Community: 905 30 Ave NW
Parking: free lot parking
Gordie’s Review (8 years old): “I liked the slide. And I like how the play can be really open ended.”
Nicky’s Review (5 years old): “I liked the cool saucer swing, and cool climber thing, climbing up the canoe, and turning the water up at the sand. Everything but the big slide.”
Robbie’s Review (2 years old): Very interested in the sand area. I will bring a change of clothes next time for sure.
Age Range: 2-12 years
Ground Cover: Primarily wood chips. sand by small slides, pour-in-place recycled tire beside the slides.
Shade: Large mature trees
Features: Large fort climbing structure with monkey bars inside and long slide, 5 swings (1 baby, 1 saucer, 1 garden swing), over turned canoe climbing structure, bowl spinner, small double slide, sand area with water hand pump
Surrounding Park Area: pathways with bridges and grassy areas. Picnic grills, water fountain, washrooms (short walk away).
Accessibility: pathways to the play area.
Seating: picnic table, large rock seating, wood benches and a couple of traditional benches.
Overall assessment: This new playground was designed by Earthscape as part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebration. The playground is pretty different from most of Calgary’s playgrounds. 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. The ground cover includes both sand and wood chips – I personally recommend shoes (instead of sandals) at this playground. It is also one of the only playgrounds with a water pump in the city. Younger kids will probably love playing in the wet sand (a change of clothes may be advisable). Older kids will love scaling the fort, going down the tall slide and testing their skills on the over turned canoe.
This is not the biggest playground in Calgary, but I love the concept and set up. I hope to see more playgrounds like this in the future.