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, 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
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.
Vivo Inclusive Playground - NOW OPEN
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.