The park on Chapel Street is a bit of a hidden gem. It doesn’t appear on Google Maps and there’s little mention of it on the City of Ottawa website. Apparently, it’s officially called Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park, but I’ve never heard it called that. We always just refer to it as Chapel Street Park, or as my daughter use to call it…Apple Park.
It’s located in Sandy Hill on Chapel Street between Laurier Avenue East and Wilbrod Street, behind what use the be the Sandy Hill Retirement Residence
This was our go-to park when we lived in Sandy Hill and we still visit often.
There are two play structures, one for little kids and one for older children; baby swings and big kid swings; and balancing equipment. There’s lots of shade, a few picnic tables and benches, sandy and grassy areas, and a little paved path that’s good for bikes and scooters.
It even has a really nice splash pad. The sprinklers are smaller than those at other parks, making it great for toddlers to 10-year-olds. The little ones can still fill their buckets and stick their feet in without getting soaked or hit hard.
But, what a lot of parents love about this park is that it’s fully enclosed and there’s T.A.N Coffee and a Timothy’s just a block away.