About the park
Located in the Crescent Heights community, Crescent Park is bound by Crescent Road N.W. to the south, 2nd Street N.W. to the east, 3rd Street N.W. to the west and the lane behind 12th Avenue N.W. to the north. The park dates from 1923 and is comprised of an open/ornamental area and a variety of recreational areas.
- Crescent Park Map
- Tennis courts
- Skating rink
- Baseball diamonds
- Picnic tables
Crescent Park developed over the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. The recreational components included a pleasure skating rink, a hockey arena, the North Hill Curling Club, lawn bowling, tennis courts, and baseball diamonds. All of these activities exist today except for lawn bowling. Recreational areas are important in the establishment of a city as they allow citizens opportunities to gather for leisure and social engagement.
The park’s planting design includes dense planting around the edges of the three areas of the park. The edge and dividing planting design is typical of park design from the 1920s and 30s. During Calgary’s early development and into 1940s parks were thought of as refuges from the rest of the city. There were typically dense plantings around the edges of parks to keep the dust and noise out of the park, and people in the park. This approach is in marked contrast to the way parks are designed today. Contemporary park design includes an emphasis on inviting people into the park and having transparency from the street.
There are numerous community and public parks in Calgary to explore.
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