Inclusive playgrounds

Inclusive playgrounds

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.

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

Influence the design of future inclusive play areas by visiting the Inclusive Playgrounds Engage portal and answering a few questions about your experience at these unique City amenities.

Inclusive playground locations


Edworthy Park

Information:

  • Accessible parking
  • Washrooms (seasonal)
  • Shaded seating
  • Paved pathway to western-themed playground that includes 
    • accessible tandem swings 
    • ramps
    • braille signage
    • accessible rocking wagon 
    • musical instruments
    • communication board

Accessibility:
  • Mobility

  • White cane

Elliston Park

Address: 1827 68 St. SE
Information:

  • Paved accessible parking
  • Pit toilet
  • Shaded seating 
  • Paved pathway to the playground that includes:
    • a zip line
    • accessible swings 
    • climbers
    • ramps
    • musical instruments

Accessibility:
  • Mobility

  • White cane

Hidden Hut

Information:

  • Paved parking lot
  • No washrooms
  • Shaded picnic benches
  • Paved pathway to playground that includes:
    • ramps
    • saucer swing 
    • accessible spring teeter
    • communication board

Accessibility:
  • Mobility

  • White cane

South Glenmore Park

Address: 8415 24 St SW
Information:

  • Washrooms (seasonal)
  • Accessible paved parking 
  • Fenced
  • Shaded gazebo
  • Paved pathway to playground that includes:
    • a waterpark
    • ramps
    • enclosure area
    • musical instruments
    • roller slides

Accessibility:
  • Mobility

North Glenmore Park

Information:

  • Accessible paved parking
  • Washrooms (seasonal)
  • Shaded accessible picnic site
  • Nearby water fountain
  • Paved pathway to playground that includes:
    • a zip line
    • musical instruments
    • ramps
    • communication board

Accessibility:
  • Mobility

  • White cane

Ramsay Inclusive Playground

Information:

  • Parking
  • No washrooms
  • Paved pathway to two-tiered playground featuring:
    • fully accessible spinner
    • ramps
    • slides
    • climbers

Accessibility:
  • Mobility

  • White cane

Sandy Beach

Address: 4500 14A St. SW
Information:

  • Accessible parking with some paved
  • Washrooms (seasonal)
  • Shaded seating
  • Bookable picnic shelters nearby
  • Paved pathway to playground that includes:
    • tandem swings 
    • ramps 
    • musical instruments
    • communication board

Accessibility:
  • Mobility

  • White cane

Somerset

Information:

  • Accessible parking on the street
  • Washrooms
  • Shaded picnic tables
  • Next to spray park
  • Paved pathway to playground that includes:
    • fully accessible merry-go-round
    • fully accessible rocking raft 
    • saucer swing
    • rope climbers
    • ramps
    • communication board

Accessibility:
  • Mobility

  • White cane

Ted Harrison

Information:

  • Accessible parking
    • on the street near the school
  • Fenced
  • No washrooms
  • Covered seating
  • Paved pathway to playground includes:
    • accessible swings
    • accessible rocker
    • rope climber
    • ramps

Accessibility:
  • Mobility

Vivo

Information:

  • Access to Vivo parking lot
  • Public washrooms (temporarily closed)
  • Fenced
  • Covered picnic shelter
  • Barbecue
  • Paved pathway to playground including:
    • fully accessible sway ride
    • accessible swings
    • saucer swings
    • musical instruments
    • roller slide

Accessibility:
  • Mobility

Many of these playgrounds were built in partnership with Parks Foundation Calgary including: Elliston Playground, Ramsay Playground, Ted Harrison Playground, and Vivo Playground.

For more information about these projects, please visit Parks Foundation Calgary.

Playground location criteria

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.

What is an inclusive playground?

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.

Many of these playgrounds were fast-tracked due to Alberta Government Municipal Stimulus Program funds.

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