Like most kids, my daughters have a playground favourite that they search for at the start of each visit. They’re somewhat fickle – the playground gem can change with regularity, but for the past few months it’s consistently been the monkey bars. We arrive at a new park and they immediately start scouring the area for monkey bars – preferably ones they can reach themselves, and no, swinging rings are NOT as good as monkey bars.
Let the record show Cameron Heights Playground has a set of monkey bars.
Once we confirmed this all-important fact, we were able to branch out, explore and appreciate all the other cool features this southwest community hub has to offer.
The Cameron Heights playground is a beautiful, treehouse-themed playspace with unique details like nailer boards under the green shingled roof, a hollow treetrunk base with knothole windows, and even a rope bridge connecting two structures.
Most of the playground is based in rubber playground floor. (My favourite!) There is a small sandpit located at one end of the park perfect for fans of scooping and digging.
There’s a cute toddler park with a slide, climbers and a few unique accessories, including a ball maze, rain wheel and sound effect touch pad. The treehouse theme is carried through with a makeshift looking fence design and two treetop canopies hanging over the toddler space.
The bigger park is truly an adventure zone. There are tons of ways to climb up or across. If you have monkeys like mine, this is a park for them – not only for the (triangle) monkey bars, but also for the numerous options for scaling across unique items.
The big park also has a bit of a nature park built in, with a hollowed-out log, several tree stumps and a boulder. All the climbing and jumping options made a great obstacle course and my girls made trip after trip through the circuit. (I only had to be called in the odd time for a boost up to something that was just a little out of reach.)
The swing set with 2 big and 2 little swings, the variety of spinners and the spring-mounted surfboard each caught our attention for a little while.
The painted hopscotch course was a hit, as was the merry-go-round with its climbable rope sides.
Cameron Heights playground has a green shack and we visited during program hours, so the park was busy, but never so busy that there wasn’t space to play.
The playground is in a beautiful park, with plenty of benches and a large covered picnic area. The Cameron Heights Community League is in the process of raising funds to add a spray park to this space. They are closing in on their fundraising goal, so watch for construction in the near future!