Water play areas in Calgary are typically open in mid-June and close after labour day. This can vary depending on the weather and the specific location. The spray parks and wading pools are open from 9am-9pm and only close during lightning storms. It can be surprisingly fun to put on your rain gear and play in the rain.
Bowness Park‘s water play area is being developed on the East side of the Park which is not expected to open until Fall 2015.
South Glenmore Park got a new nautical spray park this year and it is now open.
Rotary Park and Canmore Park’s spray parks are both under construction. Their opening will be delayed this year until Aug 7th for Rotary Park and July 31st for Canmore Park.
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.
Canmore Spray Park is undergoing construction – the opening will be delayed until July 31st.
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.
Rotary Spray Park is undergoing construction – the opening will be delayed until August 7th.
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. Somerset Spray park will be following the city of Calgary schedule.
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.
Variety Children’s Park – South Glenmore – now open!
Location: 90 Ave. & 24 St. S.W.
The South Glenmore spray park is located in the centre the Variety Children’s Park. A new spray park was installed this year. 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.
The spray park area at Prairie Winds park was renovated last year. I haven’t been able to review the new spray park yet – it was closed for repair the day we went last year. The wading pool remains the same as before and is quite large. 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.
Bowness Spray park closed as part of Bowness Park’s ongoing renovations. The West side of the park has reopened but the new water play area will be located on the East side of the park which is not expected to reopen until Fall 2015.
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.
Location: Not considered by the City of Calgary to be one of their official wading pools but you can wade in the water. There is a year round washroom on site.
Location: Downtown (beltline) – 1221 2 St. S.W.
Not an official spray park, but the water sprays along the path are treated so it’s safe for the kids to play in them. There is a washroom at the park as well.