Have you ever taken the time to explore the playgrounds outside of your own neigborhood? Over the past couple of weeks, we have ventured out of the suburbs, packed some picnic lunches and discovered some fantastic playgrounds in Edmonton – and found a couple of new favorites. Here are ten parks that can get you out of your suburb-ubble.
1/ Borden Park Playground
The large tree trunk structure and vast green space, with close proximity to one of the central Edmonton outdoor pools is one of the reasons that we love this park. You can climb on a bear, have a picnic and enjoy the green space. During the summer, stash some mosquito repellent in your bag.
Where: 7507 Borden Park Road
2/ Jackie Parker Playground
This playground is huge. If you’re searching for a place to play that’s going to be exciting for the entire time you’re at the park – you’ve come to the right place. It’s huge, so you’re going to want to make sure that there’s a good parent to kid ratio and it’s not the best place to bring the kids if you want to catch up on a bit of reading while you’re there – but it’s very fun.
Where: 4540 50 Street NW
3/ Ramsay Heights Playground
Ramsay Heights has one of the best structures to play ‘lava tag’ on, with tons of space to run around on the structure itself and a nice big platform in the structure that’s perfect for playing ‘picnic’. There’s a slide that begs to be climbed up, and the ‘pancake swings’ as the girls call them. They didn’t forget about the younger children though, as there are some fantastic areas for the younger children to play while you’re there.
Where: 15130 43 Avenue
4/ Brintnell Playground
Brintnell playground has one of the coolest toddler parks around. It’s worth a drive to the area so they can hone their ‘rope climbing’ skills and slide on the fun play structures. Plus, it’s accessible and no sand means that you’re not going to be cleaning up sand in the car until the end of time. Little kids can climb on the low rocks, see who can balance the farthest on the log and head over to the bigger kid play area to top it off.
Where: Brintnell Blvd + 45 Street
5/ Castle Downs Playground
Cool climbing ropes, close proximity to the splash park and an awesome sideways house structure that begs to be climbed on and the pirate ship park in Edmonton are three of the reasons that you need to check out the Castle Downs playground.
Where: 153 Ave + 117 Street
6/ Broadmoor Lake, Sherwood Park
Opening July 1, this playground is going to have the best slide in the city, with access to a spray park right beside. The slide is full of adventure, similar to the slide at the Telus Spark in Calgary. The other structures include a pirate ship, traditional climbing structures and water features for kids of all ages. This playground is huge, and comes with the added bonus of the green space, Farmer’s market during the week and a path around the lake to walk/run/bike.
Where: Broadmoor Lake, Sherwood Park
7/ Kinsmen Grizzly Bear Lodge Playground
Green space, a natural feel and the resident Grizzly bear climber are three of the reasons that you’re going to want to visit the playground. A wonderful view of the city, it would make the perfect addition to your places to picnic in Edmonton list. In addition the classic slides in the hill, there are fantastic new climbing structures including rocks, caves, bears and climbing ropes and four different park areas for the kids to explore. Plus, all summer long the playground is staffed with a green shack member, daily from 10-6 to entertain and engage the kiddos.
Where: Kinsmen Park, 9100 Walterdale Hill
8/ Father Jan School Electronic Playground – St. Albert
Similar to the indoor structure that can be found at Millennium Place in Sherwood Park, this outdoor electronic playground that has lights to play games, while getting active with a purpose at the playground. This is cool, great for kids that are a bit older that might be ‘bored’ at the playground and a perfect way to get out and active, as you join in with the kids. It’s active between 7:30 am until 10 pm, ensuring that everyone has a chance to enjoy the game.
Where: 15 Mission Avenue
9/ Spruce Grove Natural Park
Looking for somewhere to play in Spruce Grove? The Natural park is our top choice for active play. Watch those toddler skills develop as they climb across the ropes, and climb up higher than even they thought they could.
Where: Main Street and Mohr Avenue
10/ Greenfield School Playground + Greenfield Community Playground
After a bunch of messages, it’s clear that I missed one of the most awesome parks in the city. Check out Greenfield Park for a fantastic for kids that want to maneuver and climb through the playground, plus a kid-friendly slide and a great size to be able to sit on the sidelines and watch the kids play amongst themselves. Those climbing rings look like our little monkeys would have a blast on them. Also, just down the road, check out the community playground that’s been recommended a bunch of times.