Haysboro Natural Playground

Update: Since our original review, the playground now features a ‘log jam’, recycled tire flooring surrounding the slide as well as new rocks. Pictured below.

Location – map
: Haysboro – 1204 89th Ave SW
Parking: Free lot and street parking

Haysboro Natural Playground

Gordie’s Review (7 years old): “Kind of everything was the best.”
Nicky’s Review (4 years old): “I liked the slide that was big, the thing I practiced on and that.” [the rope nest and the log path]
Robbie’s Review (16 months old): Loved challenging himself on the hills and the freedom to walk around and explore.

Age Range: All ages.
Ground Cover: pea gravel

Shade: plentiful. Big mature trees and as well as newly planted trees that will be great as they mature.
Features: natural playground features – hills, big slide, little slide, rope nest, 4 swings (2 baby), rocks and logs, labyrinth

Surrounding Park Area: Grassy area, outdoor rink, Haysboro community centre, Haysboro School (and playground)

Accessibility: None.
Seating: a few picnic tables and log benches

Overall assessment:

[Update: My now 9 year old and 6 year old really enjoyed the log jam feature. It’s a great piece of equipment for kids and adults too!]

This playground is new last year (2015) and is the most ‘natural’ natural playground in Calgary right now. The playground is quite different from a more traditional metal and plastic playground and provides different kinds of challenges that kids can miss out on in the city.

This is the first phase of their plan. The 2nd phase is expected to be completed in 2017 and will include more features like a full body climbing structure, tunnel, loose part play learning garden and more! [Parts of this, such as the garden and full body climbing structure – log jam – are now in place]

At first my oldest (7) was a little underwhelmed looking at the playground at first. But once he started playing he absolutely loved it. He set out ‘obstacle course’ routes that involved running up and down the hills to the different park elements. Later on he was having a blast having races down the big slide with some of the other kids are the park.

My 4 year old also had a great time. She found the rope nest really challenging at first but was so proud of herself when she figured it out.

Haysboro Natural Playground

I also found it worked well for my toddler. He was able to roam around fairly freely without getting into much trouble. He liked trying to walk up and down the hills, putting rocks on the little slide and stepping up onto the low stumps.

At many playgrounds right now he can end up quickly getting higher than he should be – this park is a lot less stressful as the only way he can really get into trouble is wandering off too far.

I think this playground has great play value and I hope to see more playgrounds like it in the future.

Video Review:

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