Eau Claire Plaza 3 St. & Riverfront Ave. S.W. (by Eau Claire market – 200 Barclay Parade S.W.)
Parking: At and around Eau Claire market (Eau Claire parkade has cheap parking on the weekends) or in the parking lot off Memorial Drive just East of 3rd St. NW.
Eau Claire Wading Pool and Toddler Playground
The wading pool is typically open mid-June until Labor Day. Open 9am-9pm.
Features: 2 Wading pool areas. Pool A has a small sprayer in the centre. Pool B has shallower and deeper areas, a small water sprays and 3 water sprayers that can spin. The toddler playground has a toddler climber with 3 slides, 4 seater bouncer, 2 dinosaur climbers and 2 mushroom seats. Washrooms, water fountains and treat concessions are open seasonally.
Shade: There are a number of large mature trees that provide good shade.
Surrounding Park Area: The surrounding area is more of a plaza than a park. It has has outdoor festival area, amphitheatre, eau claire market (great indoor playground). It is just a short walk across the bridge to get to Prince’s Island Park.
Seating: there are a number of benches as well as concrete walls you can sit on.
We’ve now been here many times. This past year, the area has gotten a brand new playground and the spray features were replaced. Although I’m sure there are busy times, it seems to be one of the quieter water parks in Calgary. The flooring in the wading pools isn’t slippery and only gets to be about knee height. The playground is right next to the pools so the little kids can easily switch from one to the other. The area is fairly compact so unless your kids are really little you can probably comfortably supervise them from one spot.
If you are thinking of going here, I’d highly recommend planning on taking the short walk across to Prince’s Island Park too