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Categories: Family Guides

One of our favorite summer activities is park hopping. We pack a picnic, and our bathing suits and head off to a different park each week across Durham. We're especially fond of those water pads!

To help us with our Summer 2009 park list, we asked Durham parents to tell us their favorite parks. We didn’t hear from many parents outside of Pickering, Oshawa, Whitby, Brooklin and Ajax, so if you have a favorite park and live in Clarington, Brock, Scugog, or Uxbridge, please let us know (click here)  and you'll be entered to win a family fun pass from Ontario Place!


Here are the top 15 in order of most popular: (No surprise, the lakeside parks are on the top of the list.)


  1. Lakeview Park, Oshawa (waterpad)
  2. Rotary Sunrise Lake Park, Whitby (waterpad)
  3. Rotary Park, Ajax (waterpad) 
  4. Beachfront Park, Pickering (waterpad)
  5. Folkstone Park, Whitby (behind McKinney Arena)
  6. Vipond Park, Brooklin
  7. Kinsmen Park, Whitby (splash pad)  
  8. Whitburn Park, Whitby
  9. Portage Park, Whitby (Portage Ave, Whitby Shores area) (splash pad)
  10. Jack Wilson Park, Whitby
  11. Beatrice Park, behind the Oshawa Central Library
  12. Frenchman’s Bay, Pickering