Variety Park

Calgary, Alberta

Project Description

Built in 2002, Variety Park is Calgary’s first barrier-free splash park and playground that was built with the goal of being accessible to all children, including those in wheelchairs or other assistive devices. It is the busiest park in Calgary and has over 70,000 visitors in summer.

New developments in inclusive playground equipment and park design has grown and developed, so the Barrier Buster team is planning to both expand the park and provide updated accessible equipment that will provide an engaging and inclusive play experience for children with various disabilities.

Project Team Q&A

  1. Why did you decide to break down barriers in your community?

    Right now there is an unfair burden placed on individuals living with a disability to ensure they are include in a world that is not made for them. Our goal is to create standardized play spaces throughout our province that includes all children of all abilities at the onset. We want to eliminate barriers by building a space that creates opportunities for full interaction and invites children who are otherwise restricted to the sidelines, to engage and play with their peers.

  2. How is this project going to make a difference in your community?

    We have learned from our research that few playgrounds are truly accessible and those that are usually offer limited play value for children with disabilities. Our goal is to have Variety Park become a beacon for accessible playgrounds in Calgary and to help raise awareness for the need for inclusive and accessible play spaces in communities throughout Alberta.

  3. What’s the best thing about being a Barrier Buster?

    We feel extremely fortunate to be able to work with other “difference makers” and become stronger together. The support we have received allows us to continue to take positive strides forward to support children with ability diverse needs and work to create positive healthy communities that are inclusive, accessible and celebrate our differences.

Awareness Event


June 24, 2017

Variety Park Celebration Event

Location: South Glenmore Park, 8415 24 St SW, Calgary, AB

Time: 10am-4pm

Description: Variety, the Children’s Charity of Alberta, will be hosting an awareness event that will bring together families from all over the city to celebrate the commitment Canada has made to accepting and embracing inclusion and diversity for its 150th birthday, and the re-opening of Variety Park, Before the unveiling of the expanded accessible and inclusive playground, guests will be treated to a BBQ, special guest speakers, and fun activities for children.

For more information, please contact:
Jana Hands  at