Linkwood Lane Park
Equipment by Landscape Structures.
Surface: wood chips.
Sandwiched between the DVP and the Flemingdon Park golf course, this park is and unexpected patch of green space that probably doesn’t get much use, and might be a good alternative if nearby Playground Paradise gets uncomfortably busy.
On our quick after school visit, there were only two other kids there, despite it being a lovely day, and prime pre-dinner play hour. Those two kids were too involved in a game on a shared phone to be using the equipment, so we pretty much had the place to ourselves.
With the green equipment matching the greenery all around (the highway is barely visible, thanks to the barriers and some strategically-placed hills) it’s quite a pleasant place to play, if a bit isolated from the usual city amenities. Modest climbing structures for younger and older kids, a few swings, and a fairly large field make for some good options. The field leads to a forest overlooking the golf course which we didn’t have time to explore, but it was tempting; for a better idea of what this forest has to offer, you can take a look at this naturalist’s pictures of the place.
The TTC bus goes right past the park, but if you’re driving the tricky part is finding somewhere to park; there is no street parking on Linkwood because it’s so narrow. We found two unofficial parking spots just south of the park, one of which was taken. I’m really not sure what we would have done if neither spot had been available.
Playground Paradise, mentioned above, is clearly the area’s best playground…but it’s good to know that there’s an alternative that is unlikely to be crowded.