This reclaimed urban park in Calgary just won a major award for creativity


What’s old is new again and what’s new is new – just won a prize! Rehabilitated in 2018, Bridgeland’s 4th Avenue Aerial Playground has since been admired for bringing attention to forgotten urban spaces. Four years after its revitalization, it was rightly recognized by the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association as one of the best parks around.

Last weekend, the team responsible for the beloved project received the 2021 Parks Excellence Price including former recipients included those behind other innovative spaces like Discovery Canyon in Red Deer, Poppy Plaza in Calgary and Riel Recreational Park in St. Albert.

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Photo Via Parks Foundation Calgary

Inspired by similar urban parks in New York, Boston, Miami and Toronto, this particular project (which is the first of its kind in Western Canada) took years to plan and now sees dozens of people every day, despite its dark and ‘ sometimes dangerous past.

With slides, games, swings, high impact lighting and beautiful murals, the Downtown Playground is now a vibrant, safe and fun place for children of all ages to come and play and having fun – an achievement we think is more than worthy of such an accolade – great job, folks!

If you haven’t visited the park, but would like to, bundle up and head to the address below! Believe us when we say it will be hard to imagine the space as anything other than the colorful place it is now.


Where: 651 McDougall Rd NE, Calgary, AB


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