Marda Loop is a great neighbourhood in town. Kids are allowed to leave the school grounds at lunchtime and discover the neighbourhood. They have great parks outside the school grounds in close proximity and kids really enjoy visiting them in groups and sometimes picnic there during lunch if the weather is pleasant. Location of the school allows parent to run some of their errands as there are many retail opportunities and supermarkets close proximity of the school. For families coming from other parts of the town, school being just off the Crowchild, access to anywhere in the city is made easier. There are two popular ice-cream places close by the school and kids look for spring time to visit those with friends and parents after school time.
The location of the school is fantastic for us. We bought a house close to the school so our kids would not be too far. I am currently driving them to school. With them being so young I do not let them venture off the school grounds but as they get older, the surrounding neighbourhood is so safe and clean that I would love for them to learn some independence with walking to and from school alone. Or even riding their bikes! The community of garrison woods has so many children and its nice to see so many families live close and also attend the same school. Its an easy way to continue to build your relationship not just at school but outside of school days/activities.