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Best Park & Playground

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Lions Park

3 Tolen Drive, 587-275-1000

PHOTO: Dawn Booth

With a clubhouse, colourful mural, playground area, disc golf course and a river that runs through it, the Lions Park is one of Fort McMurray’s most popular due to its centralized location and scenic backdrop.

The park’s name was adopted by Lions Clubs International, which first established in Fort McMurray on March 8, 1979. Today, the clubhouse remains home to the Fort McMurray Tarsands Lions Club. The Club’s mission is to give back and utilizes its philanthropic methods by giving back in the community.

In 2015, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo hosted a public call-out to Canadian-based artists to design and paint a mural under the Prairie Loop bridge, as part of the graffiti abatement project. Artists Daniel J. Kirk and Ivan Ostapenko won the bid and together created a mural to showcase subjects unique to the region; including its wildlife and northern lights.

And, if you’re up on with the trend of Fort McMurray’s favourite hide-and-seek game, you’ll find plenty of FortMac ‘Rocks’ around the park at 3 Tolen Drive. Also, when you take a short walk across the award-winning Hangingstone River Pedestrian Bridge, you’ll find yourself at the gateway to Heritage Village.


Dawn Booth is a local journalist and business owner of the communication service, Media Booth. Residing in Fort McMurray since 2007, Booth has been actively working in the Wood Buffalo region as a media and marketing expert. From her arrival to the city, until November 2010, she worked as the Special Features Editor at the Fort McMurray Today. In April 2011, she co-launched snapd Wood Buffalo and managed the publication for three years, until June 2014. In March 2014, she created Media Booth and is currently working with a wide-variety of clients in the business and nonprofit sectors throughout Alberta. Her passion for volunteering in the community has given her two civic awards from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. She has also received the title for the Fort McMurray Connect's Top 40 Under 40 and is one of Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta's 2014-2015 Women of Inspiration. A happy wife and loving mother to two young boys and a baby girl, Booth can be found easily at