Yet another fantastic playground can be found in the Tri-Cities. Between 2013 and the fall of 2015 the city of Port Coquitlam invested a million dollars into updating Lions Park. Set just off the busy Lougheed Highway, this tranquil park has something for everyone.
We loved the expansive playground with many “zones” for kids of all ages. Of course, the big favourite was the huge silver tube slide. Once my 5-year-old figured out he was to lie down, rather than slouch in half, he couldn’t get enough of the long slide. The main jungle gym offers a number of climbing options (stairs, rope ladder, and metal climbing column). Once at the top there is a large platform for imaginative play and either the slide or fireman’s pole to get you back on the ground.
Both baby and big-kid swings are scattered about the park, as is a zip line, spinning rope pyramid and musical instruments. I was fascinated by the huge tires and big tree stump begging to be climbed. However, it was a wet day and I wasn’t brave enough to risk slipping and falling into a puddle. On a dry day, watch out kids, I’ll be the parent on those climbing structures with you.
Lions Park also has a water park and water feature which operates from May – September. While waiting for the warmer weather, the kids can bring their shovels (or find a stick) and have a blast digging in the designated sandy areas.
Families and caregivers will delight in both the CLEAN and functional park bathrooms. I kid you not, they are so lovely they deserve a mention! There are also a large number of picnic tables scattered immediately around the playground and tucked off in the shade of the trees.
Lions Park in Port Coquitlam:
Address: 2300 Lions Way, Port Coquitlam
Directions: turn south on Shaughnessy off of the Lougheed Hwy. Lions Park is your first right hand turn off of Shaughnessy