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Parks, pathways and natural areas

Picnic at Sandy Beach

All Calgary parks are open from 5 a.m. - 11 p.m. except:

Parks and pathways safety

Pathway rules, regulations and etiquette guidelines are in place to ensure the safety of all users and keep our parks healthy and sustainable. Please follow them each time you visit.

Within parks, please:

  • Keep animals leashed (unless otherwise posted at designated off-leash areas).
  • Clean up after your pet (min. $250 fine).
  • Respect plants, trees and wildlife (min. $500 fine for illegal tree removal or pruning).
  • Stay on designated trails.

On pathways, please:

  • Respect the posted speed limit of either 20 km/hour or 10 km/hr, depending on location
  • Signal audibly when passing
  • Keep to the right and yield to the right-of-way
  • Only electric recreational vehicles are permitted on the pathways, such as electric assisted bicycles​
  • Power on demand electric or gas bicycles are not allowed on pathways
  • Be considerate to other pathway users
  • Be a responsible pet owner; maintain control and clean up after your pet

To report inappropriate activities (i.e. vandalism) or safety concerns, contact 311.

About our Parks, pathways and natural areas

The City of Calgary provides more than 8,000 hectares of parkland and natural areas, as well as 905 km of pathways for you to enjoy. We also:

  • maintain more than 1,100 playgrounds, over 475 soccer fields and over 430 baseball diamonds
  • mow the equivalent of nearly 3,800 McMahon stadiums during the growing season; public parks every two weeks and playfields once a week
  • routinely plant thousands of trees throughout Calgary each year
  • maintain picnic sites in nine different parks across the city
  • ensure the 8,400 park benches throughout the city are in good condition when you’re ready for a sit-down.

Calgarians tell us every year in our annual satisfaction survey how much they appreciate the quality of life provided by City parks, pathways and natural areas. To enhance and protect these resources, we actively promote environmental awareness and stewardship through education programs, special events and volunteer initiatives such as the annual Pathway and River Cleanup.