Hawrelak Park is one of Edmonton's busiest parks. It is a very accessible park for all ages and all levels of mobility. It is also a... more » great place for a picnic, a festival or a jump off point for other trails in the river valley park system.
William Hawrelak Park (or simply Hawrelak Park) is named after former mayor William Hawrelak, and was formerly known as Mayfair Park. The park is home to the Heritage Amphitheatre, which is used for many festivals and performances, such as the Freewill Shakespeare Festival, the Edmonton Heritage Festival and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra's Symphony Under the Sky Festival. Also there is a large artificial lake that is popular with visitors. In the summertime one can rent paddleboats or feed ducks, and in the winter the entire lake is a vast skating rink. The park has walking–hiking trails around the perimeter which can be used for cross-country skiing in the winter. There are picnic sites, a children's playground, and large stretches of green space.
Because Hawrelak Park was designed with access in mind, this is the only driving tour in this guide. With good access off of Groat Road, you can quickly make your way around the park and find ample parking for the the event you are attending or the picnic site you are looking for. With the large lake, open green spaces and beautiful trails, Hawrelak is a favourite park for residents. less «