We’ve been doing a lot of travel within Alberta over the last couple of years seeking out all the great things for families right in our own backyard. We came up with a list of 9 places to visit on your family vacation to Edmonton and we also tried to visit as many awesome playgrounds as we could. Here are some of the best Edmonton Playgrounds South/East of the river.
Make sure you look at our list of awesome Edmonton playgrounds North of the river too. There is a map with both sets of playgrounds at the bottom of this post.
1. Kinsmen Park
Kinsmen Park, 9100 Walterdale Hill
The Kinsmen Park was recommended to me more than any other playground when I asked for Edmonton playground suggestions. It is obviously a city favorite and it’s easy to see why. The playground area is more of a park with shady spots, multiple play areas and varied playground equipment including two huge slides on the side of the hill. The park also has a spray park, picnic spots, trails, free parking and a great view of the High Level Bridge. Kids of all ages will be able to entertain themselves for hours.
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4540 50 St NW This huge sprawling playground is really more like 4 separate adjacent playgrounds and a spray park. Each section is worth a visit on its own merits but put together this playground is fantastic. The sheer size of this playground will make it challenging for parents who have children that require close supervision but aren’t content to stay in one area. The park also features a small lake, campfire spots and pathways. See more photos of Jackie Parker Playground
9930 Groat Rd NW
The playground at this park is really unique – in addition to a wide variety of playground equipment it has little buildings for the kids to play in like a general store and a house. This large park also has big mature trees for shade, picnic spots, trails, a lake where you can rent paddle boats, a sheltered pavilion with bathrooms and a concession.
3735 114 St
The community of Greenfield has two excellent playgrounds across the field from each other – one at the school and one beside the community association. Behind the community association playground you’ll also find a spray park. What else could you want?
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5. Haddow Park
2099 Haddow Dr NW
The playground at Haddow Park is large with a tall slide and sand flooring. The best thing about the park though is the little bridges just outside of the playground.
6. Ramsay Heights Playground
15130 43 Ave NW
Ramsay Heights playground has a wide variety of equipment that will appeal both to big kids and little kids. The school age climber gets really high and there are lots of things to swing and spin on. It’s in a lovely park with mature trees and right next to a skate park.
7. Summerside Park Playground
4110 Savaryn Dr SW – beside Michael Strembitsky School
Located on the southern side of Edmonton, next to Michael Strembitsky is this excellent playground in Summerside Park. The playground is large, with equipment that will appeal to little kids and big kids including a helicopter shaped piece of equipment that transportation fans will love.
Hodgson Rd NW and Hodgson Blvd NW
This playground is smaller than many on this list, but it’s still great. The playground is generally aimed at older kids but younger kids will adore the firetruck climber.
See more photos of Hodgson Park Playground
9. Hazeldean Community League Train Playground
9630 66 Ave
The central area of this playground is set up to look like trains going around a loop of tracks. The trains do not actually move, but if you have a little train fan in your family, you will not want to miss this playground.
10. Tubby Bateman Park
9703 88 Ave NW
This is a fairly small park but it includes a water/sand area with running water! Be sure to bring a change of clothes with you and your kids will be sure to have a blast. The playground also features some great climbing equipment and a cool little art installation with a bison statue surrounded by big rocks.
11. Broadmoor Lake Park – Sherwood Park
Oak St near Glenmore Ave – Sherwood Park
This is one of the most impressive looking playgrounds I’ve seen – a real destination playground. With multiple climbing structures, swings and a sea themed spray park with a ship play structure in the centre. My kids all loved this playground. The huge slide was a trip highlight for my 7 year old. This playground is definitely worth the trip outside of the city.
12. Brentwood School Playground – Sherwood Park
28 Heron Rd – Sherwood Park
If you are looking for a great playground that’s a big smaller in Sherwood Park, you’ll love the Brentwood School Playground. Bring out your pail and shovel so the kids can play in the sand as well as the parks tall slides, saucer swings and climbing features. If you love playground hopping there is also another playground that you can walk to across the field.
13. Cloverbar Ranch Park Playground – Sherwood Park
875 Jim Common Dr N, Sherwood Park
This playground has multiple slides, a climber than looks like a giant bug and a little spray park as well. A great playground to visit if you are in the Sherwood Park area.
14. Westboro School Playground
368 Broadmoor Blvd, Sherwood Park, AB
This inclusive playground has part accessible/part sand flooring and has features that kids of all abilities will love. If you like to playground hop, there’s also another playground behind the school.
15. Fultonvale School
52029 Range Rd 224, Sherwood Park, AB (actually located SW of Sherwood Park)
This inclusive playground is fantastic. Your kids’ jaws will drop when they see the height of this climber and slide in person. The school also has another great playground on the other side of the school.
16. Andy’s Place Playground
Off of Pointe Aux Pins Road by Dow Centennial Fields
This playground is great for kids of all ages and abilities. It even has a zipline!
17. Meadowview Dinosaur Playground
South off of Meadowview Blvd between Meadowview Dr and CW Gaetz Rd -Leduc
This playground commemorates the hadrosaur dinosaur skelton fossil found in the area of Leduc. The playground has a dinosaur theme which kids will love as well as the best zipline I’ve seen in Alberta.
Looking for even more awesome playgrounds? Check out our list of awesome Edmonton playgrounds North of the river.
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