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Ralph Klein Park Natural Playground Project

Artists rendering of nature playground

​Ralph Klein Regional Park is the only regional park in the far southeast of Calgary. It is surrounded by constructed storm water wetlands and is host to water’s edge trails, an urban orchard, and award winning programs at its Environmental Education Centre.

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In 2017 we announced TD Bank’s $500,000 sponsorship to construct a new natural playground at Ralph Klein Park. The natural playground is an important part of The City’s plan to optimize the existing parks network and ensure Calgarians have access to healthy and active lifestyles.

As part of this project we engaged grade three, four and five students from Fish Creek School, McKenzie Towne School, Haysboro School and Penbrooke Meadows School to help with ideas for the playground design. Students provided feedback on the equipment and features they would like to see at the new play area.

The natural playground design focuses on the watershed theme, telling the story of how water moves from the mountains down to the wetlands. The playground will feature a climbing wall, hiding areas, a zip line, loose parts and a sand play area. Each feature demonstrates the connectivity of humans, wildlife and natural habitats. The expected completion date is summer 2018.

 ”Currently Ralph Klein Park does not have a play area and with TD Bank’s sponsorship, The City is now able to offer a creative outdoor playground. We hope the natural play space will inspire active and creative outdoor play, and connect people – young and old – to nature.”
– Anne Charleton, Director Calgary Parks

With the help of our sponsors and partnerships, we hope to bring projects like this to more of Calgary’s communities. Our goal is to be a steward of the environment and to increase public awareness about the environment through our local parks and programs.

Sponsored by:

Common Ground Project TD