We would have stayed longer if I had remembered the bug lotion. :)

Laura Monchuk ~ saskmom.com said...

Yes, you may certainly meet some overly-friendly mosquitos. We actually marveled at how few there were compared to the golf course we played this morning. Aha! Then we noticed all the fat dragonflies around the nearby fish pond! Go armed with protection, nevertheless!

Kirsten M. said...

Fantastic! I didn't even know they were making a new park!! Thanks so much for posting this Laura! I loved the slide show too. I look forward to checking out the park very soon. Thanks for all your work on saskmom.com! I have very much appreciated all the information you've shared with us through it!

Sasha said...

This looks awesome! And if it weren't for you, I would have never known! Thanks for posting and telling us all about it!

Daphne said...

It is great to know that this is open. I always gave my spare change to Erindale McDonalds for this project. The other playground in the zoo is too advanced for my kids, and I wanted to see a playground more appropriate. This is just another reason to get a season pass to the park!

Cora Putz said...

Love the review! I had heard that this was a park to check out. I appreciate you posting photos. Cannot wait to take my children there to play. They will love it!

Laura Monchuk ~ saskmom.com said...

Thanks for the nice comments, ladies! If you like this playground review, you'll love, love the park!

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