Nature Playground


Since May 2011, the Nature Playground has been a popular gathering place for children and families, but after 13 years, it’s time for a refresh. This spring, the Nature Playground will be temporarily closed April 22 to mid-June while we complete a number of improvement projects. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Please check back in early June for a re-opening date.

From your first steps down the tree-lined path toward the Nature Playground, you will be transported into a world of wonder that encourages children of all ages to run, jump, climb and explore!

Explore the sand and water play area, slithering slides, a sky-high crow’s nest, willow tree tunnels, basket swings, a giant robin’s nest, colourful rubber mountains, net bridges, and the Streuber Family Children's Garden.

Playground Rules

  • No smoking
  • No dogs
  • No skateboards
  • No roller blades
  • No bicycles
  • Adult supervision required

Picnic Shelter

The picnic shelter cannot be reserved for private use. When using the shelter, we ask that large groups be respectful of other visitors. If you want to reserve designated spot for your gathering, please book a picnic site in the Park. There is no cooking allowed under the shelter, however, cooking is allowed in the fire pits located in the Hummocks area just beyond the shelter.

Winnie the Bear Statue

Formerly located in Assiniboine Park Zoo, the statue of Lt. Harry Colebourn and Winnie the Bear is now located in the Nature Playground. Originally unveiled on August 6, 1992, the bronze statue and plaque were donated by the Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg. Crafted by artist William Epp, the piece was created as a way to permanently commemorate the story of Lt. Colebourn and Winnie the Bear, the bear that inspired the children’s storybook character, Winnie the Pooh.

Streuber Family Children's Garden

Located in the Nature Playground, the Streuber Family Children's Garden is a bright, whimsical garden inspired by the classic childhood board game of Snakes and Ladders. A tree-lined path leads visitors to a patchwork of raised beds overflowing with flowers and foliage set among a checkerboard grid of pathways. A friendly snake made of woven branches and a cheerful band of merry musical frogs silently serenade the sky. Flowerbeds interspersed throughout the playground paint the landscape in a rainbow of vibrant colour.

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