2013 update: The City of Calgary spray parks and wading pools as well as Sikome Lake are scheduled to open June 15th. Sommerset Spray Park opened later than usual but is already open every weekday to make up for the later start. You may also want to check out my current list of Calgary’s Spray Parks and Wading Pools 2013.
This summer Gordie and I visited all the official spray parks and wading pools in Calgary (as well as Sikome Lake). They were all fun in their own way and are all a little different. I’ve listed them all below along with a short description, click on the title to see the full review.
Water play areas in Calgary are typically open in mid-June and close September 1. This can vary depending on the weather and the specific location.
Note Bowness Spray park is closed as part of Bowness Park’s renovations
Location: 8900 48 Ave. N.W
The spray park at Bowness is just one of Bowness Park’s many family friendly features. The spray park itself is probably Calgary’s oldest spray park. The sprays are all identical and are located inside what appears to be an old wading pool. The area is nice and shady and located right next to a playground and lots of picnic tables and green space.
Location: Triwood – 19 St. & Chicoutimi Dr. N.W.
Canmore Park’s Butterfly Spray Park opened in 2011. It has multiple different spray features, some big and some little that will appeal to children of all ages. There’s no playground nearby but there is a large park area with lots of room to run around.
Location: Crescent Heights – 617 1 St. NE.
Rotary Park’s Fish Spray Park also opened in 2011. There are big and little spray features and will appeal to children of all ages. There is also an excellent playground located right nearby.
Location: Somerset- 999 Somerset Dr. S.W.
This spray park has a number of different spray features but it may be a little intimidating for younger children. There are some small sprays but they are located towards the centre of the spray park. There are three small playgrounds just around the corner.
Location: Dover- 28 St and 30 Ave SE
The spray park at Valleyview will definitely be a hit with younger kids. There are lots of small spray to play with at the edges of the spray park. The spray park and preschool playground are both inside a fenced area. This spray park might not hold the attention of older children, but luckily just up the hill is an excellent school-aged playground.
Location: 90 Ave. & 24 St. S.W.
The South Glenmore spray park is located in the centre the Variety Children’s Park. The entire play area is designed to be accessible to all children. In addition to the spray park there is a preschool playground and a school-aged playground with ramps.
Location: 3 St. & Riverfront Ave. S.W.
Eau Claire has 2 wading pools side by side. One of the wading pools has a few sprayers that they kids can spin around. There is also a toddler playground right beside it. It is only a short walk away from Prince’s Island Park which has a excellent playground for kids of all ages.
Location: Westwinds/Castleridge – 233 Castleridge Blvd. NE.
Prairie Winds park has a large wading pool as well as a smaller shallow wading area with spray features. Right outside the fence there is a playground for kids 5-12. There is a concession set up on busy days.
Location: Hillhurst – 800 12 St. N.W
Riley Park has a large wading pool which varies in depth from a couple of feet to ankle deep. It has a very pretty setting with large mature trees and an island in the centre. On busy days there is also a concession. Riley Park also has a playground for kids of all ages which is a short walk across the park.
Location: Fish Creek Provincial Park – Bow Bottom Trail S.E.
Sikome Lake isn’t really a lake at all – it’s more of a giant artificial swimming pool with a sand bottom and sand shoreline. This is the closest you can get to a beach in Calgary. There are three playgrounds at Sikome Lake, a toddler playground, a school-aged playground as well as a small playground on the South side. On busy days there is also a concession.
What is your favorite place in Calgary for outdoor water play? Do you know a place where you can play with water outdoors that isn’t on this list? Let me know in the comments below or at Calgaryplaygroundreview@gmail.com