Central Memorial Park
Central Memorial Park (also known as Memorial Park) is Calgary’s oldest park and is located in the heart of the Beltline. Remembrance Day ceremonies are held here annually on November 11.
Location: 1221 2 St. S.W.
Area: 2 hectares
Park hours: 5 a.m. - 11 p.m.
- Home to the Memorial Public Library (National Heritage Site)
- Boer War Memorial equestrian statue
- World War I soldier statue in front of the library
- Memorial honouring Rt. Hon. Richard Bedford Bennett
- Restaurant - Sidewalk Citizen coming soon.
In 1899, William Pearce convinced the Federal Government to donate land for the park and by 1912 the park was complete and considered a civic showcase. The grounds were modelled after a formal Victorian garden featuring geometric pathways, elaborate garden beds, and rows of imported and native trees.
The statue in front of the Memorial Park Library was erected in 1924 by the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire to honour the soldiers who fought in WWI. The equestrian statue was erected as a tribute to all Albertans who fought in the Second Boer War.