Al Soudan North Park: An Aspire Alternative
Located just a few blocks from Aspire Park is a small, laid-back, neighbourhood park.
As soon as the sun begins going down, neighbourhood children come in threes and fours to play pickup soccer, climb the equipment, swing, and wrestle on the grass. The sidewalk turns into a race track for roller blades and 2-wheeling trikes. If you want it a bit calmer stay near the open, paved space at the main entrance with jump rope, hopscotch or chalk drawing.
Considering that the ratio of children to adults is often approximately 1:10, the children are surprisingly self-regulating; a difficult achievement when different cultures co-exist on limited swing sets. Instead of turning into an Arabian set for a re-make of the Lost Boys, it is surprisingly sensible, earlier in the evening. After a few hours of playing hard & snacking on chips and candy, it’s fend-for-yourself.
Al Soudan is most popular with the 6-9 age group with a respectable showing from the younger set as well. And more recently an increasing number of young families can be found picnicking on the grass.
And, yes, go on bring the kids’ bikes. They might not be able pedal far but they can pedal.
Note to Parents: The toilet stall doors are very heavy & hard for a child to open by themselves.
Photos by Christine Gerber-Rutt