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Ward 1 News: Shouldice Athletic Park Redevelopment

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The completion of the redevelopment of Shouldice Park has been achieved years in advance of the anticipated schedule.  This is a long-awaited, highly anticipated achievement, as the park is a significant public space for Calgary’s sport community. Designated by Council as the home of amateur football in Calgary in 1986, the park serves an estimated 6,000 football players of all ages and skill levels and is home to several other sport leagues and events. In 2014, bookings for soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, rugby and ultimate totalled nearly 7,500 hours. The new amenities will help meet demand and attract larger multi-sport tournaments and events.  With funding received through the Alberta Community Partnership (ACP) grant, and thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Greater Calgary Amateur Football Association (GCAFA), The City is able to complete the last phase of the park’s redevelopment. 

The ACP grant, valued at $5.69M, will fund the construction of new multi-sport user and spectator amenities in the Plaza, including additional change rooms, accessible public washrooms, player drop-off zones, improved pedestrian connections, landscaping and lighting. The end result is a flagship athletic park worthy of hosting national competitions.

Shouldice Field

Initial concept plans for redevelopment of Shouldice Athletic Park outlined a long-term (10-year), phased investment strategy. Upgrades began (Phase 1) with the construction of three artificial turf fields in 2009. Development of the Plaza (Phase 2) began in summer 2014 and is being extended to include the build-out of user and spectator amenities (Phase 3). The redevelopment of the park included the installation of three artificial turf fields, scoreboards, lighting, spectator seating, and upgrades to the existing change rooms and washroom facilities. The development of the Plaza will lay the foundation for future upgrades and help integrate the multisport park by creating a shared space connecting amenities and improving overall aesthetics of the park. The Plaza will also include provisions for food trucks during high-volume spectator events.

With the early completion of the Shouldice Athletic Park project, the City was able to start the beautification of the 16 Avenue/TCH corridor.  This is the primary entrance into Montgomery from the West and is scheduled for completion later this year.

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