10 Ways to Make the Most of Central Commons Park This Summer

June 15, 2023

1.Visit the U/D Night Market:

Immerse yourself in the electric atmosphere of the U/D Night Market, in partnership with MarketSpot! This monthly event in Central Commons Park brings the community together, offering music, local artisans and an unforgettable evening. Join us on the last Wednesday of every month from May to September, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and explore University District.

2. Lawn Games:

Invite your friends and family for a day filled with laughter and friendly competition. Central Commons Park provides the perfect backdrop for classic lawn games like frisbee, bocce ball, spikeball, cornhole and lawn bowling. Pack your favourite games and let the fun begin!

3. Fitness Challenges:

Take your workout routine outdoors and embrace the park’s open spaces. Participate in organized fitness challenges or create your own exercise regimen. Not sure where to start? Here are some activities to get you going:

  • Running: Pop in your headphones and lace up your runners at Central Commons Park then explore the area’s pathways. Try the Strava app which allows you to track your pace and progress over time!
  • Walking: Track your steps with a fitness watch or by using an app like the Pedometer & Step Counter app. If you are feeling competitive, challenge your friends or family to see who can get the most steps in!
  • Outdoor Yoga: Roll out your mat and let the soothing sounds of nature guide your practice with yoga in the park. Looking for a guided practice? Try out the Yoga for Beginners app and get flowing!

4. Find a Patio to Enjoy a Bird’s Eye View:

Elevate your park visit by enjoying the view from the Canadian Brewhouse patio. Sip on a refreshing brew while taking in the park’s beauty. With Daily Specials and a prime vantage point, it’s the perfect spot to unwind and soak in the ambiance.

Discover a fresh viewpoint by heading downstairs to The Banquet Bar! Embrace a laid-back atmosphere brimming with games to create endless summer memories.

If you are looking for a spot unlike any other, try out Borough Bar + Grill. Offering a three-season patio where you can enjoy refreshing cocktails and an impressive menu filled with appetizers and mains that gather people for an unforgettable experience. 

5. Self-Guided E-Scooter Tour:

Experience the thrill of riding an e-scooter and explore the vibrant University District. Venture around the U/D community and enjoy the 12 km of pathways in the area or take a scenic ride to the Bow River pathway to adventure further. Make a pit stop at Monogram Coffee or Village Ice Cream for a delightful treat along the way. 

Looking to explore even more of the NW? Discover innovative and inspiring Dale Hodges Park. Loop from Dale Hodges Park along the Bow River to Bowmont Park and Bowness Park and back along the river to Shouldice Park and University District.

Download the BIRD Canada app to find a scooter near you and up-to-date map of the operating area. 

6. Splash Safety at the Splash Pad:

Cool off and make a splash at the Central Commons Park’s Splash Pad. This family-friendly feature offers a refreshing experience for all ages. The splash pad is open every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., from June through early September (weather permitting). 

But before you jump in, here are some safety rules and notes to note before you visit! 

  • Hydration: Bring water bottles to quench your thirst.
  • Supervision: Parents are expected to watch for their little ones – all children under the age of 13 must be supervised at all times.
  • Footwear: Play barefoot and avoid bringing breakable objects into the Splash Park.
  • Playful Etiquette: Play responsibly, avoiding running and rough-housing.
  • Food and Beverages: Enjoy snacks and drinks outside the splash pad area to maintain cleanliness and safety.
  • Swimwear and Diapers: Water-resistant swimwear are required for all non-toilet-trained children.
  • Recreation Only: Remember, the splash pad is for play, not bathing.
  • Wheels Stay Out: Keep skateboards and bikes away from the splash pad area for everyone’s safety.

7. Dog-Friendly Adventures:

Central Commons Park welcomes your furry friends! Bring your dog along for a delightful outing and explore the park together. Enjoy a leisurely walk and stop at U/D’s Urban Dog Park in the nearby North Pond or meet other dog owners throughout our dog-friendly community. Remember to keep your dog on a leash in open spaces, clean up after them and respect the park’s rules.

For more information about pup-friendly open spaces in U/D, click here

8. Photography Excursions:

Central Commons Park is a hidden gem for photography enthusiasts. With its picturesque landscapes and modern architectural features, it offers endless opportunities to capture stunning images. Grab your camera and embark on a photography excursion with friends, family or simply on your own. Explore the park’s winding paths, focus your lens on the intricate details of flowers and plants or try your hand at artistic photography!

For some professional photography insights, click here!

9. Grill and Gather at the Public Barbeques (BBQ’s)

With three briquette-fueled BBQs available for public use, it’s time to fire up the grill and enjoy good food, great people and stunning scenery. As summer heats up, Central Commons Park becomes the perfect spot for outdoor gatherings and delicious barbecues with family and friends.

Before you start flipping those burgers, let’s go over some essential guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable BBQ experience.

  • Bring your own supplies, briquettes, oven mitts and BBQ tools.
  • There are three cast iron BBQs available on a first-come, first-served basis. Wood is not permitted.
  • Use Charcoal Lighting Fluid Safely: Allow the fluid to settle before igniting the briquettes. Never use gasoline as an igniting agent.
  • Clean the BBQ after use.
  • Avoid spraying igniting fluid onto hot coals.
  • Safely dispose of briquettes in designated areas.
  • Never leave the BBQ and hot briquettes unattended.
  • Never fight a grease fire with water; use an appropriate fire extinguisher or smother the flames with a lid.
  • In case of burns, run the affected area under cool water for five minutes. 

If you are new to the BBQ, read our guide on How To Use BBQS!

10. Explore Northwest Commons Park:

While visiting Central Commons Park, don’t miss the nearby Northwest Commons Park. It serves as a national demonstration site for inclusive play, offering a remarkable experience for people of all abilities. With accessible flooring, a ramp system, a giant chess board, ping pong table and tons of accessible play features, this park is a great spot for everyone to enjoy!

Get ready to embrace summer at Central Commons Park and make the most of this new, four-seasons space! Stay up to date on all events and happenings in U/D by following us on Instagram and Facebook.

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