Fish Creek Festival Brings Neighbors Together


There’s a lot to celebrate in Spenard and Turnagain (Spenardagain)!  This summer brought two new inclusive playgrounds to parks along the Fish Creek Corridor, one at Barbara Street Park and one at Kiwanis Fish Creek Park.  On Saturday, September 10th, neighbors gathered for a moveable festival from park to park along the corridor to celebrate the community park improvements.  Activities included ribbon cutting and groundbreaking ceremonies, a parade between parks, fire truck, free food, jugglers, dancers, food trucks, live music featuring Hot Dish and Steven Bacon Band, and more!

Both new playgrounds were designed with inclusivity in mind. Through “Inclusive Play,” we create outdoor spaces where children and adults of all abilities can play together. The playground design at Kiwanis Fish Creek Park highlights its connection to the Fish Creek with fiddlehead shaped play structures and a zipline over blue, water-inspired turf.  Barbara Street Park has new little houses ideal for 2-5 year olds.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the resurfacing of the Fish Creek Trail was also celebrated.  Repairs to the trail were funded by the 2016 Municipal Parks and Recreation bond and will be a Summer 2017 project.

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