Riverbend Playgrounds

  1. RIV 846 6 Riverside Cl. S.E. (2017- Rated as Excellent)
  2. RIV 861 99 Riverglen Way S.E. (2011- Rated as Good)
  3. RIV 866 9 Riverwood Ci. S.E. (2015 -Rated as Good)
  4. RIV 875 37 Riverwood Cr. S.E. (2010- Rated as Fair)
  5. RIV 883 84 River Rock Rd. S.E. (1992- Rated as Fair)
  6. RIV 886 35 Rivercrest Cr. S.E. (1993- Fair)
  7. RIV 884- 44 River Rock Manor SE (1993 -Partly removed; remainder rated as Fair)
  8. RIV 880 -181 Riverview Circle SE (1993 -Rated as Poor; scheduled for replacement in 2019)
  9. RIV 843 15 Riverbirch Road SE (2011- Fair)
  10. RIV 844 -27 Riverbend Drive SE (1988- Rated as Fair)

Playgrounds Taskforce Updates

The group of dedicated volunteers from Riverbend Community Association Playground Taskforce has been working with City Parks representatives to ensure a sustainable plan for Riverbend playgrounds is put in place.

We learned that City’s typical budget is to replace maximum one playground per year, for the total cost of no more than $75,000 (including structure and labour). City Parks representatives suggested that with community fundraising it may be possible to replace more than one playground per year. Additional community funding would also allow community residents to have a greater say in the playground design. We would be able to design themed playgrounds instead of relying on City’s standard designs.

There are ten city playgrounds and two school playgrounds in Riverbend. A review and assessment was made of all the current Riverbend playgrounds and the Taskforce looked at playground planning for the next five years. Though no final decisions will be made until further community consultation, please see some of the updates and recommendations:

Riverview Circle (RIV880)

Installation of a new playground at Riverview Circle began in early July, fencing and signage was put up for safety and to let residents know about the work. Please see the design of the new playground that will be installed.

River Rock Manor (RIV884)

City of Calgary Parks Infrastructure is in the process of securing smaller pieces of playground equipment (still in good condition) to ultimately place in the River Rock Manor playground site (along the refurbishing of the existing benches and picnic table), sometime in late August or early September.

Though the city is providing some used equipment for this playground this fall, given the size and unique set up of the park (cycling paths and lots of trees) and lack of active playgrounds for older kids, it's suggested that consideration be given to putting this playground on a replacement list for 2024. An activity based themed playground (climbing, parkour or ninja style) geared toward older children is recommended.

Rivercrest Crescent (RIV 886)

Though this playground was built in 1993 it is still in very good condition. Recommendation is that no changes be made to this playground in the near future but it is to be placed on replacement list after 2024.

River Rock Drive (RIV 883)

It's suggested this playground be a high priority replacement project and put on the 2020 replacement list. City funds could be used to replace the old and run down equipment with new play structures and a tandem swing geared towards 2 to 12 age group.

Riverbend Drive (RIV 844)

This is the oldest playground in Riverbend, built in 1988, but still rated as in ‘fair’ condition. Suggest this playground be placed on the replacement list for 2021. It is a large playground in a high traffic area, lots of trees and a lot of possibilities to build a very nice and unique playground. The committee recommends in addition to city funding that fundraising be done to replace this playground with a "nature" theme playground for toddlers to 12 year olds.

Riverside Mews (RIV851)

The city has removed the former play structure, placed grass and paved some of the area. Recommendation is to install a small play structure, such as a climbing rock, that could be easily installed and would blend into the landscape. Consideration should also be given to possible adult play infrastructure like a table with checker boards. Recommendation is these projects be considered on 2023 replacement list.

Next Steps

In the coming months we are going to solicit community feedback via the online survey. Once we receive feedback a summary report will be compiled and shared with the City of Calgary and we hope that some of the recommendations will be implemented by the City.

Riverbend Playgrounds Planning- July 2019.pdf

Status of Riverbend Playgrounds

Two community playgrounds (at River Rock Manor and Riverside Mews) have been partially or completely removed in 2017 as part of the City of Calgary Playground Optimization Program. Some of the playground equipment was no longer meeting Canada Safety Association Standards. From the 10 remaining community playgrounds:

  • 1 is rated as Excellent
  • 2 are rated as Good
  • 6 are rated as Fair
  • 1 is rated as Poor

In addition, the playground by Riverbend School is scheduled for removal as early as Spring 2020. For more information please see Riverbend School Council website . Playground by the Holy Angel's School is also on the list for removal in upcoming years.

We formed Playgrounds Taskforce in order to engage the community and make decisions about next steps for playgrounds in our community. If you would like to participate please email jason@riverbendcommunity.ca