The All World Super Play Park at Riverview’s Frank L Bowser Elementary School is a magical place. Maybe it’s just the fantasy-loving kid of my youth coming out, but playing in a massive castle with slides, hidden nooks, and huge shady trees seems like a dream come true!
This playground was built thanks to a massive community-led fundraiser in the 1990s. The kids at that time gave it its name, but it’s also often referred to as the castle or wooden playground. The space is again the focus of a community-led fundraising effort to refurbish the site, so this wooden castle’s days are limited – but we’re sure what will replace this will be just as wonderful with modern updates. It’s also the perfect reason why you should visit now!
The playground is a huge structure, with several slides, two sets of (monkey bars), a zip line, and so much more!
This can be a tricky playground for little ones; it’s easy to lose sight of them in the maze of tunnels and walkways and much of the equipment is a bit tall, as it’s built to accommodate elementary school kids. But it’s also an incredible space to take a little knight or princess in their favourite costume to snap some photos and have some fun!
There is also a section with a play structure more suitable for younger kids, as well as two metal bus play structures that are lots of fun! (And you can always go across Cleveland Avenue and fully enjoy Patricia Park, one of the Town of Riverview’s ‘tot lots’ – playgrounds created with toddlers in mind!)
The area is fenced, with lots of parking, although there isn’t a washroom, which is unfortunate. There are lots of benches around the castle to sit and enjoy watching the children play, and one corner that is shaded by a lovely old tree.
This is a school playground, so it is not accessible to the public during school hours, and it is scheduled to be rebuilt in 2019, so visit while you can! I prefer to park in the Riverview Middle School parking lot, accessed from Cleveland Avenue, when visiting the All World Super Play Park.
I’m excited to see what lies in store for this site, but I will be sad to see the wooden castle’s final days.
Be sure to check out these other great Riverview playgrounds!