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