I’d like to rename this park “Dreamland”.
The Spruce Grove Rotary Playscape may quite possibly be the perfect park. Billed as the park that was “designed by kids, for kids”, the bright colours and endless choices of playground equipment offer something for everyone.
Parents will love the fact that the entire park is based in rubber flooring (no sand!), and that the perimeter is fenced. The main entrance is the only way in and out – perfect for those kiddos that might be tempted to wander.
The toddler area is exemplary. There’s a “treehouse” with appropriately-sized climbers and slides, a handful of spring-mounted riding toys, a music zone with drums, bells and bars, and a stage, perfect for your young performers. The audience can sit on a series of colourful stools that double as hopping toys.
The big kids’ park goes on forever. There’s a fabulous obstacle course area that offers options for going over, under, around and through. We loved the giant swirling climbing wall and the balance hoppers that were spring mounted for an extra challenge! (They make great imaginary surfboards!)
The central feature is an amazing rope pyramid. Climb it for fun, or navigate the ropes to get up onto the main structure that wraps much of the rest of the park.
There are slides and sliders, climbers of all varieties, rocks and bridges to traverse and even fossils to find! There are no individual swings, but there are two saucer swings that were regularly in use during our visit.
Two features of note that I haven’t encountered at other parks are unique spinners. One is a corkscrew-style spinner that sits on a bias. There’s no “mom, can you spin me” here, as rotation begins as soon as a kid’s feet leave the ground!
The second is a group of three spinning platforms. Little kids can sit or lie on them and spin themselves with their feet or hands. Big kids (and parents) can stand on them, hang on to the rotating wheels above and be thrown, quite literally, for a loop! If you like to be dizzy, these are for you!
This playground is big and bold and nonstop fun. We were there on a beautiful weekend day and the park was busy, but there are enough options that it didn’t feel overcrowded. From tiny toddlers to teens, kids were running around, jumping, climbing, chasing and performing. If chasing your kids around the park doesn’t provide enough of a workout, parents can get a little extra exercise on two hydraulic stair climbers located just outside the main entrance!
The Spruce Grove Rotary Playscape is located in the parking lot of the Tri Leisure Centre. There are plenty of benches and picnic tables on site and bathrooms can be accessed inside the rec centre.