May 2021: We’ve heard that the City of Calgary is building TEN new accessible playgrounds in 2021!
Time flies when you’re having fun, and the new accessible playground at Shouldice Park isn’t exactly new anymore. It was past time for us to check out this amazing playground and my big kids were happy to oblige and came with me for a visit.
The playground is in Shouldice Park, behind the tennis courts, near several picnic tables and lots of trees. The river is not far away, but far enough to not be a worry. There is a small parking lot, but it was pretty busy when we went on a warm July afternoon, and I was happy to see seasonal washrooms. (Somebody always needs to go.)
With accessible ramps and features suitable for any age or ability, plus climbers and monkey bars to offer a challenge, every kid can find something at this playground. The poured rubber ground cover is always nice, too. There were activity panels, photo opportunity boards, and several musical features to enhance the active play.
What kind of swing does your child need or want? Shouldice Playground probably has it. There are a couple of baby swings, a saucer swing, and two accessible swings, plus two regular swings and a cool 2-person swing where kids can sit facing each other. There are lots of ways to soar! The 2-person swing was the favourite of my kids.
Kids can climb to their heart’s content at this playground! Flat climbers, round climbers, bars, and a toddler climber offer all kinds of ways to the top! Corkscrew slide or roller slide, kids will have lots of ways to get down once they get to the top.
With wide, wheelchair-friendly ramps and accessible swings and a merry-go-round, this is a fabulous playground for those with physical challenges or little legs and lots of features to add interest. If your kids prefer to spin, check out the spinning globe climber, the 4-person accessible merry-go-round, or even the 4-person teeter-totter.
Spend a couple of hours swinging, sliding, spinning, and loving your summer life! Combine it with a visit to the Shouldice Aquatic Centre and a stop for ice cream, and it’s a full day of fun!