The Pirate Ship Playground in Belleville includes a massive wooden pirate ship structure as its centre piece. The playground is suitable for all ages from young toddlers to older school age children (and even adults!). It also includes some accessible features. The playground is set in Riverside Park & is surrounded by a splash pad, skate park, and beautiful walking trails along the Moira River.
The Pirate Ship Playground is located in Riverside Park alongside the Moira River in Belleville, Ontario. From the 401 head south on Hwy 62 (North Front Street), turn left onto Bell Blvd, right onto North Park Street, left onto North Park Gardens & then left into Riverside Park along Moira Street East. There is a parking lot right beside the playground & splash pad.
BEST FOR AGES:
1 year and up. Several ramps & easy to climbs stairs make the play structure easily accessible for early walkers and toddlers. There are also several wall panels, animal-themed rockers, baby swings and a small sandbox for young children. For bigger kids there is a large rope climber & plenty of space for games of tag or hide-and-go-seek.
Massive wooden pirate ship, two baby swings, two big kid swings, accessible swing, four slides, various stairs/climbers & two ramps up to the pirate ship upper deck, tic-tac-toe, spinning gears panel, steering wheels, large rope climber, animal-themed rockers, sand box, and more.
Mostly sun in the playground area, but there are some mature trees near the playground. Kids can also play in the shade under the upper deck of the ship.
The playground is set beside the Moira River, within Riverside Park. The playground area is completely fenced. Just outside of the playground is a fenced splash pad. There are also bathrooms available during the Summer season (bathrooms were still locked as of April 7th, 2018). Beautiful walking trails run past the playground and alongside the River. There are picnic tables located just outside the fenced playground area. A skate park can also be found nearby.
A few benches are located within the fenced playground area. Outside the fence there are several picnic tables.
There is a paved pathway that runs around the playground, which leads to two ramps. The ramps lead to the upper deck of the pirate ship where there are wall panels to play with (spinning gears, steering wheels, etc). There is also a slightly reclined swing with a restraint system (see photos below).
Playing at the Pirate Ship Playground was one of our 15 bucket list items for this spring & summer (2018). It is probably one of, if not the most, well-known playgrounds in Quinte… and for good reason. The massive pirate ship structure can be easily accessed by toddlers & preschoolers, but still provides plenty of opportunities for older kids (& adults) to join in the fun. The ship encourages imaginative play and also provides physical challenges with a variety of ladders, stairs & climbers.
The large rope climber, also within the fenced playground zone, is great for older children while their younger siblings can enjoy the animal-themed rockers, sand box, and swings. There is definitely no shortage of entertainment here. We spent about an hour playing at the park and barely made it off of the pirate ship. The only reason we left was because we were freezing cold (-4 in April, what?!), otherwise we could have easily spent the whole morning playing here.
Have you visited this playground? What did you love (or hate) about it? Tell me in the comments below or contact me!