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River Park, Sandy Beach and Britannia Slopes

Sandy Beach and Britannia Slopes on the Elbow River

River Park, Sandy Beach and the Britannia Slopes together form a popular park and recreation area for Calgarians. This regional park is located north of the Glenmore Dam and along the Elbow River in southwest Calgary.

Update - Summer 2014

Construction crews began work in the park in mid-July. Signage was posted in the park prior to the work starting to remind park users of the construction. Park users are asked to please respect all park closures and signage while construction is occurring.

Parks is anticipating having all improvements and recommendations identified in the Council approved Design Development Plan (DDP) completed by the end of 2016, and will post construction updates on this web page. Questions or concerns can be directed to Parks by contacting 311.

Parks would also like to remind people of the ongoing flood repairs happening in the park, specifically riverbank stabilization work and repairs to the Elbow River pedestrian bridge. For more information on the park’s flood recovery work, visit The City’s Flood Recovery web page.

Parking Lot Closures - Riverdale Avenue and Sandy Beach  - The parking lots for Sandy Beach Park at the west end of Riverdale Ave and the end of 50 Ave S.W. will be closed from Sept. 2 - 15.  During this time, crews will be installing bridge towers, cables and bridge decks.  For more information visit

Project information

From 2009-11, The City of Calgary Parks worked with stakeholder groups and the public to develop a management and design development plan for the park. The plan was developed to address stakeholder concerns about environmental damage, aging amenities and user-group conflicts.

The two main goals for this planning process were:

  1. A Park Management Plan recommending principles and strategies related to enhancing the park experience for all users, reducing potential conflict among park users, minimizing biophysical impact of park users and maximizing park sustainability.
  2. A phased Design Development Plan (DDP) identifies opportunities for improvement related to off-leash dog use, impact of over-use in general relating to park health and maintenance, impact of use by river rafters, appropriate location of internal trails/regional pathways, increasing pedestrian access and use by nearby residents, and traffic and parking.


In March 2014, City Council voted to allocate funding through the ENMAX Legacy Parks Program to complete all of the park improvements and recommendations in the DDP.