Elliston Park actually has two playgrounds. A new inclusive playground and an older playground aimed at jr high/middle schoolers.
Community: 1827 68 St. S.E. (south of 17th ave between 60th and 68th)
Parking: West parking lot off of 60th street
Washroom: pit toilet
Surrounding Park Area: Storm water retention pond, pathways, Rose Garden, Off leash dog park, interactive sundial.
Click here for a review of Elliston Park itself
Playground 1: Elliston Park Inclusive Playground
Nicky’s Review (10 years old): “I liked how there were different sections of the park in different spots. I liked all the monkey bars and how there was a place by the monkey bars where you could do random stuff on it.”
Robbie’s Review (7 years old): “I liked that there were lots of places that I could sleep.”
Age Range: 2-12 years
Ground cover: pour-in-place recycle tire flooring
Features: Climber with ramps, overhead features, slides; accessible zipline; ground level merry-go-round; web climber; musical features; saucer swing; roller table; 3 swings (1 accessible tandem swing, 1 baby).
Accessibility: The play area has accessible flooring throughout. The main climber has a 3-level ramp has with activity panels and room to turn around.
There are musical, visual and auditory features. The tandem swing has an accessible seat as does the zipline. The playground also has an accessible merry-go-round and a roller table.
Shade: There are some trees near the playground. There is also some shade provided by the playground itself and there is shaded seated on the west side of the play area.
Seating: There are a few benches and picnic tables and additional seating further back from the playground.
This playground is a great addition to this park and the larger area. Kids of all ages and abilities will be able to play together and everyone can get in on the play.
The park is a great place to explore, have a picnic and observe the creatures living in the water, making it a great destination for a family day at the park.
The playground has some great features for young kids and the ramps and flooring makes it easy for them to explore the space. There is also some great climbing features to challenge older kids. The musical features and merry-go-round will be a hit with everyone.
Playground 2: Jr High Playground
Age Range: 10 -15 years
Ground Cover: sand.
Features: 4 equipment sections with some space between.
Seating: Some of the playground features is seating
Overall assessment: This is a really unique playground. The equipment offers very little to young kids which makes sense as the playground is geared towards older kids.
It is set back from the pathways and a little higher up giving some feeling of seclusion, however it is very near to the parking lot so it is easy to check up on. I haven’t actually seen the playground being used by its target age group, but my 10 year old did enjoy some of the features.
I think it’s great that somebody tried to find something to cater to this age group and wish there were more places that were trying to provide creative spaces for older kids that aren’t into basketball or skateboarding.
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