story by Joel Dryden | photography by Kurtis Kristianson
Whether you’re out for a walk with the kids or just want to soak up some sun, the Town of Crossfield offers plenty of pathway and green space for any activity. Crossfield’s small population and peaceful environment make the town’s parks and pathways a perfect escape, said Kimber Olsen, parks manager with the town.
“It’s a nice quiet spot. You don’t have that rush you get in the bigger city,” she said. “You have less vehicles. It’s a quiet place, so you can enjoy a park and not have a lot of kids running around. And you don’t have to worry about taking turns – you pretty much have the whole thing to yourself.”
Crossfield also features a system of pathways and sidewalks that connect one side of the town to another. These pathways are spruced up with a variety of plants and trees and connect to the various parks situated within the town.
Among the most popular parks in town is Banta Park, centrally located on the corner of Railway Street and Limit Avenue. The park features the popular Crossfield splash park, which opens for the season in June and closes in September.
“We actually get people coming from Airdrie to use the splash park,” said Jack Valstar, town foreman. “That’s because it’s smaller and not as busy as Airdrie would be.”
Newly-renovated basketball and tennis courts add to the fun at Banta Park, with pickleball lines added to the courts for another potential activity.
McCaskill Park, the largest outdoor recreational area in town, is located on Whitfield Avenue and McCaskill Drive. The park features a wealth of recreational options with two softball fields, one hardball field, a soccer field and a skate park.
Other areas, such as Veterans Peace Park, offer the opportunity to take a walk among two beautiful memorial forests planted by the Crossfield Legion and Crossfield United Church.
“Locals can plant trees in that area for someone that either has passed or has been in the military,” Olsen said. “They can plant it as a memorial with a little plaque in a tree.”
Crossfield dog owners have two nearby destinations to bring their furry friends – one centrally located, the other situated just south of town. The dog park located in Crossfield is enclosed and offers bags and garbage cans onsite, while the park located outside Crossfield is unenclosed.
Other recreation opportunities include a trip to the town’s fishing ponds, situated at the west end of Range Road 12 and Laut Avenue. The ponds are stocked at the beginning of May or June, depending on the weather, and participants can fish until the weather grows too cold.
“It’s pretty busy when it’s first stocked, because a lot of people are eager to go fish,” Valstar said. “It’s a hangout thing for a lot of the older folks. You just go set up the lawn chair and fish for a few hours.”
No matter what neighbourhood you find yourself in Crossfield, a park or playground is just a short walk away. That convenience, paired with the town’s natural aesthetic, make Crossfield the perfect community for an outdoor adventure.