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Official Parks Playoffs

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North Region

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This first round matchup is a classic pairing of new vs old. Legacy Park is the newest of all parks in this tournament but packs a powerful punch as the #1 seed in the north. Only open since 2018, the park is not one of the dynasties in the parks system. However, this expansion franchise comes to the tournament loaded with unique talent such as the Challenge Course, dedicated pickleball and tennis courts, several kilometres of pathways, playground, and ornamental garden. There's also a few heavyweights in the minor leagues that plan to make their appearance in this tournament, such as the spray park, pavilion, picnic shelter, and discovery playground. The park has experienced some growing pains in its early years so it could be primed for an upset from Adams Park. In existence since 1923, Adams brings its own unique style to this matchup with the City's only Viking-themed playground, Logan Boulet Arena and much beloved summer flower gardens. Can this long-standing city park make an early centennial celebration by taking down the up and comer in the first round? You decide!

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One of the few river valley parks in this year's tournament, Peenaquim Park plans to make a run at representing the north as parks champion. The park is situated along the Oldman River, just west of Legacy Ridge subdivision, and contains community favorites such as the off-leash dog area, disc golf course, and Softball Valley, as well as being home to the Fish & Game Shooting Range. Their opponent, Royal View Cemetery, has plans of their own for an extended playoff run as the lone cemetery representative in this tournament. Though not containing traditional play elements, Royal View provides a peaceful retreat at the City's north end with serene walking paths and a growing urban forest. Additionally, this location boasts the City's only green burial plots and visitors to this site have been known to never leave once they arrive!

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South Region

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The folks in Vegas consider Henderson to be one of the tournament favorites due to its long-standing tradition of being an anchor to the Lethbridge park system. Originally named Slaughter House Slough in 1911, the park has shaken off its early reputation and become a popular destination in the city. Boasting Henderson Lake, walking paths, picnic shelters, three playgrounds, and the Japanese Gardens, Henderson is certainly one of the heavyweights this year. The park is host to numerous community events including Canada Day festivities and Dragon Boat Festival, so this one will be hard to beat. However, Coulee Creek's management likes to point out that they have a beautiful lake of their own, quiet walking paths, inviting playground, and a bit less traffic! With ample open space and opportunities for small gatherings, Coulee Creek plans to make this a competitive series and attract the residents to this south side gem.

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The Sugar Bowl enters this tournament as a winter sport favorite. Despite its actual name of Ravine Park, the Sugar Bowl is aptly nicknamed due to its abundance of tobogganers in those winter months. Constructed in the 1960s, this park has seen its share of visitors and also shows off its summer side with a playground and outdoor fitness equipment. Gyro Park is a subtle entry that plans to use its historic value to combat those parks with high play value in this tournament. This 3-hectare site is situated at 14 St S and 10 Ave A S and is one of the oldest in the park system. Originally constructed in 1896, Gyro has been home to Lethbridge's first agricultural fair (1897) and a horse racing track with grandstand (1898-1910). The park has also seen numerous name changes, ranging from Society's Grounds to Queen Victoria Park to Gyro Park. Can history outshine the glamour of traditional park amenities? Will the history buffs of Lethbridge decide this battle? Time will tell!

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West Region

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Nicholas Sheran comes to the tournament fully loaded across all park disciplines. It offers a railroad-themed playground, one of the longest disc golf courses in the country, both paved and granular walking paths, water recreation, and an abundance of open space (just watch out for those flying discs!). With its near-50 year history as the west side's regional park, Nicholas Sheran has its sight set on an extended playoff run. Not to be outdone, though, Canyon Crest counters with its own substantial water feature. Management likes to point out that this water flows through the park rather than sit idle in traditional pond fashion. They hope this streaming water serves as a playoff metaphor as they flow through this first round matchup against a stagnant Nicholas Sheran. Aquatics aside, Canyon Crest also highlights that they were home to one of Lethbridge's first accessible playgrounds, as well as an entry pavilion and roaming pathways.

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This matchup is a north/south battle of the west side park system. Sunridge, representing the south, brings a more naturalized experience to this tournament. Originally constructed as a sustainable, naturalized park, Sunridge is an urban escape for residents and visitors with a dock and pockets of dense vegetation around the lake. Featuring a waterfall adjacent to a playground, Sunridge hopes to wash away its competitor in Joe Meszaros Park. However, the latter is a newcomer to the park system and plans to represent the developing community of Country Meadows with a strong showing. Located off Metis Trail and Walsh Drive, this park also features a playground, lake, and surrounding walking paths. Being only a few years old, Joe Meszaros Park doesn't have the mature, vegetative growth of Sunridge but does provide residents with seating areas overlooking the lake. This matchup can come down to west siders preferences…north or south!

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Downtown Region

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History is prevalent in this matchup. Galt Gardens has been part of the Lethbridge downtown since 1885 and has been the primary green space in the area ever since. Donated by the Galt family, the park has gone through several iterations over its 137 years but currently serves as one of the premier festival spaces in the city. In addition to its history, Galt Gardens contains many modern-day community staples such as the Rotary Fountain, pergola, and Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG). Kinsmen doesn't have the same history but still clocks in as one of the park veterans in this tournament with a construction date of 1957. Situated at 10 St S and 9 Ave S, Kinsmen plans to use its youth to take down the stodgy Galt Gardens with offerings of active amenities such as a playground, tennis/pickelball courts, basketball court, and community garden.

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Indian Battle Park is displeased to be seeded at #2 in this bracket and plans to use its full arsenal to make its way through the downtown bracket. Also rich in history, the park is named after the last great battle between the Blackfoot and Cree. The park boasts an abundance of walking paths, Fort Whoop Up, rattlesnake play piece, Mini-Fort playground, gazebo, and access to the Oldman River. Though not technically part of Indian Battle Park, the Helen Schuler Nature Centre plans to provide a push to Indian Battle's championship quest with their numerous nature-based offerings. Kiwanis may claim foul if the Nature Centre intervenes but they feel primed for the fight. Established at 4 St S and 7A Ave S, the park was named after the Kiwanis Club of Lethbridge and clocks in as the smallest park in this tournament at 1.13 acres. Despite its physical stature, the park has undergone a rebuild in recent years and features an enhanced entrance sign celebrating the Kiwanis past, new playground, and outdoor fitness equipment. Kiwanis Park feels it is certainly ready to take down the mighty Indian Battle Park and show the Lethbridge residents that size doesn't matter. Will the voters agree?  

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