Thanks to Katie for this guest review! – My daughter is terrified of butterflies, but this is her favourite park. Luckily, we never see real butterflies here. There is very little shade, but all of the parks in McKenzie Towne have that problem. I love the wide variety of equipment in the playground, and the giant butterflies create a fun theme.
Thanks to Alisha for our first outdoor playground review of 2013! – This playground has a wonderful castle theme. Even as you enter oﬀ the street you walk over a drawbridge. The whole playground has many levels and the children climb higher and higher until they are on the bridge that separates both sides of the playground. It is great for imaginative play. It has a Dragon Slide and knight cutouts on the bottom of the park so that the kids can really pretend that they are in the middle ages.
Willow Park – Fairmont Drive & Willingdon Blvd
The gazebo climber is what really makes this playground stand out from so many school playgrounds. The best thing about it is that it can double as so many different things for imaginative play. We weren’t able to stay for long as there was only a small bit of shade for Nicole, but Gordie really enjoyed climbing around.
Fairview – Fulham Drive & Fyffe Rd SE
chool playgrounds with swings are getting less and less common. Due to new safety regulations, they require a big space commitment and separation from the rest of the playground. This playground is an exception through with 6 swings and a solid but unremarkable playground.
Acadia – Agate Crescent & Southland Drive SE
This playground is a little older than most with accessible flooring, I think it may have been added after the playground had already been installed for a while. The catwalk and mountain climbers provide great opportunities for pretend play, and the inter-connectedness of much of the playground are perfect for games of keep off the ground.
Ramsay – Spiller Road & Constance Ave SE
This playground was built in 2005. There’s not a lot of pieces of equipment that really stand out, but there is lots of room for kids to run around and plenty of climbing opportunities. It’s one of the best playgrounds in the area to give school-aged kids a workout.
Inglewood – 8th St & 8th Ave SE
Although it is often mistaken for a private playground, this playground is actually part of a small city of Calgary park. The playground area has lots of shade and equipment generally gear towards young kids. This would be a great place to go if you had a toddler or preschooler and a baby.
Forest Heights – Fonda Way and Fonda Close SE
This playground isn’t huge, but it it’s new and offers some great opportunities for play. The gazebo can be used for shade and for imaginative play and a number of different kinds of climbing equipment so kids can be physically challenged. There is a nice grassy area surrounding the park.
Location map Community: Albert Park – Radcliffe Crescent SE Parking: Free street parking Gordie’s Review (3 years old) “What did you like about that park?” “The Ramps!” Age Range: 0-8 years. Ground Cover: Pour in place recycled tire Shade: Some shade from the play structure itself as well as some mature trees in the surrounding…
Thanks to Alisha for this guest review! Check out her blog Learning From My Kids Location map Community: McKenzie Towne – Prestwick Gate and Prestwick Circle SE (also accessible from Prestwick Heights SE) Parking:Free street parking Keenan’s Review (7 years old): “What was the best part of the park?” “Climbing on the big wheels.” Ryan’s…