Some of the best playgrounds in and around Edmonton
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 playgrounds Edmonton has to offer.
Make sure you look at our list of even more awesome Edmonton Playgrounds too. There is a map with both sets of playgrounds at the bottom of this post.
Edmonton – South of the River
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.
See more photos of Kinsmen Park Playground
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.
4. 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.
Edmonton – North of the River
5. Claireview District Park Inclusive Playground
3704 139 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB
If you have spent time exploring Calgary’s playgrounds, this playground may seem a bit familiar. Like Calgary’s Shouldice Park playground, Claireview District Park playground is a JumpStart playground. The shade is poor but the playground is excellent with lots of things to engage kids of all ages and abilities.
6. Sir Wilfred Laurier Park Natural Playground
13221 Buena Vista Rd NW
This lovely natural playground is so surrounded by trees it can actually be a little hard to find. If you park in the main lot (across from the zoo parking), it is a short walk south east to the playground. If you hit the public bathrooms, follow the path around to the east.
The coyote climber looks amazing, the slide is tall and the setting is hard to beat.
7. Eaux Claires Playground
16103 95 St
Around the toddler climber at this playground there is a little tricycle track that little ones will adore riding around. The playground has a police/fire fighter theme that even includes an ATM and a jail. It also has accessible flooring throughout.
8. Castle Downs Playground
11520 153 Ave NW
One of Edmonton’s largest playgrounds also has a adjacent spray park and nearby skatepark. The playground features two ship themed climbers, a sand area with preschool climbers, swings and rock climbers. There is definitely something for everyone at this park.
2909 113 Ave NW
This playground also came highly recommended. The play equipment is spread out over a large shady area inside a beautiful park. The park features man made lakes, a paddleboat centre and mini-golf.
See more photos of Rundle Park Playground
7507 Borden Park Rd NW
This playground actually has three themed climbers all of which are pretty neat. This playground is best suited for kids around age 8 and under as older kids may not find the equipment challenging enough. Younger kids will love using the themed climbers in their imaginative play.
The park features large mature trees for shade, a pavilion with washrooms, artwork, picnic sites and flower gardens. The park is in the final stages of its revitalization project – in this final stage they will be turning the outdoor pool into a natural swim experience.
See more photos of Borden Park Playground
11. Brintnell Park Playground
Brintnell Blvd NW & 45 St NW
Many of Edmonton’s playgrounds have sand but this one has accessible flooring throughout. The shade isn’t great, but there are young trees and a gazebo nearby. There is a section for preschoolers, a natural-like area and a challenging climber for older kids too.
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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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!
16. Meadowview Dinosaur Playground
South off of Meadowview Blvd between Meadowview Dr and CW Gaetz Rd -Leduc
This playground commemorates the hadrosaur dinosaur skeleton fossil found in the area of Leduc. The playground has a dinosaur theme which kids will love.
17. Blackstone Pirate Playground
Blackstone Blvd, Leduc
One of the best themed playgrounds we have seen. It has an awesome pirate ship, treasure chests and an octopus!
18. Rotary Playscape
Tri Leisure way and Jennifer Heil Way
This playground is fully fenced with accessible flooring. It has some cool inclusive features including an accessible stage! Tons of fun options for kids who love to climb.
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