What Makes a Great Playground?

When I am looking for playgrounds to review I’d like it to fit into at least one of the following categories:

1. A big playground

There are so many playgrounds in Calgary, I can’t review every little tot lot in Calgary. If nothing else, the playground should at least be a decent size.

Livingston Howse Manor Playground

2. A themed playground

Themes just make playgrounds better. This one below in Prestwick is pretty spectacular, but even a more subtle theme in an otherwise basic playgrounds makes it seem special.

Prestwick Pirate/Castle Park

3. A playground with unique equipment

Sometimes even decent playgrounds can seem monotonous because all the equipment is exactly the same as the playground down the street.

Cambrian Heights Playgrounds
Cambrian Heights Playground

4. A playground at a unique location

Sometimes the playground doesn’t have to be the focus at all if it’s located in a really interesting place.

5. A playground inside a great park

A beautiful park with pathways and picnic tables makes any playground better.

Edworthy Park Picnic Areas
Edworthy Park

6. An accessible/inclusive playground

I would pretty much review any playground that had accessible flooring. It’s not only beneficial for people in wheelchairs, it’s helpful for anyone with reduced motor skills and toddlers just learning to walk.

Inclusive playgrounds consider more than just flooring to help make sure everyone gets a chance to play with their friends.

Shouldice Park

7. Water features

Wading pool or spray park, water is just plain fun.

South Glenmore Park - Nautical Spray Park
South Glenmore Park

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2 thoughts on “What Makes a Great Playground?”

  1. Yay! I’m so excited to get back outside and go to the playgrounds now that the snow is melting. I have a feeling I’m going to turn into one of your reviewers because Every Time we pass a playground my daughter says “maybe we can go to the playground someday” in a very longing way. Our plan is to go to as many as possible this summer. We are getting a new Spray Park right by our house too (Canmore Park) so I will do a review of that once they finish it and it is warm enough to go. Who knows – maybe we will see each other out on the playground one of these days.


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