Edmonton has over 460 official parks. No matter where you live, there’s a park nearby! Each park offers something a little bit different - whether that be a playground, skate park, hiking trail, picnic site, or frequent wildlife sightings. There’s something for everyone at Edmonton’s Parks.
The North Saskatchewan River
22 of Edmonton’s 460 parks run along a 48km section of the North Saskatchewan River. These well maintained, scenic hiking trails offer endless inspiration for discovery and photography!. Full scale copies of these maps are also available at City Hall, City Libraries, Public Health Units and some retailers. These trails are designed for maximum accessibility. For example, River Valley Parks are a minimum of 2.5m wide, and paved! Consult your map before heading out, as some trails are gravel and may not be suitable for wheelchairs or strollers.
Pack a Picnic!
Many of Edmonton’s Parks feature Picnic Tables and Shelters designed for community gathers, family reunions and impromptu picnics! Picnic facilities are on a first come, first served basis, with the option to reserve a shelter, or space in advance for a fee.
During Edmonton’s super hot summers, having a place to run around and cool off is the best of both worlds. For the locations of outdoor playground, see this interactive map .At several parks, you’ll find The Flying Eagle Program. These take place in conjunction with The Green Shack Program which gives children a chance to learn about First Nations cultures by making crafts, and playing games. Green Shacks are led by professional, designated staff who have First Aid, Security Clearance, and a great sense of humour! Edmonton also has the option of indoor playgrounds and pools for those colder months designed for toddlers.
Skateparks are a great place to hang out not just for skateboarders, but also BMX riders, push scooters and inline skaters! That said, no motorized toys or vehicles are allowed. Those who use the skate park are encouraged, but not required, to wear a helmet, pads and gloves. Edmonton's 6 permanent skate parks are monitored by city Staff most days from June 4 - September 1 from 12:30 - 8:00pm. Edmonton also has a variety of temporary skate parks that are open for July and August.
Get out there and enjoy Edmonton’s many parks!