A 30+ degree heat wave blasted Calgary last week and it drove my family to find a place to cool down. Nothing beats an outdoor pool for kids in the summer and we love Riley Park. Riley Park has a humongous wading pool with an island in the centre, lots of trees for shade and a nearby playground – the perfect trifecta to keep kids busy, parents happy and everyone staying cool.
The Riley Park wading pool is maintained by the City of Calgary and offers flush toilets, water fountains and a concession stand in case you need a popsicle or a water gun. Riley Park pool is open from 5 am – 11 pm there is no cost, just pull up a blanket or chair. There is free street parking if you are willing to walk a few block or paid city parking in the lot adjacent to the pool.
After the kids were completely water-logged, festival music drew us across the field – it sounded like there was a fun party nearby. The music was being played by a couple of kids banging on bongos and xylophone musical toys at the playground. The large playground on the west end of Riley Park offers a wide-range of climbing fun for toddlers to tweens. The wobbling egg and big-kid baby swing were a huge hit with my daughter as well as the bongos.
If you head to Riley Park on Saturdays during the summer between 11:00 am and 3:30 pm your kids will be able to catch a story and enjoy some crafts at Dr Seuss in the Park, hosted by volunteers from the University of Calgary Student Union.
Did you know you don’t have to travel all the way to Hogwarts Academy to play Quidditch? Every Monday night during the summer the Calgary Quidditch Club is offering free drop-in introductory sessions at Riley Park funded by ParticipACTION 150 Playlist. These sessions include an introduction to Quidditch, followed by real Quidditch games. The sessions are open to anybody and everybody of all ages.
Riley Park Contact Info:
Where: Hillhurst Community
Address: 800 12 St. N.W.
Hours: 5:00 am – 11:00 pm
Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.