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Regent Park (Toronto)

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At last, a real park!

Regent Park is now the name of a real park, and it could well become one of Toronto's finest parks at that! It has everything to become one of the best places for fun community gatherings and one of the only with a mix of vast park with a gentle slope (I foresee cool tobogganing for the young kids next winter), with a large elegant paved plaza on one side, and a wide promenade on the other.

I'm not done with superlatives. Regent Park's outdoor playground is now part of my TOP-5 playgrounds in Toronto. With plenty of intriguing structures to explore along a long and narrow strip, it is covered with a soft pavement which feels bouncy under the foot, and it includes a section for younger kids. Many newly planted trees promise great shadow in the coming years. In addition, it sits right next to a gorgeous top-of-the-line indoor pool which is currently free for everyone. (Click here for the pool's schedule.) I've noticed at least 24 spray pad holes. They were not working on the day of the official launch but I was told they're functioning now.

Among the other features in the park: an outdoor oven, an off-leash dog section and space for a community garden. (Here's a photo gallery of Regent Park's official launch on June 21, 2014.)

Lovely promenade along the playground
Good for kids of all ages
Vast field for community events
Serious fun in the playground

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