Sandy beach suffered flood damage in 2013 but it is back and just as fun as ever. I’ve taken new pictures of the water front but the pictures of the picnic areas are from my original 2012 post. Location map Community: Altadore – 4500 14A St. S.W. Parking: free parking lots. Park Features: Picnic sites, firepits and BBQ stands,…
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.
Downtown – 228 8 Ave. S.E.
Olympic Plaza was created for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games to be used for the medal ceremonies. It’s now a popular place to have lunch for downtown workers.
Downtown (beltline) – 1221 2 St. S.W.
Central Memorial Park is Calgary’s Oldest Park. It was revitilized in 2009 but still reflects the original Victorian garden style with geometric pathways, elaborate flower beds and native and imported trees.
Note: The spray park area at Prairie Winds park will be undergoing some much needed renovations this summer (2014). The large wading pool will be unaffected and will be open along with the other city of Calgary wading pools and spray parks. The new design looks pretty cool – they hope to have the spray park open in…
South Glenmore Park – 90 Ave. & 24 St. S.W.
This would be a great pick for a family day at the park. The highlight for the kids will probably be the Variety Children’s Park playground and spray park.
Dover- 28 St and 30 Ave SE
Valleyview park is one of Calgary’s newer parks – it opened in 2004. I didn’t have a lot of expectations when I set out to check out this park. I knew it had a spray park, but other than that I hadn’t heard anything about it.
Westwinds/Castleridge – 233 Castleridge Blvd. NE.
Prairie Winds is one of North East Calgary’s largest recreational parks. It is a beautiful park with lots of trees and green space. The most popular attraction is the spray park and wading pool.
8900 48 Ave. N.W
Bowness Park is currently undergoing renovations
Bowness Park was an extremely popular destination in the 1920s and 30s. Inspired by New York’s Coney Island, Calgarians would ride the streetcar to access Bowness Park’s carousel, fountain with accompanying light and music, dance hall, scaled-down railway line and other attractions.