Reopening of Playgrounds in Calgary

Michelle Mak Community, COVID-19, Daily Life, Newcomer Information, Updates

The City of Calgary will be re-opening playgrounds starting Friday, May 29 instead of June 1. This was changed to be earlier so that Calgarians can take advantage of the warm weather forecast.


It will take approximately 4 business days to re-open all City-operated playgrounds. Re-opening playgrounds involves:

  • Removing closure tape
  • Conducting a light safety inspection
  • Swapping out closed/open signage

City of Calgary will be starting with Regional Park playgrounds (eg. Bowness Park, Riley Park, Stanley Park), followed by community parks (eg. Playgrounds on a residential street). The re-opening of all playgrounds should be completed by Wednesday, June 3.

Playground safety during COVID-19

  • Those who are sick or have symptoms related to COVID-19 must not use playgrounds.
  • Practice proper hand hygiene. Wash and sanitize your hands before and after use.
  • Encourage children to avoid sharing toys or sports equipment and limit contact with individuals outside of their household or cohort family. Try to encourage your children to avoid touching their face.
  • Maintain 2 metres, or 6 feet, of physical distance between yourself and others.
  • Clean and disinfect toys and sports equipment prior to and after use.
  • Carry and use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol content immediately before and after using playground equipment.
  • Consider limiting children and other members of your household to only visiting playgrounds that are close to your home. This will help limit the number of people your family may come into contact with.
  • Maintain physical distancing and limit congregating with other people when entering and leaving the playground and supervising children playing (e.g. paths, benches, picnic areas).

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Word of the Day: 

Playground (n): an outdoor area provided for children to play in, especially at a school or public park.

Example: I went to the playground with my children today!