These playgrounds represent some of the best from around the city. About half of the playgrounds are new to the list this year, and about half were also on last year’s list of Calgary’s Best Playgrounds. There is also a 2015 Calgary’s Best Playgrounds list out now.
You may also be interested in my other playground lists: Best NE Calgary Playgrounds, Best SE Calgary Playgrounds, Best Central Calgary Playgrounds, Best NW Calgary Playgrounds and Best SW Calgary Playgrounds.
Applewood – Applestone Park, Applewood Drive SE
This playground was newly installed last fall. It is a huge accessible playground with equipment suitable for kids of all ages and ability levels. Hands down one of Calgary’s best playgrounds. I would encourage everyone to make the trip to see it but especially if you have a child with special needs.
Cliff Bungalow (by Mission) – Cliff St and 22nd Ave SW
One of the prettiest playgrounds in the city, this playground has a forest theme and features accessible flooring and challenging climbing equipment for big kids and little kids.
Parkdale/West Hillhurst – 5th Avenue and 27th St. NW.
One of Calgary’s most beloved playgrounds. It’s large with plenty of equipment for older and younger kids and has a helicopter theme.
Elboya – 46 Ave & 4a St. SW
This playground is big and bright and sure to please. The playground has accessible flooring, and plenty of equipment for both older and younger kids. Making the playground even better is the landscaping surrounding it including small hills, rocks, pathways and trees.
Downtown – 225 13 Ave. S.W. (also known at 13 Ave Park)
Located next to the Parks Foundation Calgary building this huge playground has accessible flooring, a climber for big and little kids and a great ramp system.
Capitol Hill – 20th Avenue and 15th St. NW.
The playground was newly installed last year. This playground provides great opportunities for imaginative play and will have your kids begging to go to the dinosaur playground.
Westwinds/Castleridge – 233 Castleridge Blvd. NE.
Located on the South side of Prairie Winds Park this playground features accessible flooring, saucer swings and a huge Merry-go-round spinner (Apollo).
Sandstone – Sandarac Drive and Sandalwood Gate
This playground is excellent, it features accessible flooring, a large Merry-go-round spinner (Apollo) and a musical array. To top it off there is another really good playground just a short walk across the field.
Inglewood – 14th St and St. Monica Ave SE
This playground is within a beautiful little park with large mature trees. The park has a real community feel with picnic tables, a gazebo and outdoor carpet flooring making the play space accessible to everyone. This is one of the first playgrounds I reviewed and it is still one of my favorites.
Millrise – Corner of Millrise Drive and Millrise Way SW
This playground features plenty of choices for climbing and spinning and the rock features give it a cool look
Dover- 28 St and 30 Ave SE
This beautiful park has two fantastic playgrounds both with accessible flooring. The preschool playground is inside a fenced area along with a spray park. The school-aged playground is just up the hill and has equipment that will challenge and entertain even your biggest kids.
Along the Rotary Greenway – access from the community of Applewood
This playground features of this playground are shaped like rocks, logs, frogs and even a giant snake. This is a really unusual playground – it’s definitely worth a visit.
New Brighton – 2000 Brightoncrest GRN
Featuring accessible flooring and a cute treehouse theme this playground is sure to spark your child’s imagination.
Vista Heights – 1820 Valleyview Rd NE
This playground is geared towards toddlers and preschoolers. It features accessible flooring, a cute jungle theme and equipment perfect for their smaller size.
Renfrew 811 Radford Road N.E. (Beside the Renfrew Community Association – NOT the athletic park)
One of the best toddler playgrounds in the city. Your little ones will love running around a playground that is just their size.
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