The Calgary real estate industry has been instrumental in developing new non-school playgrounds in the city with 21 built in 2013 and 2014 and turned over to the city.
The most recently-built playground was unveiled the other day at the massive Currie Barracks development and a sign of a growing trend as developers and home builders look to attract homebuyers into new neighbourhoods.
Ryan Doherty, director of real estate for Canada Lands Company, a Crown corporation developing Currie Barracks, said the 20,450-square-foot playground, which includes the rubber pad with play equipment, all surrounding paths, landscaping, and seating areas, is in the heart of the community.
Playgrounds built by developers are approved and eventually maintained by the City of Calgary.
Doherty said new playgrounds play a very important role in new residential development.
That playground delivers on a long-term promise with residents of the very highest quality amenities. Residents cannot only engage with one another but engage with the community as well.
Calgarians look forward to the creation of new parks and value accessible outdoor year-round spaces where they can be active. The beautification of community spaces with trees, plants and features such as pathways for walking and cycling trails are valued by residents.