Located in the deep south east of Calgary along 17 Avenue is pet friendly Elliston Park. A great place to spend a day and have a picnic with the family.
Past the entrance sign, you wiil find two benches with the symbol for radioactivity on the paved path travelling past them. The symbol is intended to draw your attention to the restored windmill soaring above nearby. Capturing the power of the wind was an imporatant component of taming harsh prairie conditions in the West. The plaques are both informative and interesting.
The park is great for children and has a playground for kids under 10 and also a playground designed for 10-15 year olds. The pathways around the 20 hectare water retention pond are wonderful for a scenic evening stroll to watch the western sunsets. Be sure not to miss the large, interactive Sundial. Stand on the Sundials current month stone and with your arms held high overhead you will see a shadow that points to the current time of day. So cool! Kids just love this.
Elliston Park was named after the Ellis family who, for five generations have lived in and around the park. Shepard S. Ellis, his wife, and their nine children left Ontario to homestead in the West in 1912. The park was named after the family in 1995 for the many contributions to the communities of Calgary, Conrich, and Chestermere Lake. Each summer, Elliston Park is the site of Calgary's annual Globalfest Fireworks competition. (During the Fireworks event NO PETS are allowed in the park)