Check out Toronto’s first natural playground

McCleary Playground is Toronto’s first “natural playground”. It is a little triangle of land at the southwest corner of Queen St. E. and McGee St. in Leslieville.

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The land was orginally purchased by the city from George Leslie in 1883 for $600. It was previously an “old playground”.

The current edition was designed by by Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds. The park’s natural design uses natural structures – an upside-down tree, two huge boulders, and a sandbox built from tree trunks.

ING Direct funded the park, as part of its philanthropic “Orange in the Community” program. The estimated cost was $300,000.

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