Note: The spray park at Prairie Winds Park is closed for the 2013 season, but the wading pool is still open.
Community: Westwinds/Castleridge – 233 Castleridge Blvd. NE.
Parking: There is a free parking lot at the North end of the park as well as a smaller lot on the south side.
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Summer Features: Great plane watching hill, pathways, covered picnic area, baseball diamond, tennis courts, gazebo on the far West, soccer field. There is a man-made creek that goes through the park but it is not currently running.
Winter Features: Huge hill that is great for tobogganing, ice skating rinks (pleasure skating only) and cross country skiing.
Playgrounds: There is a water park with large wading pool and spray park with a playground nearby on the North side of the park and an old wood and tire playground on the South side of the park. Click here for a review of the playgrounds and water park themselves.
Amenities: seasonal concession and washrooms
Seating: There is a lot of benches and picnic tables in the water park area as well as just outside. There are benches throughout the park as well as more picnic tables and a covered picnic area in the centre of the park. This can be bookedthrough the city of Calgary website.
Overall: 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. It is one of the few outdoor wading pools left in Calgary and it is definitely the biggest.
The most dominating feature is the huge hill shown in the first picture. The though I tried, the picture doesn’t do justice to how big it really is. Depending on the wind patterns it can be a really great spot to watch airplanes. They can come so close it feels like you could reach out and touch them. In the Winter it is one of Calgary’s official toboggan hills. At the bottom of the hill, beside the water park is the Lions playground. On the far west side of the hill is a gazebo and Grant MacEwan grove where 90 trees were planted in honor of Grant MacEwan’s 90th birthday when the park opened in 1990.
The park was designed with a man-made creek running from the wading pool though the South East area of the park. Unfortunately, it is not currently running. The creek requires costly repairs before it can be in operation again and funds will have to be secured in order for that to happen. It’s really too bad as it would be a beautiful addition to what is a really pretty park area anyway.
The baseball diamond and soccer field are located on the South West end of the park. To the East of them in the centre of the park is the covered picnic area. It would be an especially nice spot if the creek was running as it goes right by it. As it would be a great spot for a gathering where you wanted access to a lot of park features while having some space to yourself. It isn’t exactly private, but there is nothing else right near by making it almost feel private.
On the way to the new South playground on the South East end of the playground there are a couple of bridges that are always a hit with the kids. There doesn’t even have to be water running under it for them to get excited.
Last year, a new accessible playground was installed. It’s a very popular spot with great equipment.
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