Applestone Park Playground is a giant accessible playground with two climbing setups based on difficulty and many swings. Here’s our review, so you know what to expect when visiting (+more family-friendly activities at the end).
There are ten new accessible playgrounds around Calgary. And while we love visiting them, there are certain downsides that some people won’t enjoy. For example, North Glenmore Park Inclusive Playground is fantastic but can be very busy, or the new creative 4th Avenue Flyover Park Playground, which might be too loud as it is located near a highly-trafficked road.
So if you’re looking for a playground away from all the noise, Applestone Park Playground is for you.
The playground is located in a small park east of Calgary’s downtown, close to Stoney Trail, in a residential area.
One climbing setup is for small toddlers with many ramps, slides, activity panels, and a pretend play booth. Several different swings are located in the middle. And then there’s a climbing setup for older kids with climbing walls, monkey bars, and high slides.
This post is part of the series about the best playgrounds in Calgary.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Applestone Park Playground.
Info about the Applestone Park Playground
- Location: 188 Applewood Drive SE, Calgary, AB T2A 7P8, Map
- Parking: Free street parking
- Age range: 2-12 years (our son has enjoyed the playground since 18 months)
- No public washroom
Applestone Park Playground
The first big climbing structure is built on a soft surface and is suitable for smaller toddlers or disabled kids. It has a ramp system across the climbing structure with activity panels, drums, a double slide, a twisting slide, and a picnic sway swing. There are several climbing options onto the big structure.
On one side of the structure are two saucer swings, a musical feature, and a tree spinner. And on the other, there’s a little booth for pretend play with a shop window, a fire pit inside, and a mushroom picnic table and chairs.
The middle of the playground features swings and more climbing options. On a gravel surface, there are six swings – one accessible swing, two baby swings, three regular swings, and a big rope climber for older kids with a spinner nearby.
When we visited in April, the snow was melting and created some water pools under the swings, but no big deal as you can always shove more gravel under your foot and swing your kid.
The second climbing structure also has a soft surface and many climbing options. There are climbing walls, monkey bars across the whole structure and several tall slides. It looked pretty challenging, and I would guess it’s suitable for five-year-olds and up.
The playground has several seating options – benches scattered around and a shaded gazebo with a picnic table. A nice paved path goes across the park to practise biking skills for kids or have a picnic on the grass.
What’s close by
Apart from houses, there’s not much around as the playground is set in a residential area. You can pair the visit with a Costco or Walmart shopping across the Stoney Trail. Or even better, visit the nearby new inclusive playground at Elliston Park with a pond, bike path and lovely nature views.
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- Creative Kids Museum at Telus Spark Science Centre
- Calgary Zoo
- Sikome Lake
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- Early Learning Centres in Calgary Public Libraries
- Cobb’s Adventure Park
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Have you been to this playground? What do you think?