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Kentville Plays

Kentville Plays

We are on a quest to become Canada’s most playful community; one that takes play—and all of its benefits—very seriously! Article 31 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of a Child states that every child has the right to play. In Kentville, we couldn’t agree more. Play isn’t just about providing safe playgrounds for children. It’s fundamentally about protecting their right to be free to explore and discover the physical and social world around them on their own terms, without formal structure.

In support of free play, Kentville provides residents with three community playboxes.

  • Memorial Park (by the pool/tennis courts)
  • Oakdene Park (by the basketball court)
  • Burgher Hill (Winter Season - at the top)

Each playbox is filled with a collection of equipment (sports equipment, lawn games, jump ropes, and much more), with seasonal items added throughout the year (for example sleds at Burgher Hill and Oakdene Park). All equipment is FREE to use.

There are just a few rules to keep in mind.

  • After playing with the equipment, be sure to return it to the playbox.
  • Don’t forget to close the lid when returning equipment!
  • Help keep this program running by donating new or gently used equipment.
  • Let us know if a box needs attention (902-679-2540 or
  • Use the playbox and its contents is at your own risk.
  • Have fun!

Kentville playboxes are a project of the Kings Country Family Resource Centre and the Town of Kentville. They are made possible with funds from the Province of Nova Scotia Department of Communities Culture and Heritage.