June 28, 2017 | Barb Livingstone
Calgary's urban parks offer nearby residents a slice of the great outdoors in the heart of the city
At the beginning of July last year, John and Ildi Arlette took their first-ever walk through Confederation Park.
By the end of that month, they had bought a home in Mount Pleasant sitting near the crescent-shaped green space that stretches across 162 hectares – including eight hectares of wetlands – in northwest Calgary.
"We were on a date night and someone had told me about Confederation Park," said John Arlette. "Ildi is from Ontario and I realized I hadn't shown her much of Calgary – I hadn't even been to the park myself."
After that visit, the Arlettes sold their home in Signal Hill, becoming both inner-city – and park-side living – devotees.