Experience Borden Park's Natural Swimming Pond
Borden Park has been an important part of Edmonton’s heritage and culture for more than a century. In the early 1900’s, thousands of people would descend on the 140 hectare park to picnic, attend musical concerts, play baseball visit Edmonton’ first zoo, ride rollercoasters and swim in one of the city’s first three public swimming pools.
Located in the Virginia Park neighbourhood, today Borden Park is a 20 hectare green space, just a fraction of the original park. It features a pavilion with washrooms and vending machines, open grass spaces, trees and shaded areas, formal flower gardens, a playground, cycling and walking trails, outdoor tennis courts, sports fields and ball diamonds, on-site parking, and four sheltered picnic areas with capacities up to 48 people that can be booked through the city.
The roller coaster and zoo are long gone, but the park was relatively untouched since the 1950s. It is now undergoing a revitalization to bring it back to its former glory. Launched in 2010, upgrades to the park so far include new picnic shelters and site furniture, a formal garden with interactive fountains, a revamped playground inspired by the historical fairground and zoo, more than 200 new trees, 2 kilometres of new walkways, a new park pavilion, 12 art exhibits. A new band shell is scheduled for completion in 2015, and the Borden outdoor pool will reopen as the Borden Natural Swimming Pond Experience in 2017.
The park has a wheelchair accessible drop-off and pick up area, curb cubs in the parking area, accessible pathways, partially accessible picnic areas, fountains and playgrounds. The pavilion washrooms have limited accessibility.
7507 Borden Park Rd
Hours: 5 am to 11 pm