Confederation Park Improvements
Improvements to Confederation Park, one of Calgary’s significant cultural landscapes, are well underway. Most of the work was completed in time for the Canada Day celebration however a few improvements are in progress.
- built a new natural play space;
- completed a new pathway connector;
- installed new seating and BBQ pits;
- planted over 4,000 new native plants;
- removed invasive vegetation;
- created one of two public art murals in the 10th Street and 14th Street pedestrian tunnels (the second mural will be complete in late summer 2017);
- repurposed the unused parking area west of the washrooms;
- enhanced plantings adjacent to the single flag to showcase a rose garden in the form of the Confederation symbol;
- relocated the planting bed east of 10 Street N.W. to accommodate a small, grassed amphitheatre for daytime seasonal performances.
Work nearing completion:
- by the end of 2018 additional lighting enhancements will be complete;
- in the fall of 2017 an observation deck near the lagoon will be built to reduce erosion; this deck will accommodate wheelchairs, strollers and other mobility aids;
- at the end of summer 2017 new interpretive and way-finding signage will be installed; the signs will include an audio tour (to be completed by the end of 2017), frames that are angled to 45 degrees and built at wheelchair height for easier visibility, as well as placement at locations in the park where wheelchairs and other mobility aids can access.
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. In addition, Public Engagement influenced the natural play space design. A draft concept plan was created as a result of the Public Engagement process.
Highlights of the new play space include re-imaging the original Confederation Park fort with accessible surfacing and equipment, a climbing canoe, big and small slides, swings sets and areas with water and sand to encourage all types of play.
The improvements budget is $1.1 million, with additional funding for the 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;
- share feedback about celebrating Canadas 150th anniversay in 2017 in Confederation Park.
Public and stakeholder feedback was compiled and reviewed, and a What we heard report was created.
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. Please view 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.