In no particular order here are this year’s picks for Calgary’s top playgrounds of 2022. These playgrounds represent some of the best from around the city. Some of the playgrounds have been on the list before but most of them are new this year.
South Glenmore Park just keeps getting better. This Variety Children’s Park was one of the first accessible playgrounds in the city. In recent years the park has gained a bike park as well as a music garden a short distance away from the main playground.
Last year, the main play area next to the spray park was replaced with a new inclusive playground. The only downside to this park is its popularity which can make it crowded and hard to park, particularly on hot days.
10504 Hidden Valley Dr NW
This playground is excellent and really well thought out. It provides exciting and inclusive play opportunities for kids of all ages and abilities. They have managed to include so many different elements in the space and the flow is great. A destination playground for sure.
651 McDougall Rd NE
Flyover Park is an eye catching inner city park that is unlike any other playground in the city. This playground looks really cool and the play value is really there too. Effort has been made to make this park appeal to people of many different ages.
7305 Crowchild Trail SW
This playground is located in a popular picnic park along the North side of the Glenmore reservoir.
There is a large variety of equipment that will appeal to both little kids and bigger kids including a double zipline and musical features.
Country Village Rd NE & Country Village Way NE
Located near Vivo recreation centre, this new playground is a great new place to play. It boasts some cool climbing features, a ground-level merry-go-round and a covered picnic area nearby.
Seton – 91 Seton Gardens SE
This eye catching inclusive playground in Seton is a great community space for people of all ages. The playground has a lot to offer from inclusive features like the accessible flooring to the covered picnic area as well as some super fun equipment like the tall tower and roller slide.
1827 68 St. S.E. (south of 17th ave between 60th and 68th)
Elliston Park is the home of Globalfest and is now also the home of a fun new inclusive playground. The park is a great place for a family picnic and the playground has a lot of popular features, like interesting climbing equipment, musical instruments and a giant web climber.
Ramsay – Macdonald Ave SE and Bellevue Ave SE
One of the coolest new playgrounds in Calgary, Ramsay Inclusive Playground is spread across two different tiers connected by an accessible pathway. The playground has really great views of downtown.
Shouldice Park – 4900 Monserrat Dr. N.W.
One of the most inclusive and best playgrounds in Calgary 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.
Taradale – 215 Taravista Way NE
The setting of this playground isn’t amazing but the playground itself is pretty great. The playground is fully fenced, has a huge ramp system and a interesting web climber in the centre of the play area.
Altadore – 4500 14A St. SW
The setting of this playground is lovely and the park also has great access to the elbow river. The playground has fun musical features, a fun 4 person seated spinner and a variety of swings.
Note: the parking lot here is fairly small for the popularity of the park
5600 Centre St N
This awesome new inclusive playground has accessible flooring throughout and includes two different tandem swings and a double zipline!
Applewood – Applestone Park – Applewood Drive SE & Applestone Park SE
This playground is huge and has features for kids of all ages and ability levels as well as many features making it great for children with special needs as well.
South Access – 5050 Spruce Dr. S.W. (Bow Tr. & Spruce Dr. S.W.)
North Access – Shaganappi Trail and 16th Avenue.
Edworthy Park has long been one of Calgarian’s favourite parks. The park is located along the river and has lot of trees and picnic spaces. It is now even better with this new inclusive playground that fits right into the scenic backdrop.
Westwinds/Castleridge – 233 Castleridge Blvd. NE.
Prairie Winds has two fantastic playgrounds. The nature-inspired north playground and an accessible south playground. They are both great playgrounds and only a short walk apart. Prairie Winds Park also has a free wading pool and spray park in the summer months.
Calgary Zoo – 210 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary, AB
Bugtopia is the Calgary Zoo’s newest playground. It is an immersive, nature inspired play experience designed for kids 2-12 years old. Regular admission to the Zoo is required.
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