A few months ago, I wrote a post about the new nature oriented play area being built within Ralph Klein park as part of the TD Common Ground Project.The TD Common Ground Project supports local municipalities to create a legacy by revitalizing over 150 green spaces across Canada in recognition of Canada’s 150th birthday. This project will build vibrant infrastructure and programming to meet the distinct needs of different communities and bring us all together. Calgary’s Ralph Klein Regional Park was chosen to receive a new play area as part of this initiative.
I’m excited to let you know that the new play area is done and ready for you to visit! I know that winter has reared it’s ugly head already this year, but we all know there will be lots of nice days yet to come before winter sets in for good. On the next nice day, head to Ralph Klein park and check out how this innovative nature oriented play area has played out.
Don’t forget that children from local schools were brought in to help in the design phase of this project. How exciting would THAT be for a young child? I bet they are all super excited to go play on their “very own” play ground! I know I would be!
Once you visit Ralph Klein park, you will realize that a natural play ground was really the *only* choice. The park is so naturally gorgeous and….well….zen that I can’t imagine a big plastic slide ever being a part of it. Instead, natural materials were used to develop a play area that allows kids to use their imaginations in more open ended play. I think that concept fits perfectly into an already amazing park, don’t you?
To continue the dialogue, TD hosted the TD Common Ground Think Tank, a roundtable bringing together a select group of green space experts to share their perspectives and discuss what is needed to create heathy, vibrant and inclusive spaces for future generations of Canadians. “Sensory-rich community green spaces are the rare places in our cities where human barriers drop,” said Adam Bienenstock, an award-winning designer of natural playgrounds, and participant in the TD Common Ground Think Tank. “Achieving sustainability in our parks and playgrounds requires us to incorporate real, raw nature into every experience. These are the places where we will inspire the next generation of urban environmental stewards.”
I couldn’t agree more! I am so happy to see companies like TD and cities like Calgary come together to deliver green spaces in our communities that benefit everyone and bring us all together.
Have you visited the new Ralph Klein Park play area yet?
More info about Ralph Klein Park:
October – April:
Tuesday to Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday: noon – 4 p.m.
Sunday, Monday and statutory holidays: CLOSED
May – September:
Daily, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed statutory holidays
No dogs allowed.
To learn more about the Ralph Klein Park project, please visit: TD Common Ground Project and