We’ve been doing a lot of travel within Alberta over the last couple of years seeking out all the great things for families right in our own backyard. Here are some of the best Edmonton Playgrounds North/West of the river.
Make sure you look at our list of awesome Edmonton playgrounds south of the river too. There is a map with both sets of playgrounds at the bottom of this post.
1. Brintnell Park Playground
Brintnell Blvd NW & 45 St NW
Many of Edmonton’s playgrounds have sand but this one has accessible flooring throughout. The shade isn’t great, but there are young trees and a gazebo nearby. There is a section for preschoolers, a natural-like area and a challenging climber for older kids too.
2. Florence Hallock School Playground
16437 87 St NW
This attractive school playground has a small amount of wood chips next to the accessible flooring but no sand. There are plenty of climbing opportunities but the zipline is what is going to make your kids rave about this playground and beg to go back.
3. Eaux Claires Playground
16103 95 St
Around the toddler climber at this playground there is a little tricycle track that little ones will adore riding around. The playground has a police/fire fighter theme that even includes an ATM and a jail. It also has accessible flooring throughout.
4. Castle Downs Playground
11520 153 Ave NW
One of Edmonton’s largest playgrounds also has a adjacent spray park and nearby skatepark. The playground features two ship themed climbers, a sand area with preschool climbers, swings and rock climbers. There is definitely something for everyone at this park.
5. Hudson Park
Cumberland Rd near 138 St NW
This playground has part sand, part pour-in-place recycled tire flooring and small adjacent spray park. There are two large climbers that feature cute embellishments like the giant orange fish below. There are also swings, a large rope spinner (apollo) and a gazebo in case you need to get out of the heat.
6. Elizabeth Finch School Playground
13815 160 Ave NW
This insect themed playground is sure to be a hit. Kids will love exploring the playgrounds natural features, bouncing on a dragon fly wing and climbing on a honeycomb. There is something for everyone from the littlest kids to big kids and a gazebo in case you need some shade.
2909 113 Ave NW
This playground also came highly recommended. The play equipment is spread out over a large shady area inside a beautiful park. The park features man made lakes, a paddleboat centre and mini-golf.
See more photos of Rundle Park Playground
7507 Borden Park Rd NW
This playground actually has three themed climbers all of which are pretty neat. This playground is best suited for kids around age 8 and under as older kids may not find the equipment challenging enough. Younger kids will love using the themed climbers in their imaginative play.
The park features large mature trees for shade, a pavilion with washrooms, artwork, picnic sites and flower gardens. The park is in the final stages of its revitalization project – in this final stage they will be turning the outdoor pool into a natural swim experience.
See more photos of Borden Park Playground
9. West Meadowlark Park
This playground features accessible flooring, a long climber than kids will love running along, a big climber wall, multiple swings and is right next to a spray park. Everything you want in one place and not so big that it’s hard to keep track of your kids.
10. Father Jan School Playground
15 Mission Avenue – St. Albert
There is a playground on either side of Father Jan School. This one is tucked in at the back. The playground features saucer swings, a big rope spinner (apollo) and a huge tube slide.
Additionally, it has an electronic playground structure. The equipment was working but unfortunately the primary screen was clouded over while we were there which made it difficult to see what game we were playing.
If you decide to go see it, here are the different games that you can play on it.
11. Woodlands Water Play Park and Playground
165 Sturgeon Road – St. Albert
In a lovely park with large mature trees, you can find the Woodlads Water Play Park. The spark park is large with many different kids of spray features and right next to it is this playground. Little kids will love the ramps and bigger kids will love the tall twisty slide and walking through the big fish.
12. Spruce Grove Natural Playground
Main Street and Mohr Avenue (may be better accessed from King Street) – Spruce Grove
This natural playground is built onto a hill. The playground has a mining theme with a slide built into the hill, a large rock and rope climber as well as many rocks and logs to play on.
13. Broxton Park School Playground
505 McLeod Ave – Spruce Grove
This playground is tucked around behind Broxton Park School. The playground has a huge web climber, saucer swings, a hexagon climber and as well as a large climber with a triple slide.
Looking for even more great playgrounds? Check out our list of awesome Edmonton playgrounds South of the river.
Hotel and Accommodations
We stayed at the Delta Edmonton South Hotel on this trip. Located along the #2 Highway the hotel is easy to get to from Calgary and provides quick access to many of Edmonton’s attractions including the West Edmonton Mall, the Edmonton River Valley, and Fort Edmonton.
The hotel is very family friendly. When you arrive the kids each get a little activity pack which makes you feel welcome right from the start. The rooms each have a a little kitchenette, complimentary bottled water and a playpen or rollaway cot if you need one.
The pool is nice and bright and has a few life jackets for the kids. We stayed in one of their Kidzone rooms which has a King bed and a small room with bunk beds for the kids. I found this really helped the kids fall asleep and made the rest of our evening nicer too. Each bunk bed has its own TV where the kids can watch DVDs from the lobby.
Disclosure: In order to facilitate these reviews, we were provided with accommodation in Edmonton by Delta South Edmonton.