This is a list of the best playgrounds I’ve found in NW Calgary. Is there a playground you think should be on this list?
Shouldice Park – 4900 Monserrat Dr. N.W.
One of the most inclusive playgrounds in the city will be a hit with kids of all ages and abilities. This playground is located in a lovely park and includes musical features, tons of options for spinning, swinging and bouncing, a huge ramp system and interesting climbers.
Bowness – Bowness Park – 8900 48 Ave. N.W.
One of Calgary’s most popular parks for years, now has an excellent playground as well. Younger kids will love the ramps and the train structure and older kids will love running up high on the bigger climber. Bowness Park also has many other great features including a wading pool and miniature train.
Capitol Hill – 20th Avenue and 15th St. NW.
This playground provides great opportunities for imaginative play and will have your kids begging to go to the dinosaur playground.
Brentwood – 3023 Blakiston Dr NW
This playground is located in a lovely little park with nearby picnic tables and mature trees. There is a preschool area with musical features and just across the pathway another area with more challenging climbing equipment.
6502 58 St NW
This playground has features that will appeal to kids of all ages. Little ones will love the ease that they can run around and going up and down the slide, older kids will love the overhead features and everyone will love the saucer swings and Apollo spinner.
Brentwood – Northmount Drive and Brantford Drive NW
Brentwood School Playground offers some unique equipment is large and varied. It is best for school aged children but there are some things younger kids will enjoy as well.
Carrington – Symons Valley Parkway & 14 St NW
This playground features accessible flooring, challenging equipment, a roller slide and a zipline.
Collingwood – along Collingwood Drive just south of Northmount Drive NW.
This playground is huge with tons of great equipment for kids of all ages. It’s lacking a bit (okay a lot) in shade but the playground itself is fantastic.
905 30 Ave NW
This playground was designed to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and includes a tipped over canoe climbing sculpture, multi level fort with huge slides, a water pump and sand area and swings. The play space itself is set up as more of a social space, with seating integrated into the play area, rather than just along the perimeter.
Edgemont Drive and John Laurie Blvd NW
You can see this playground as you drive along John Laurie. But what you can’t see is how awesome it actually is. This playground offers popular traditional features like ramps and slides as well as natural-like rock and log features. And a train!
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.
Tuscany – 357 Tuscany Dr NW
The equipment at this playground is really unusual for a school playground. It includes accessible flooring a multi-kid spinner, a roller slide and an awesome web climber.
240 Cardiff Dr. NW. (just east of Northmount Dr.)
This is a great park with a huge level of variety for different ages and ability levels. The only thing it is missing is a preschool play structure but there is still a lot of other things to amuse younger children. There is also a preschool playground close enough so you could supervise older children from there.
9 St and 21 Ave NW
This playground is large and has a number of really cool features including the artificial log and rock features. Even though the playground is designed for kids 5-12 there is a lot that will appeal to younger kids as well.
Tuscany – 65 Tuscany Hills Rd NW
The equipment at this park is set up in a circuit-like pattern. It was designed to be challenging and support the middle school’s phys ed and fitness programs.
Sage Hill – Symons Gate – 42 Sage Bluff Gate NW
This park has colourful accessible flooring, a great slide and some fun unusual equipment.
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