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  1. Katja of Skimbaco
    May 15, 2014 @ 11:05 am

    Looks like they are having fun <3

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  2. Satu VW / Destination Unknown
    May 15, 2014 @ 5:24 pm

    Good playgrounds is something I miss where we live, and we were really spoiled when traveling in New Zealand as it seemed there was playground even in the smallest little towns.

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  3. Reeta @houseofanais
    May 15, 2014 @ 5:31 pm

    Playgrounds are so great to have, when moving to England I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the quality of parks, and surprisingly the more rural locations the better the parks get!

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  4. Leigh Powell Hines
    May 15, 2014 @ 5:41 pm

    Oh, you have some great spots in Toronto.

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  5. Laurel
    April 23, 2015 @ 12:51 pm

    Riverdale farm!!! That’s our kids favourite. Free (although they could really use a donation now and again) and open 365 days a year. What kid doesn’t love pigs, chickens, goats, sheep, cows, and horses??!?

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    • Yashy
      April 24, 2015 @ 11:17 am

      I never thought of them as a playground but you’re right there’s a splash pad there… is there a playground? Will add it to the list if there is!

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  6. Anne Taylor
    May 30, 2015 @ 2:46 pm

    All of these playgrounds look great! We don’t have a back yard either but we manage to find great places to play!

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    • Yashy
      May 31, 2015 @ 9:37 pm

      We just have to keep an eye out for those hidden playgrounds, right Anne?

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  7. Anna Pry
    June 5, 2015 @ 12:40 pm

    my kids would play at the playground all day, i wish we had one with water fountains to play in

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    • Yashy
      June 7, 2015 @ 11:30 am

      Little Monkey is a huge fan of fountains!

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  8. kristen visser
    August 10, 2015 @ 3:13 pm

    what an amazing list of parks/playgrounds. my daughter LOVES going to the playground she could be there for hours if it was up to her

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    • Yashy
      August 12, 2015 @ 11:20 am

      Ours too!! It’s always a struggle dragging them away!

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  9. J Williams
    August 29, 2015 @ 9:04 pm

    Basically, you’ve listed all ones around Yonge St/East End. There is one (I’m not sure if you mentioned it) near King and Jarvis that was in pretty poor shape many years ago, not sure if it’s improved, but it had a fountain and a gazebo and was one of the only green spaces near there. You have not included the Roundhouse Park, or the Harbourfront centre (there used to be a playground in front near the Power Plant), or the one down by the water with the slide built into a hill (if it hasn’t been dismantled) across from the Island Airport. If you are going to go to Riverdale (which does have a pool) you might want to consider Withrow park, which is a very good sized East end park near the subway. If you are willing to go a bit further afield (from Yonge) there are a ton of other options, Toronto is a very green city. High Park (pool, wooden castle, free zoo), Budapest Park (concrete dinosaurs), Trinity Bellwoods (nice kids pool in the rec centre, ping pong tables!, indoor winter play), Alexandra Park (library, pool, ice rink), Christie Pits (pool, baseball, soccer, ice rink, indoor play time in winter), Vermont Square (fully fenced in!, toddler toys, indoor washrooms in community centre), Jean Sibelius Square (mini rock wall), Dufferin Grove (outdoor adventure play area with water and dirt, huge splash pad, ice rink), Kew Beach (unique wooden play structures, library, boardwalk and beaches), Centre Island (really nice splash pad, Franklin Gardens, beaches)……

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    • Yashy
      August 30, 2015 @ 12:26 pm

      Thanks for these suggestions!! They’re excellent! We focused on the downtown core by the TTC but I think we have to do a follow up on all these awesome ones you mentioned! Roundhouse doesn’t have a playground. does it? Neither does the Harbourfront … but if you can tell me where these two playgrounds are I will go take some pictures this week!

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  10. Penelope
    October 14, 2015 @ 1:51 pm

    Is the Ryerson drop in centre open every day? On the website it says it is only open on Thursdays from 6 to 8. Thanks!

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    • Yashy
      October 14, 2015 @ 8:43 pm

      The drop in centre itself is only open on Thursdays. The playground was open to the public during off hours and on the weekend but we popped by last weekend and it was locked. I wonder if they’ve changed the access policy!

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    • Miguel
      July 30, 2017 @ 6:59 pm

      Just went to Little Norway Park (next to the terminal for the airport ferry) today. It was great! Excellent wading pool and play structures, with shaded grass and tables for picnics. Location here:
      https://maps.google.com?q=43.633829,-79.398119.

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      • Yashy
        July 31, 2017 @ 7:02 am

        Oh I know the one you speak of!! Thanks so much… as soon as I can get a good pic of it I’ll get it listed!!

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  11. loucheryl
    November 11, 2015 @ 10:39 pm

    There are so many awesome playgrounds in downtown Toronto. I was pleasantly surprised. I love your photos!

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  12. Nate
    November 15, 2015 @ 5:13 pm

    love all the playgrounds

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  13. JaimeeM
    November 26, 2015 @ 10:33 am

    Looks like fun!

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  14. Andrea Rees
    November 26, 2015 @ 10:19 pm

    Good to know! My favourite downtown playground is Dufferin Grove, we absolutely love it there and you can even have bonfires there (booked way in advance). Playground, market, shows in the park, pizza nights, mud pit. Amazing place.

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    • Yashy
      November 27, 2015 @ 12:34 pm

      bonfires!!! So fun!!!

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  15. Treen Goodwin
    December 6, 2015 @ 8:07 am

    wow looks like an awesome playground , wish our playgrounds looked like these , awesome fun 🙂

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  16. loucheryl
    December 24, 2015 @ 7:24 pm

    We are at our local playground today. 15 degrees on Christmas Eve! We had to go play today.

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  17. Laurie P
    May 20, 2016 @ 10:22 am

    Our go to park was Vermont Square, not entirely downtown, but close enough…..it’s gone thru some serious upgrades i hear!

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    • Yashy
      May 20, 2016 @ 1:56 pm

      oh I’ve never heard of that one!!

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  18. Elizabeth Matthiesen
    January 11, 2017 @ 4:40 pm

    This sounds very similar to Sydney, Australia where my daughter lives with her family. There are plenty of parks with playgrounds for children there too.

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  19. kathy downey
    June 29, 2017 @ 4:15 pm

    I live in a small Town and we have a lovely playground to play in !

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  20. Tom
    October 15, 2017 @ 8:24 pm

    Good list! Don’t forget Corktown Commons – I’d say it’s in top 3 downtown playgrounds along with Allen Gardens.

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