Flyover Park Playground is the most creative playground in Calgary, with playful structures for kids and adults. Located in the beautiful Bridgeland neighbourhood, restaurants, cafés, and Bow River Pathway are just a short walk away. Here’s our review, so you know what to expect when visiting (+more family-friendly activities at the end).

What used to be a sad and dodgy little space under an overpass has been recently turned into a bright and colourful meeting space for neighbours and kids. The creative use of the space and building of the Flyover Park Playground has been recognized with the 2021 Parks Excellence Award.

This post is part of the series about the best playgrounds in Calgary.

bamboo jungle at 4th Avenue Flyover Park Playground

Bridgeland neighbourhood is one of our favourites in Calgary with its cozy vibe and many different things to do. We often visit Bridgeland Community Centre playground, and ice cream shops or hop over the bridge and bike on the Bow River Pathway or visit St. Patrick’s Island. The Flyover Park Playground has quickly become another go-to place with our 2-year-old son.

slide at 4th Avenue Flyover Park Playground

The 4th Avenue Flyover Park playground has a soft floor, two big slides, climbing structures, a tandem swing, regular swings, a bamboo jungle climber for kids & adults, and lots of games accessible from the play box.

There are benches and a lovely green space for adults to relax.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 4th Avenue Flyover Park playground.

Info about the 4th Avenue Flyover Park playground:

  • Location: in Bridgeland – Riverside, 651 McDougall Rd NE, Calgary, AB T2E 4Z7, Map
  • Parking: Free 1-hour parking on McDougall Road during the week & free unlimited parking on weekends
  • Age range: all ages
  • No public washroom in the area

4th Avenue Flyover Park playground

Playground features

Several playful structures are scattered around the Flyover Park. The hill has a fun and very long rollerslide and a regular slide with ropes and nets around for climbing. The tandem swing, or friendship swing, is my favourite in the park, where I can swing with my son.

slide at 4th Avenue Flyover Park Playground

swing at 4th Avenue Flyover Park Playground

The green bamboo-looking poles are great for climbing for older kids and adults, and the sign explains how to use this jungle gym with four different difficulties.

bamboo jungle at 4th Avenue Flyover Park Playground

A play box by the bamboo poles offers several family-friendly games – shuffleboard, ping pong, ladder toss, tetherball, bocce, jumping plates for kids, chalk, and pylons.

4th Avenue Flyover Park Playground

For older kids, there are two regular swings and a ping pong table.

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Relax options

The playground has several seating options – benches, huge colourful half-balls or a grass area. The planted greenery, flowers, and murals make it a nice place to hang out.

4th Avenue Flyover Park Playground

What’s close by

The huge Murdoch Park with Bridgeland Community Centre playground is a walking distance away, together with Papa Murphy’s Pizza which I highly recommend, Village Ice Cream, and Starbucks.

4th Avenue Flyover Park Playground

A bridge over Memorial Drive leads to a Bow River Pathway and St. Patrick’s Island with another playground. Trout Beach is an enjoyable place on the island where kids can splash around in a shallow part of Bow River runoff. St. Patrick’s Island also hosts many free family-friendly events such as outdoor movies and concerts. Check out the event calendar for the current program.

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Have you been to this playground? What do you think?


 

About Maya Steiningerova

Heyo, I’m Maya! An adventure athlete currently living near the Canadian Rockies with my partner in crime Michal. I love running in the mountains, jumping in the ice cold lakes, mountain biking and trying not so common activities, such as mountaineering. By showing that an ordinary person can live an extraordinary life, my hope is to inspire you to live an adventurous life and provide you with tips and tools for your own adventure.