This afternoon, we explored North College Park in College Heights with our weekly Hike it Baby playground. This Prince George playground is located in the College Heights neighbourhood. It is an older playground the City of Prince George has identified for an upgrade in 2017. As of our visit at the end of July 2017 there was no signs of playground replacement. I am not sure when replacement will occur.
North College Park
North College Park is a Prince George playground located at 5355 Eton Avenue, in Prince George, British Columbia. It is relatively easy to find, if you are in the right neighbourhood. I may have mistakenly driven to the Westgate neighbour in the City of Prince George, instead of staying in College Heights. North College Park is located in College Heights. Take a left at the lights by the gas stations and McDonalds. It’s easy to find after that (or at least I think it is). The park features a triple tennis court, along with an older playground.
The Little Tykes commercial playground structure is showing its age and years at North College Park. This is probably why the park is slated for a playground replacement under the City of Prince George’s recent review of parks and playgrounds. It features a total of three slides over two structures. One much larger structure that is ideal for kids 5-12, and a smaller structure for the waddling toddlers of the group. My toddler had difficulty clambering on the bigger structure, but he did enjoy going down the curly slide. It is note worthy to mention my 2-babies-later-hips were not able to squeeze up the stair case and I shimmied up.
Surprisingly, you will still find an old school merry-go-round at the park! It doesn’t move very fast, and seems a little clogged up with sand. The playground has a sandy base, which my toddler mostly just played in! There is also a set of swings, but at the time, no baby swings. You’ll also find a park bench and picnic table.
With minimal shade, North College Park is very hot, but you can easily find a glimmer of shade along the edge of this Prince George playground. However, the park was still well attended with local families. A slight breeze this afternoon helped keep us all cool.
There is fence along the side of the park backing onto Eton Avenue. I don’t believe a stroller would manage very well. You could access the park via the tennis court if you had a stroller. In such, the park is not very accessible as it is a relatively moderate hill into the playground.
My toddler enjoyed the slides, playing in the slide and bouncing on the little bouncing things. If you know what these little things with single springs are, drop me a comment below. I’d love to know!
We look forward to seeing the City of Prince George upgrade this park in the months/years to come! It is a lovely location within town. So far, my favourite Prince George playground in the city is Harper Park from earlier in July.