Parks, pathways and natural areas
The City of Calgary provides more than 8,500 hectares of parkland and natural areas, as well as 1,000 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.
All Calgary parks are open from 5 a.m. - 11 p.m. except:
- Devonian Gardens - visit site for current hours
- Inglewood Bird Sanctuary - trails open sunrise to sunset, visit site for Nature Centre hours
- Olympic Plaza - 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.
- Ralph Klein Park - visit site for current facility hours
- Reader Rock Garden - open from sunrise to sunset
- Bottomlands Park - open from sunrise to sunset
Parks and pathways safety
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.
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. Learn more about pathway safety.