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The lagoon at Bowness Park welcomes skaters from mid-November to mid-March, depending on the weather. (Cody Stuart / CREB®Now)

Calgary offers ways to warm up to winter

Nov. 11, 2021 | Cody Stuart


Stories Tagged - Calgary Parks

Cody Stuart / CREB®Now

March 16, 2021 | Cody Stuart

Prairie Winds Park provides unique opportunities for recreation and connection in northeast Calgary

When it comes to crowning Calgary's most eclectic park, it would be tough to top the assortment of activities and opportunities offered at Prairie Winds Park.

Cody Stuart / CREB®Now

Feb. 01, 2021 | Cody Stuart

Cold calling: Calgary's outdoor rinks provide much-needed outdoor activity option amid COVID-19 restrictions

With pandemic precautions forcing Calgarians to restructure their lives, the city's outdoor spaces have become a hot commodity this winter. Among the spots in highest demand have been the city's many outdoor rinks.

Cody Stuart / CREB®Now

Oct. 08, 2020 | Cody Stuart

Natural attraction: for residents of nearby communities, the allure of Nose Hill Park is hard to resist

Nose Hill Park looms large over Calgary's northwest – an expanse of unspoiled grassland enveloped by the vastness of an ever-evolving city. Nearly unchanged from the days when herds of buffalo roamed the Prairies, the park now serves as a stomping ground for the herds of Calgarians that jog, walk and bike their way around its 300 kilometres of trails every day.

Cody Stuart / CREB®Now

July 02, 2020 | Cody Stuart

Local leisure: Confederation Park one of many Calgary green spaces seeing rise in visitors due to COVID-19

As anyone who has recently spent time in any of the city's 8,000 hectares of green space can attest, Calgarians are eager to get outside.

Driven by the long-awaited arrival of summer and the need for closer-to-home recreation options due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the popularity of Calgary's parks is on the rise.

Calgary currently boasts 8,310 hectares of open space, which works out to 6.7 hectares of all types of space  – or 3.2 hectares of mowed and manicured park space – per thousand residents.
Courtesy Bill Longstaff

June 20, 2018 | Geoff Geddes

50 shades of green

Calgary is no concrete jungle

In addition to the streets, sidewalks and skyscrapers that define most large cities, Calgary is blessed with enough parks and natural spaces to leave other major centres green with envy.

"It's very important to have a variety of open spaces for relief from urban living, whether it's pathways for exercise, parks with playgrounds or just a place to kick a soccer ball," said Travis Shaw, planning and development lead with Calgary Parks.

Prairie Winds Park is equipped with a water park – featuring a spray pad, wading pool and Calgary’s first outdoor lazy river – as well as a unique playground area called the playscape.
Courtesy Calgary Parks

Dec. 13, 2017 | Gerald Vander Pyl

Winds of change

Redeveloped Prairie Winds Park is a vital community hub in northeast Calgary

Wander into Prairie Winds Park in northeast Calgary any summer day and you'll see children enjoying the wading pool, families playing cricket or having a picnic, and people on the tennis courts. In the winter, people are out tobogganing, skating and enjoying the great outdoors in the popular regional park.

Prairie Winds Park opened in 1990, but recently underwent a complete redevelopment, says Michelle Wong, who worked on the project as capital lead for Calgary Parks.

Calgary's Beltline area was chosen as the site of the most recent off-leash park after the City of Calgary identified almost 650 dogs licensed in the area. Photo by Michelle Hofer/For CREB®Now.

June 10, 2016 | Cody Stuart

City opens downtown off-leash park

New site opens at Cannaught Park

The City of Calgary has opened its first fenced inner-city off-leash area at Connaught Park.

"There are almost 650 dogs licensed in the Beltline, and during public engagement we identified a need for a safe and dedicated off-leash space in the area," says Doug Marter, development manager for Calgary Parks.

Connaught Park, located at 11th Street and 14 Avenue S.W., was selected for its central location and because it was originally designed as a multi-use park, said the City.

Morning News Rundown

Sept. 15, 2014 | CREBNow

Morning News Rundown

July 03, 2014 | CREBNow

Back to Bowness Park

Storied, flood-damaged park to re-open by end of year

A historical and natural jewel in the city of Calgary, Bowness Park is expected to be once again open to the public by the end of the year.

In the midst of a $12 million redevelopment project, the park was one of the areas hit hardest by June 2013 flooding. Debris lined the canal, a mainstay for winter skating, silt covered the entire park and boulders almost a metre high rolled into roadways and parking lots.

Sept. 16, 2013 | CREBNow

Test Your Knowledge: Calgary Parks

From biking to picnicking and tobogganing to taking an evening stroll, Calgary's parks are the jewels of the city. There are more than 5,000 park sites in Calgary open year round for outdoor enthusiasts and their families. How much do you know?


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