Find Fun Downtown at McKay Avenue School Playground

McKay Avenue School Playground

McKay Avenue School Playground, photo by Jill Footz

“When you’re alone, and life is making you lonely
You can always go Downtown
When you’ve got worries, all the noise and the hurry
Seems to help, I know, Downtown
Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty
How can you lose?
The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares
So go downtown, things’ll be great when you’re Downtown,
No finer place for sure, Downtown, everything’s waiting for you.”

McKay Avenue School Playground

A beautiful new play space in an historic location. Photo by Jill Footz

The words of the iconic Petula Clark may never be more true than they are today. Residents of Edmonton’s Downtown neighbourhood are celebrating a special new spot where you really can forget all your troubles and forget all your cares. Downtown is now home to a brand new playground!

McKay Avenue School Playground

McKay Avenue School Playground, photo by Jill Footz

The fences are down and the new McKay Avenue School Playground is ready for fun! This small but mighty park sits just beyond the steps of the historic McKay Avenue School Archives and Museum building at 104 Street and 99 Avenue. What once was home to nothing but a sandbox now features a fresh coating of super spongy rubber playground flooring. It’s bright green with a hills and a ribbon of blue, designed to look like the City of Edmonton river valley.

McKay Avenue School Playground

Mesh bottom saucer swing, photo by Jill Footz

The play features are simple. A small double yellow slide will keep the toddler crowd entertained; a single saucer swing, designed with a mesh base, will comfortably carry a handful of kids; and a unique rope web will be perfect for climbers of all ages.

McKay Avenue School Playground

Rope climbing structure, photo by Jill Footz

A brick sign at the entrance to the park identifies it as R.J.W. (Dick) Mather Memorial Park. The space surrounding the new playground features a beautiful gazebo, several well-maintained flower beds lush with colour and a handful of benches. There is a water fountain, but not bathroom or porta-potty on site. The new park is located steps away from a coffee shop and a handful of other businesses.

McKay Avenue School Playground

McKay Avenue School Playground, photo by Jill Footz

McKay Avenue School Playground will no doubt be a welcome addition to the Downtown neighbourhood. Organizations that contributed to bringing this playground dream to reality include the Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Public Schools, City of Edmonton, Downtown Business Association, Downtown Edmonton Community League, Manasc Isaac Architects and 104th Street Committee. A grand opening celebration is expected to be held at the playground in July 2019.

McKay Avenue School Playground:

Where:  10425 – 99 Avenue, Edmonton
Website: archivesmuseum.epsb.ca

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