Riley Park is a beautiful park located in northwest Calgary, directly south of SAIT. It is the perfect location to bring the whole family as it is equipped with a large wading pool, cricket pitch, playground, picnic tables, washrooms, water fountains, concession, and lots of trees to find shade on a really hot day. It’s also home to the Patrick Burns Memorial Rock Garden, which is a gorgeous flower and rock garden nestled within the trees along the northern hillside of the park. It is named after Senator Patrick Burns, one of the original four founders of the Calgary Stampede. The gardens were constructed using flagstone from the senator’s demolished mansion.

Aside from enjoying the existing amenities the park has to offer, Riley Park also offers fun programs to enjoy. Saturdays during the summer kids can enjoy Dr Seuss in the Park, where they can listen to stories and build crafts. This is hosted by volunteers from the University of Calgary Student Union from 11am to 3:30pm. On Monday nights during the summer you can try Quidditch (just like in Harry Potter!). The Calgary Quidditch Club offers free drop-in introductory sessions open to all ages.

With its many amenities and fun activities, Riley Park is the perfect place to keep the whole family active, happy, and cool this summer!