Improvements to Confederation Park, one of Calgary’s significant cultural landscapes, are underway. Highlights include: additional lighting, completion of a pathway missing link, repurposing the unused parking area west of the washrooms, and replacing the playground near 30 Avenue N.W. with a natural play space. A Public Art component will also be incorporated in alignment with The City’s Public Art Policy.
Additional improvements include:
- Enhancing the plantings adjacent to the single flag to showcase a rose garden in the historic form of the Confederation symbol;
- Relocating the kidney-shaped planting bed east of 10 Street N.W. to accommodate a small, grassed amphitheatre for daytime seasonal performances;
- Removing invasive vegetation along the lagoon edge;
- Installing a deck at the lagoon to address erosion;
- Adding interpretive and way-finding signage.
Many of these improvements were identified in the Confederation Park Management Plan, which guides The City’s annual work plans for the management and maintenance of the park. Approximately 50 per cent of the recommendations have been completed.
A draft concept plan for the new natural play space is available. The existing playground will be removed this spring, and construction of the new natural play space will begin shortly after. Feedback from the public engagement process helped influence the concept, some highlights include the re-imaging of the original Confederation Park Fort with accessible surfacing and equipment, including a canoe for climbing, big and small slides, swings sets and areas with water and sand play helping to promote all types of play.
The goal of the improvements is to complete the work in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. The Project’s budget is $1.1 million, with additional funding for the new, natural play space.
Engagement and Information session
June 9, 2016
A drop-in public information and engagement session was held at the Rosemont Community Hall on Thursday, June 9. Public input was gathered at the session as well as online until July 10. View the open house display materials.
Here is a highlight of the opportunities that were available input:
- provide feedback on designing a new natural play space to replace the existing playground near 30 Ave. N.W.;
- provide feedback on the ways in which we could repurpose the unused parking area west of the washrooms;
- tell us how you think we could celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017 at Confederation Park.
Public and stakeholder feedback was compiled and reviewed, and a What we heard report
is now available. We thank all Calgarians for their valuable input and though we may not be able to use every idea and suggestion we will work to incorporate as much as possible. Calgary Parks is a steward of Calgary's green and natural spaces, with a responsibility to ensure our parks and natural spaces are appropriately maintained, enhanced and conserved. We will do our best to balance your feedback with this responsibility. Thank you for your interest and participation in this great project!
Construction work will occur in the park throughout 2016 and in the spring/summer of 2017. Our goal is to complete as much of the work as possible to celebrate Canada Day in 2017.
Information Session - February 2016
On February 4, a public information session was held at the Rosemont Community Association, and information about the improvements was shared. Pleaseview the display materials for details.
A part of our history
Confederation Park was created in 1967 to commemorate the centennial of Canada’s Confederation. Today, 50 years later, this park is one of Calgary’s most beloved parks, visited by multiple generations of Calgarians, past and present. In early 2017, in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the park was designated a Municipal Historic Resource, and will continue to delight future generations of Calgarians. Confederation Park's heritage value is from its development as one of The City’s major initiatives celebrating Canada’s Centennial in 1967.
Please continue to check back for updates as the project progresses.