Published on November 16, 2021

Versailles Park a Four-Season Firestorm of Fun

The vision for Versailles Park, one of the City’s newest park spaces, started over 10 years ago alongside planning for Fire Station No. 3 – both located in Ville Giroux, a new community located in northwest St. Albert.

Now, thanks to a unique partnership with Calgary-based developer Cidex Group, the City was able to blaze through concept design and construction in about 10 months – allowing the park space to open in November 2021.

“A first for the City, we were able to accelerate what is normally a two- to three-year process into one construction season,” says Manda Wilde, City of St. Albert Senior Project Manager, Parks Development. “The developer sped up their timelines, which enabled their elements, including trails and landscaping, to be constructed at the same time as City-led amenities such as the playground."

By completing the work in 2021, the City was also able to take advantage of federal grant funding, which drastically reduced direct costs for the park.

Versailles Park Playground

As the park is located near Fire Station No. 3, the City also wanted to honour local firefighters as fully integrated members of the community.

“Working closely with our Fire Services partners and the Firefighters Union, we decided that a playground and water feature amenity would provide an uplifting experience that could be more actively celebrated than a traditional monument,” says Manda. From Maltese crosses and a firetruck play structure, to multiple Fire Station No. 3 references, generations of children can ignite their imaginations in the new firefighter-themed space as heroic make-believe members of the community.

Versailles Park Playground

Spanning 0.98 hectares, the four-season design of Versailles Park features the following:

  • Playground containing:
    • Two main play structures
    • One four-bay swing set
    • Multiple small play features, including an ambulance spring toy
    • Barrier-free rubber surfacing and transfer stations for those with mobility challenges
  • Splash pad
  • Sledding hill 
  • Amphitheatre-style open greenspace sunken below the surrounding trail and sledding hill 
  • A trail system that connects directly to Lacombe Lake Park

Versailles Park

Perfect for fighting imaginary infernos, Versailles Park is also home to St. Albert’s first small-scale, non-recirculating splash pad – the first outdoor water feature to be built in the city in 26 years.

“Instead of recycling water through an onsite treatment system, potable water is carried through the splash pad and into the City’s sanitary system,” explains Manda. “It’s activated on-demand, so water only runs when people are actively on-site – reducing the ecological footprint.” 

Intended for younger children, the water feature contains no spray elements – instead uses a stream, wheelchair-accessible water table and bubblers – and is concrete-surfaced to enable all users to enjoy the splash pad without barriers to movement.

Versailles Park Playground

“This park is a neighbourhood gem and we are so excited for residents to get out and explore,” exclaims Manda. “Park spaces enhance social cohesion, encourage positive childhood development, and help build the character and identity of a neighbourhood.”

Versailles Park and playground is now open to the public. However, users are asked to be aware of fenced areas and watch for construction activity. The splash pad is expected to be operational in summer 2022.

As there is no onsite parking at Versailles Park and limited street parking, residents are encouraged to use other methods of active transportation, such as walking, to visit the area.

Versailles Park Playground

For more information on Versailles Park and Ville Giroux Park Planning, please visit conversation.stalbert.ca/ville-giroux-parks.


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Last edited: November 26, 2021