Chinook Winds Park has something for everyone
Friday, May 17, 2013 03:53 pm
It used to be a ball field in the middle of nowhere. But as the saying goes – if you build it, they will come.
Today, the former farmer’s field ball diamonds on the southwest side of Airdrie are part of Chinook Winds Regional Park, a fantastic recreational complex with something for everyone.
Whether you’re looking to play a pickup game of baseball, have a safe spot for the kids to work on their skateboarding tricks or find relief from the summer sun in a splash park, Chinook Winds has everything you’re looking for and more.
The park was built incrementally over the last few years, and now has two baseball quads, a splash park, skateboard park, a large playground and a multi-use sport court. A toboggan hill and cross-country ski trails will follow this winter.
“There’s a great deal to do at the park in the summer and we’re still adding new features,” said Archie Lang, manager of parks and public works at the City.
“We’re in the process of completing the beach volleyball court and adding solar lighting to the pathways and multi-use sport court too.”
There are also plans to add additional picnic shelters and tables for those wanting to make a day of visiting the park by bringing their own lunch or dinner.
The Mattamy Homes splash park, which opened in July of 2012, has been a highlight for families with young children. It features two twist and spill water toys, a splash blaster spiral, ground sprays, an interactive piano that plays music and sprays water and of course, public washrooms and change rooms. The spray features turn on and off automatically, though during cool or rainy weather, the spray features will turn off automatically if the park is not staffed.
“The spray park is a great amenity that was added late in the year, and we expect it will help the park get even more popular. As more people get to know about the park the more people who will come check it out,” said Lang.
A word of caution – Chinook Winds is aptly named. It’s often cooler at the playground due to the wind than it is in your own backyard, so be sure to dress the kids appropriately and remember your windbreaker.