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Edworthy Park

Edworthy Park sits in a valley along the Bow River in southwest Calgary and includes the majestic Douglas Fir Trail and historical Lawrey Gardens.

 


Location: 5050 Spruce Dr. S.W. (Bow Tr. & Spruce Dr. S.W.)

Area: 169 hectares

Park hours: 5 a.m. - 11 p.m.

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steps in Douglas Fir Trail
Douglas Fir Trail

Park features

  • Playground
  • Picnic sites
  • Picnic shelters
  • Pathways
  • Gazebo
  • Firepits and BBQ stands
  • Picnic tables
  • Benches
  • Off-leash areas
  • Public washroom (seasonal)

About the park

Bordered by the Bow River and the community of Wildwood, Edworthy Park is a large diverse park that makes it a year-round destination. Edworthy Park includes the natural areas of Douglas Fir Trail and Lawrey Gardens.

History

Edworthy Park was once a part of the Cochrane Ranch and was eventually purchased by Thomas Edworthy in 1883. Along side his neighbour John Lawrey, Edworthy established a profitable garden market that supplied fresh fruit and vegetables to railway crews and homesteaders. In later years, after discovering sandstone on his property, he operated sandstone quarries for the construction of many buildings in Calgary. The land was purchased by the City in 1962 for the development of a park.

Elimination of invasives species

Citizens should note that work initiated in Edworthy Park to remove Caragana (Caragana arborescens) will be ongoing through 2014. The Caragana, an invasive species introduced from Siberia and parts of China, is being removed to increase the biodiversity of the existing native tree stand.

Removal will include:

  • Brush-sawing, chain-sawing and chipping the Caragana stand where it has become very thick.
  • Selectively brushing Caragana plants where they have crept into the native trees.
  • Soil conditioning, tilling the top soil layer, within the mulched areas.
  • Selective herbicide applications (spot spraying) of Caragana regrowth, anticipated to occur from remaining roots and seeds.

The work being done aligns with Parks’ Natural Areas Management Plan, Open Space Plan, and the Municipal Development Plan. Please call 311 for more information.