The Sackville Kinsmen playground is directly adjacent to one of the most popular splash pads in the city. With the refreshed look and new design, it blends in nicely to the fun atmosphere and makes it a wonderful destination playground for residents all around the HRM.
This wasn’t the playground we’d planned to go but it ended up being a fun little surprise adventure for us and this playground, while having stood the test of time and clearly well-loved, was still in great shape with lots of fun elements for the kids to enjoy.
This playground is tucked in Millwood subdivision in Middle Sackville at 155 Millwood Drive, almost next door to Millwood High, and just down the road from the Preschool Indoor Playground (and, hot tip...er I mean, cool tip, the Vineyard ice cream shop in the summer, yummmmm).
The Sackville Inclusive Playground is located on Sackville Drive, right next to the library. This pretty much make it an ideal location. You get to combine outdoor play with books, all in one outing.
On one side of this trail runs a highway, so close you can see drivers slurping their morning coffee and rocking out to their car tunes. On the other side is the Canadian Forces Rifle Range with a steady stream of bullets firing from it. But, wait! Stay with me....
I’ve just spent two days travelling with my husband and children, sitting in a car for hours on end, which is a great motivator for me to go play in the woods. I need some time to recharge so I’ve decided to bike the 15-kilometre round trip trail system within the 700-acre Sackville Lakes Provincial Park (better known as First and Second Lake Trails).
The Sackville Kinsman Playground on First Lake Drive has long been a popular spot with our family. We've been going to it since Mr. M was a newborn and Miss M was just 2 years old. Both kids LOVE that there are four bridges that connect into one big square and spend lots of time just running around and around it. We like to play the Billy Goats Gruff game where an adult is a troll under the bridge - much squealing and giggling ensue.
It's been fun watching Miss M tackle a new piece of equipment each time we visit and - like this time - conquer it.
It also has three different slides - one big one and two smaller ones - so there's never a line-up for the slide; and a set of swings with two "baby" ones and two "big kid" ones you can see in the background here. The surface is pea gravel and includes one of those little play areas for selling...rocks?
It's right beside a little supervised beach and walking/cycling trails so we often try to fit in a walk or bike ride while we're visiting the playground. I do know the beach is sometimes closed for bacteria so check before you plan to head in.
And, the most exciting part of all, is the new Splash Pad. It's been about a decade in the making - and they broke ground on it over a year ago. Last summer we enjoyed watching the construction vehicles. This summer we've been watching people working on it and Miss M has been yelling at Mr M to stay back from the caution tape. :-)
The good news is that today it finally opened! We can't wait to make a trip down there the next sunny day we get. It has three different stations depending on the level of water you want so there is something for everyone.
This playground/splash pad can be found at 71 First Lake Drive in Lower Sackville, right across from the Sobey's.
EDITED TO ADD A 2017 UPDATE:
They now also offer a great little snack shack with food like hot dogs and chips, and, of course, cold treats like ice cream and popsicles, at very reasonable prices. The perfect addition to a summer fun day!