Riley Park is home to two cricket flagship grounds of Calgary & District Cricket League. Riley Park is a very historical place for Canadians because they used it to play when Cricket was still the country’s national sport, which you can even see games played there today.
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What is there to do at Riley Park?
Riley Park features a massive wading pool with an island in the middle. The City of Calgary maintains the pool, and it offers water fountains and a concession stand for popsicles and water guns.
Aside from the pool, several activities are present in the park too. For kids who love making music, bongos, xylophone, and other musical toys are available at the playground.
The large playground on the west end offers tons of activities for toddlers to tweens. There is a school-aged climber with ramps, tall slides, steps and a rope bridge.
Smaller kids can play with the preschool climber with steps and slides, egg rocker, two-seater bouncer, and many swings.
Large shade trees stand throughout the park. You can lounge under the tree surrounding the playground and wading pool while watching the kids play and swim.
You can use the picnic tables situated beside the playground and around the park for mealtime.
Every Saturday morning during summer volunteers from the University of Calgary Student Union host Dr. Seuss in the Park. Kids can catch a story and enjoy some crafts during their activity time.
On Monday nights in summer, the Calgary Quidditch Club offers free drop-in Quidditch sessions. This project is funded by ParticipACTION 150 Playlist. The sessions include an introduction to Quidditch, followed by real Quidditch games.
How big is Riley Park?
Riley park covers 9 hectares of land, located in the neighbourhood of Hillhurst. The park is bounded by 8th Avenue North West, 10th Street North West, 5th Avenue North West and 12th Street North West.
It was previously a part of 146,000 hectares Cochrane Ranch. The property was owned by Thomas & Georgina Riley and their family of 10 children. The land was left to the City of Calgary in 1909, after the death of Thomas.
Where is Riley Park Located?
You can visit the park at 800 12 Street North West as it is located next to Kensington, Calgary. It is on the north side of the Bow River and south of the Alberta College of Art and Design.
The pool is open from 5 AM until 11 PM. The best part is it’s free to use, no need to pay anything for entrance. Free street parking is available a few blocks away if you are willing to walk and save some penny.
A paid city parking in the lot adjacent to the pool is available for convenience.
You can only access this parking lot from 8th avenue from the west. There is also a small lot tucked in behind the wading pool accessible from the north lot.
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Listing information last updated on March 6th, 2021 at 11:46am CST.