We spent a day this summer checking out some of the best Cochrane playgrounds. We found 7 great playgrounds and while we were there we also enjoyed some ice cream at MacKay’s. Do you know of a playground that should be on this list?
1. Sunset Ridge Playground
Sunset Ridge – Sunset Road and Sunset Blvd
This playground almost made me want to move to Cochrane. The park has a pond with picnic spots and a pathway. The playground itself is large with a section for toddlers, one for older kids and another with equipment shaped like rocks and logs. The area is beautifully landscaped with large rocks that provide another opportunity for play. Any community would be lucky to have a play park like this one.
Griffin Road and Cowboy Trail (highway 22)
This playground is part of the redevelopment of the Riverfront Park area. It just opened this month and wasn’t quite open yet when we visited. It features equipment made from natural materials like logs, stumps and trees. It also features picnic tables and firepits.
See more pictures of Riverfront Park Natural Playground
3. Heartland Playground
Heartland – Horseshoe Crescent
My kids loved this playground. The little dome at the back reminded them of a moon cave and they immediately started playing space explorers. The playground is bright with a bridge, lots of slides, baby swings and saucer swings. The park is right on the west edge of the city giving it a great view of the mountains too.
4. William Camden Park Playground
Between Glenwood Crescent and Glenbrook Crescent
This playground is also known as spider park for the large web climber. It also has a nice climber with a wobbly bridge and a flying fox. It’s located in a lovely park with beautiful large trees.
5. Centennial Park Playground
William St and Pope Ave
This playground has an amazing ramp system that anyone unsteady on their feet will appreciate. Wheelchairs can travel through the climber and throughout the playground. Toddlers will love running up and down the ramps. There is also outdoor fitness equipment alongside the park.
6. Riviera Park Playground
Riviera Way and Riviera Crescent
The parking at this playground is a little tricky. It’s located at a roundabout where you can’t park and there’s a lot of construction in the area as well. The playground features a small toddler climber as well as a school-age climber with tree shaped equipment and a big hollow log.
7. Fireside Playground
Fireside – Fireside Gate
This playground is easy to find but a little hard to park. The playground is directly in front of you when you enter the neighborhood but there is no parking at the playground entrance. The playground features accessible flooring and a large climber with gazebos, slides and climbing walls.
Bow Valley Trail
The Cochrane Ranch historical site does not have a playground. It does have public washrooms, picnic spots, pathways and large grassy areas. It also features a new museum and is a popular place for events.
What’s your favorite Cochrane Playground?
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