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Inclusive playgrounds

Inclusive playgrounds

Playgrounds are public spaces that enable children to come together, learn from each other and build relationships. Inclusive playgrounds are meant to be engaging, fun spaces where everyone can play regardless of their abilities. These playgrounds challenge the most active children while also providing enclosed areas for quiet and creative play. Some have unique features like braille directional signage for those who are blind or partially sighted and accessible sway rides and swings. The equipment is easy to approach and use by children and caregivers with mobility devices and incorporates communication boards to help non-verbal individuals or those with hearing impairments communicate with friends and family.

There are 10 inclusive playgrounds being built across the City of Calgary which are anticipated to be open in fall 2021. These playgrounds were fast-tracked due to Alberta Government Municipal Stimulus Program funds.

Playground locations were chosen based on meeting the following requirements: existing playground onsite enabling easier development; site large enough to accommodate the larger format of an inclusive playground; access to either a parking lot, accessible street parking or close to major transit routes; preferably near a public washroom and; the route/pathway to the site is accessible.

Many of these playgrounds are being built in partnership with Parks Foundation Calgary including: Elliston Playground, Ted Harrison Playground, Ramsay Playground and Vivo Playground. For more information about these projects, please visit Parks Foundation Calgary. The City is also partnering with Variety – The Children’s Charity of Alberta to build a new addition to the South Glenmore/Variety Park inclusive playground.

The City aims to have one inclusive play space or recreational opportunity within a 5 km radius of every Calgarian as part of the Council-approved Inclusive Play Spaces Implementation Plan

Please contact 311 with your comments or questions about inclusive playgrounds. 

Inclusive playground locations


5050 Spruce Dr SW

Edworthy Inclusive Playground

Accessible parking, washrooms, shaded seating and paved pathway to western-themed playground that includes accessible tandem swings, ramps, braille signage, accessible rocking wagon and musical instruments.

17th Ave SE & 68 St SE

Elliston Inclusive Playground

Paved accessible parking, pit toilet, shaded seating and a paved pathway to the playground that includes a zip line, accessible swings, climbers, ramps and musical instruments.

10504 Hidden Valley Dr NW

Hidden Hut Inclusive Playground - NOW OPEN

Parking lot, no washrooms, shaded picnic benches and paved pathway to playground that includes ramps, saucer swing and an accessible spring teeter.

8415 24 St SW

Glenmore - South - NOW OPEN

Washrooms, accessible paved parking, shaded seating in gazebo and paved pathway to playground that includes a waterpark, ramps, enclosure area, musical instruments and roller slides.

7305 Crowchild Tr SW

Glenmore – North - NOW OPEN

Accessible paved parking, washrooms, shaded accessible picnic site, nearby water fountain and paved pathway to playground that includes a zip line, musical instruments and ramps.

Macdonald Ave SE and Bellevue Ave SE

Ramsay Inclusive Playground - NOW OPEN

Parking, no washrooms, paved pathway to three-tiered playground featuring a fully accessible spinner and ramps, slides and climbers.

4500 14A St SW

Sandy Beach Inclusive Playground - NOW OPEN

Accessible parking with some paved, washrooms, shaded seating, bookable picnic shelters nearby and paved pathway to playground that includes tandem swings, ramps and musical instruments.

Somerset Square SW

Somerset Inclusive Playground

Accessible parking on the street, washrooms (temporarily closed), shaded picnic tables, next to spray park (currently closed for renovations) and paved pathway to playground that includes a fully accessible merry-go-round, fully accessible rocking raft, saucer swing, rope climbers and ramps.

Taralake Way NE & Taradale Dr NE

Ted Harrison Inclusive Playground

Accessible parking spot on the street near the school, no washrooms , covered seating and paved pathway to playground with accessible swings, accessible rocker, rope climber and ramps.

Country Village Rd NE & Country Village Way NE

Vivo Inclusive Playground

Access to Vivo parking lot and public washrooms (temporarily closed), covered picnic shelter, barbecue and paved pathway to fenced playground including fully accessible sway ride, accessible swings, saucer swings, musical instruments and roller slide.

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