Inclusive playground locations
Playground location criteria
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
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.
See what feedback the public provided in our What We Heard Report at the Inclusive Playgrounds Engage portal.
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.
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.