Community: Somerset- 999 Somerset Dr. S.W.
Parking: There is free street parking along the park.
Surrounding Park Area: Basketball courts, tennis courts, seasonal washroom, field, gazebo
Somerset Spray Park
Typically follows the city of Calgary schedule – mid-june-labour day 9am-9pm
The spray park is run by the Somerset Community Association but the land is owned by the City of Calgary and so is open for public use.
Features: Multiple spray park features. Washrooms are open seasonally.
Stroller/wheelchair access: There is a step down to get into the spray area. It would be accessible if you could get down the one step.
Seating: there are four benches set a bit back from the spray park so you won’t get wet while you watch. There is also some room to set up a spot with a blanket.
Overall assessment: This is a nice sized spray park with a lot of different spray features. Gordie found the sprays to be a little intimidating and wanted to hold my hand as he walked around. He enjoyed playing in the centre area the best by the drain and the smaller sprays. One interesting feature at this park is the steering wheels that you can turn to make 3 of the sprays more or less intense. Unfortunately one of the water features appears to be broken – no water ran through it while we were there.
The sprays at this park operate on a timer so if no one has used it in a while the sprays will be off. There is a button on a post near the steps that you need to press to turn the sprays back on.
Gordie’s Review (2 years old) – the climbers!
Age Range: 18 months – 10.
Ground Cover: Pea Gravel.
Features: 3 playground areas with curbs to keep the pea gravel inside. Area 1 – preschool playground: preschool climber with 2 slides, dinosaur climber, alligator climber and hippo tunnel climber. Area 2 – school-aged climber with twisty slide, 2 bouncy animals, 4 swings (2 baby). Area 3 – school-aged climber with slide, twisty slide and monkey bars.
Shade: Inside the play areas the equipment itself provides some shade. You can find shade under trees in the park area, but generally not right next to the playgrounds.
Seating: 3 benches and 3 picnic tables.
Stroller/wheelchair access: No access inside the play areas.
Overall assessment: The playground areas are a short distance from each other. They are close enough so that you could supervise kids in more than one area from the middle pretty comfortably. The school aged equipment is a bit older but still seems to have a lot of play value. Gordie could manage to get up both school aged climbers but had difficulty getting down by himself.
The preschool climber looks quite a bit newer. Gordie liked running over the bridge but didn’t find it especially challenging. It is great for little kids though as it has steps to get up. I saw some real little kids enjoying climbing up the low alligator and Gordie really liked climbing inside the hippo ‘tunnel’.
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