Neshama Playground

Oriole Park's Neshama Playground.
Neshama Playground: Oriole Park’s colourful and full accessible playground. Loved by kids and adults alike.

Not far from our community garden is Neshama Playground, Canada’s first state-of-the-art, fully accessible playground for children of all ages and abilities.

Located in the North east corner of Oriole Park, the playground features a water play area, sensory musical features, Braille panels, merry-go-round and bounce pad, accessible swings and play structures, and colourful, springy surfacing.  There’s also plenty of shade from surrounding trees and modern wheelchair accessible washroom facilities nearby.


The playground is open year-round with a wading pool and water features running daily from late June to late August. All children are welcome and encouraged to play with one and other with no boundaries or discrimination. It’s no surprise it’s rated as one of the Best Playgrounds in Toronto by BlogTO.

The playground is celebrating its 3-year anniversary on July 20th so we encourage you to stop by and enjoy the playground  plus don’t forget to visit our garden while you’re there!

The Weekly Leaf-let: June 8-14

Gardeners this week: Ingrid, Michelle, Winifred, Peter, Dean, Dorothy, Evelyn, Derek

Thanks to all the rain this week, OPCG gardeners didn’t have to worry too much about watering.  We focused instead on weeding, transplanting, and finishing up the planting for the year.

The following herbs were added to the herb bed:

  • Thai basil
  • Genovese basil
  • Chamomile
  • Fennel
  • Sage

Garlic scapes were also harvested!

Some of the gardeners were lucky enough to benefit from the knowledge of a friendly fellow Ward 22-er, who helped identify some of the unknown plants (and weeds!) in the native plants bed.

Finally, several of the gardeners made note of the insect life living in and around the garden.  These included fat earthworms, spiders, and a rather spectacular brown and red moth.  Some photos of these friends, and our progress this week, are included below!