One of the best things about summer time in Regina is being outside without having to wear the full snow gear (parka, snow suit, toque, gloves, earmuffs…you get the picture). And what better way to enjoy the beautiful summer heat than to head to a playground for some outdoor fun. We compiled a list of some of our city’s best playgrounds and spray pads based on some of the following criteria: cleanliness, safety of the equipment, parking/accessibility and what the facilities have to offer nearby. But most importantly the key criteria is what our kids LOVE. Don’t take my word for it; just get your little ones out, try one of these playgrounds today and happy playing!
PRINCE OF WALES PARK (East Zone)
Cumberland Road, East of Sandringham Crescent
This gorgeous little haven is a newer playground with very safe and durable equipment located in Windsor Park (off of Arens Road). The lower levels of the play structure are better suited for toddlers or little ones, while the higher portion of the play structure is for older kids. A basketball court is available and the black top is also used for riding scooters, skateboards and bikes. One of the bonuses is a man-made lake with a paved trail to walk or ride on. There is also a little pier nearby where you can feed the ducks or skip rocks. Take a short walk around the lake, and then come back to the picnic tables for a snack. No on-site bathroom facilities are available, but there are retail stores and restaurants close by.
SOUTH LEISURE CENTRE SPRAY PAD &
REALTOR’S PARKPLAYGROUND (South Zone)
170 Sunset Drive & Argyle Street
Need a good way to cool off this summer? Head to the South Leisure Centre Spray Pad. Kids love guessing the water cycles through the different features (huge water hoops to walk through, tall palm trees or the dragon spray that intermittently shoot water from above, or the geysers that spray from the ground. Beware parents, you will get wet!Good idea to bring shoes that can get wet (crocs/flip-flops) as the black asphalt can be hard on little one's feet. Also, there is lots of green space to spread a blanket out and enjoy a picnic or snacks. The layout is quite open making it easier to keep an eye out for the kids without having to always be on guard. There isn’t a whole lot of shade except for a couple of smaller trees and a huge canopy with picnic tables. Realtor’s Park is right next to the spray pad so kids can run back and forth from the water to the slides. There are benches throughout the playground side for parents to relax and watch the kids. The leisure centre has clean on-site bathrooms and family change rooms available and water fountains on site too.
VICTORIA PARK (Central Zone)
Victoria Avenue & Scarth Street
Right in the heart of the downtown core. Mainly for smaller kids ages toddler to 6 years old, it has brand new equipment with soft, natural bark chips on the ground. Lots of beautiful trees for shade with benches to relax. Or bring a blanket and have a picnic. No on-site bathroom facilities, but you have lots of retail and restaurants nearby…including the Saskatchewan Hotel (which has change tables available) and Atlantis Coffee House (which we love). There is street parking available with meters. Be sure to read all the signs before you leave your parking spot. This playground is right near the new City Plaza, which is home to the Regina Farmer's Market. If you go down on Market days (Wednesday and Saturday mornings), then you will be treated to all kinds of amazing local vendors: fresh veggies and fruits, baked goodies, The Cookie Lady is a must stop, artesians and the food trucks! Great way to spend a Saturday morning.
KIWANIS PARK (Central Zone)
Elphinstone Street & Montague Street
Kiwanis Park offers more than just the play structure for kids. There are the Kiwanis Waterfall and gardens to explore, baseball diamonds and you can request to schedule parties or events in the picnic area through the City of Regina. Also, the Donovan bike path is close by. There is tons of open green space with lots of room for running and expending energy. On-site washrooms are available. Parking is also available. For more information, visit the Kiwanis Club of Regina website (http://www.kiwanisregina.org/index.php?id=246). To request a reservation for one of the picnic areas, please visit Central Scheduling with the City of Regina.
CANDY CANE PARK
Wascana Drive, next to the Science Centre
This beautiful park and picnic area boasts the best view within our Sweet Finds playgrounds. Candy Cane Park is located near the Saskatchewan Science Centre and the IMAX theatre on Wascana Drive right in Wascana Park. Originally built in 1979, it was recently updated with brand new and safer playground equipment for kids to enjoy. It has a new tot area and school age play areas with a small climbing wall, new retro-modern climbing equipment to explore for older kids and also a huge rock bolder is being added for future development. The area is very clean and well groomed as far as park facilities go and there are on-site bathroom facilities available too. Pack a snack, lunch or even BBQ as they have grills on-site and spend the afternoon here playing summer days away. Depending on the time of day you come and how busy this popular spot can get, there is a parking lot available but you may have to park on Wascana Drive at busy times.
SANDRA SCHMIRLER LEISURE CENTER
3130 East Woodhams Drive
After you hit the Sandra Schmirler Centre pool or reading time at the Sunrise library, take a break at the City of Regina's newest play centre. This playground is brand new, it opened summer 2016. It has nice, soft flooring for little ones who are learning to walk or run. There’s a massive play structure to climb on and explore, glider and a huge shaded area to rest with lots of benches. In the summer months, there is also a brand new spray pad and park. Check back as to when spray pads are open. There is also a man-made lake next door, with a new trail/path coming soon. (currently under construction).
SELLINGER PARK (East Zone)
Edinburgh Drive & Milliken Bay
We like to call this park Little Park on the Prairie as it sits right on a beautifully-groomed green with the Wascana Creek in the background. Tucked away in a very quiet and serene neighbourhood, Richmond Place, it is an urban escape. There is a shaded pavilion for rest with a groomed walking/bike trail and benches. Swings are a little older with tires to climb on too. Lots of green space for kids to run and even kick a ball around. There are no on-site bathroom facilities available. Street parking is available.
RICK HANSEN OPTIMIST PARK (West Zone)
1010 McCarthy Boulevard
Rick Hansen Optimist Park is a wheelchair-accessible playground that all kids will enjoy. The stainless steel playground is a newer structure that features a floor made of recycled tires, a ramp that is wide enough to fit a wheelchair or stroller, swings on a separate area, a variety of activity panels (such as bells, drums, airplanes, etc.), different climbing apparatuses, as well as a spray pad with a fountain, floor sprays and water hoses. And we can’t forget about the sheltered seating area located right beside the spray pad. The area is kept quite clean with a bathroom facility (a little on the older side). We didn’t see any soap or paper towels/hand dryer so make sure to bring your own. Although the play structure was designed for ages 5-12, it’s safe enough for a 2-year-old with constant parent supervision. There are also picnic tables, benches, a BBQ area with a nice view of the water feature and walk paths, and ample parking. Definitely a must-try!
For a complete list of our cities Parks & Playgrounds or to find a playground near you, check out the City of Regina's website by visiting www.regina.ca/residents/parks/find-field-park/local-parks-playgrounds/index.htm