Community: 1827 68 St. S.E. (south of 17th ave between 60th and 68th)
Parking: There are two parking lots: West access off of 60th street (by the playgrounds, rose garden and picnic areas), East access off of 68th street (by the off leash dog park)
Gordie’s Review – the playground!
Summer Features: wet pond, pathways, rose garden, interactive sundial, playgrounds, off leash dog park.
Winter Features: great toboggan hills
Also of Note: Elliston Park is the site of the annual ‘Global Fest Fireworks Competition’ and home of the first BirthPlace Forest.
Playgrounds: Near the West entrance there is a playground for kids under 10 and one for kids 10-15. Click here for a review of the playgrounds themselves.
Amenities: seasonal water fountain and washroom (near the playground)
Seating: picnic tables near the playground area and benches throughout the park.
Overall: This is located to the West of the East Calgary landfill site, but you didn’t know, you’d never guess. The dominating feature of this beautiful park is the storm water retention pond.
The pond is huge. I found it very difficult to capture how big it is, so you’ll just have to trust me, it’s big. If the pond gets too full, the park closes down. It’s also not able to be used for swimming, skating or boating. But it does give a beautiful backdrop to the park and is very tranquil.
The playgrounds are located to the South of the West parking lot.
There is a playground designed for 10 –15 year olds with unique equipment that won’t appeal to young kids. It’s set up in 4 sections with a little distance between each.
There is also a playground for kids under 10. It’s definitely not new and could use a little TLC, but it had great play value. Gordie and his cousins (1, 2.5 and 4 years) loved it and were all able to play independently for a long time.
Close to the playground is a picnic area with a gazebo. It’s near the water but not dangerously so. The picnic area is available for booking through the city of Calgary.
In the other side of the West parking lot is the rose garden. It was really beautiful – tons of the roses were in bloom while we were there.
A little further along there is an interactive sundial and some informational signs.
The off-leash dog area is located on the East side of the park and is best accessed via the East parking lot.
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