Staying active – indoors or out – is easy in Airdrie, thanks to first-class athletic and recreation facilities, 64 playgrounds, 102 kilometres of maintained pathway and 680 groomed parkland acres. Whether your goal is to get energized, to unwind, or both, Airdrie is the perfect destination for play.
Discover archery for just $25 per person, including equipment, at Airdrie’s indoor archery range, appealing to new shooters as well as seasoned pros. OC Archery makes for a great date night getaway, or bring the whole family for some recreational fun.
This great online resource is available for anyone – casual family rider, serious downhiller or anyone in between – planning to ride a bike in or around Airdrie. Check out BikeAirdrie.org
Chinook Winds Park
Located on Chinook Winds Drive, south of Yankee Valley Boulevard, Chinook Winds Park offers a variety of activities for kids of all ages. In addition to pathways, features include an imaginative playground, a skate park, a spray park (new features added in 2016), ball diamonds, four beach volleyball courts, a multi-use court, a concession and, in winter, a boarded ice rink as well as a toboggan hill.
East Lake Athletic Park
The focal point of sports and recreation in Airdrie is a massive park space located directly behind Genesis Place. Ed Eggerer is home to an eight-lane, state-of-the-art rubberized running track, a multi-use playing field, track and field, long jump and triple jump pits, and a grandstand. East Lake Park offers soccer fields, tennis courts, north and south viewing docks, a fire pit, and pathways that wind around a large water feature.
Those with a need for speed and a love of BMX need look no further than Fletcher Park, located just a few blocks off Main Street. Host to the BMX Nationals in 2010, Fletcher Park is a top location for BMX riding on the hard dirt track, whether beginner or expert. The park also features three baseball diamonds and a playground.
A complete destination for all ages, Airdrie’s recreation centre offers a wide variety of amenities. Aquatic area features include a dive tank, aquatic climbing wall, leisure pool with spray toy features, lazy river, tot pool, hot tub, water slide and six-lane competitive pool. In addition to dance and fitness/leisure studios (offering 20+ weekly drop-in fitness classes), facilities include an indoor running track, two NHL-size ice surfaces, two indoor field houses (for soccer, lacrosse, basketball and more), a gymnastics club, a child care centre, food services and a children’s play structure. Outdoors, find an athletic field with grandstand, and an all-season running track.
Nose Creek Park
Named for the creek that lazily runs through it, Nose Creek Park offers 40 acres of stunning natural area in the heart of the downtown core. NOTE: the park is undergoing an extensive rehabilitation project in 2016, so access is limited.
Airdrie offers three indoor ice surfaces: Genesis Place Twin Arena; Plainsmen Arena; and the Ron Ebbesen Arena, home to the Airdrie Thunder, the city’s Junior B hockey team. Free public skating is offered at all three arenas. The City also maintains a total of five boarded outdoor rinks, three snowbank rinks and three natural ice surfaces. Open ice times and outdoor seasonal rink information is available at airdrie.ca
PUSH Cycling Studio offers a fun, music-driven cardio and muscular endurance workout in a safe and unique environment that includes mood lighting, a state-of-the-art customized sound system and 26 Spinning® bikes that will challenge each rider at their individual level. Classes are intended for participants of all shapes, sizes and abilities. Youth riders are welcome but be sure to contact the studio in advance for requirements. Class schedules and profiles are available online, with clip-in cycling shoes included in the cost of registration. Advance online bookings are recommended as drop-in availability may be limited.
The City of Airdrie offers eight tennis courts for public use: East Lake Park (four courts); Summerhill (two courts); and the Tri-school site (two courts). Those at East Lake Park are the best non-club courts in Alberta, offering the plexipave surface used at both the Australian Open and U.S. Open Grand Slam tournaments. (Park at Genesis Place or in the parking lot just off East Lake Road near the Scouts Hall.)