The Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs are privately maintained gardens that are open to the public. They are located on the North East corner of Silver Springs along an off-leash dog park. I was surprised to find out that the gardens were only established in 2006. The covered area is huge! As the botanical gardens are still young, some areas of the garden are more mature than others.
Many small businesses were affected by the Calgary flood this year. Even once they reopened, many found that business was still down. http://yycisopen.com/ started up to try to help make people more aware of this issue. In support of this project, I decided to feature a few parks and playgrounds in these areas. Baker Park is…
Location map Address: 12350 84 St. S.E. (at the time of this post Highway 22X is closed for construction. Access to the park is off 84 St. S.E. from 114 Ave. S.E.) Gordie’s Review: “I liked collecting the eggs” (virtual eggs in the OISEAU app) Nicky’s Review: “Go!” (Nicky liked running around) Parking: free parking lot. Park Features: Man made…
Pearce Estate Park is not a huge park, but it has a lot to offer. It boasts, mature trees, a picnic area, playground and interpretive wetland pathway system in addition to being right next to the Bow Habitat Station and Fish Hatchery.
Nine of the City of Calgary parks have bookable picnic sites. Below I have an overview of all 9 locations and links to reviews of the different parks. For specific information about each picnic site you can look at the city of Calgary website. Bookings can be made in person or by phone. In addition…
Riverbend – 67 Riverview Dr. SE.
Carburn Park is a beautiful little oasis in the middle of the city. At many points along the pathways, it’s hard to imagine you’re in the middle of the city. With the largest ponds in the Parks system, this park is unlike any other in Calgary.
Hillhurst – 800 12 St. N.W
Riley Park is a very popular spot for families during the summer. We’ve been there a number of times to play at the park and wade in the pool. It’s my favorite wading pool in the city in large part due to the plentiful shade.
632 13 AV SE
One of Calgary’s most unique parks, Rundle Ruins Park contains the ruins of Calgary’s first major hospital, originally built in 1895. After much debate portions of the hospital which had been demolished controversially in 1973 was converted into a park in 1974, which is what you can see there today.
Stanley Park/Elboya 4011 1A St. S.W.
We visited 3 playgrounds in Stanley Park and the reviews for each are below.
Shouldice Park – 4900 Monserrat Dr. N.W.
The picnic spots at this park are really beautiful with mature tree and a great view of the Bow River. They are also close to the playground so it’s a great spot for kids as long as you’re not concerned they will run into the river when you’re not looking.