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, walk or to watch a festival. It is also a great 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. Hawrelak is also open for ice skating on the man made lake in the winter. It is one of seven open ice surfaces in the city.
This walk takes us around the man made lake that is the centrepiece of Hawrelak Park. From the parking lot, you will pass the main pavilion which has washrooms, lockers and refreshments. Further on you will pass the paddle boat rental centre before moving on around the lake. The Heritage Amphitheatre is just behind you as you work your way around the lake. All around the lake, you will find picnic sites and park benches for people to enjoy. The continual flow of traffic around the park brings new people to the water's edge all of the time. There is also a beach area for volleyball on the far end of this walk.
Even on a quiet day, Hawrelak park is full of families enjoying the day. There are many amenities to enjoy year round in this park, so be sure to check them all out. less «