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.

Through funding available via the Alberta Government Municipal Stimulus Program, plans for 10 inclusive playgrounds went into planning. 9 of those 10 were completed and opened in the fall of 2021 with the remaining location scheduled in 2022. 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 has also partnered with Variety – The Children’s Charity of Alberta to build a new addition to the South Glenmore/Variety Park inclusive playground.


We have also provided a map with locations and added information for each at the bottom of this page.

Please note which playgrounds are OPEN while some are still in planning and development.



Please help us evaluate our inclusive playgrounds by providing input to the questions below.

Input gathered will help to inform us with potential future design features on our next round of accessible playground builds.

Inclusive playground locations

Please click on the info points below to learn more.

For brief descripiton of the playground see tiles below. If you wish to see a more detailed google map location please click on the corresponding tile.





NEXT STEPS

The 10 playgrounds listed here are either open or in development. Please visit these locations and let us know what your expirience was like. Future builds will be influenced by your feedback.