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Olympic Plaza

Olympic Plaza is a beautiful destination place for downtown Calgary workers during lunch hour. The plaza was built in 1988 for the Olympic Winter Games and has one of the few refrigerated outdoor ice surfaces in the city.

About the park

Olympic Plaza was built in 1988 for the Olympic Winter Games in Calgary as the site of the medal presentation ceremonies and now hosts many special events & festivals throughout the year. It is also a wonderful place to sit and enjoy your lunch during the noon hour.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Olympic Plaza Transformation

The Olympic Plaza Transformation will see a full redesign of the plaza as an innovative, flexible and active space in the core.

Address: 228 8 Ave. S.E.

Area: 1.2 hectares 

Hours: 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. 

Events at Olympic Plaza

Park features

While visiting Olympic Plaza, please remember that the following is not permitted:

Rentals provide by
Rental availability may be different than skating hours.

The waterfalls are currently turned off for the season

Public parks, pathways, skateparks and greenspaces are available for booking.


The park includes a section of the escarpment but most of the area is on the flats. The flats are gravel deposits on an outer curve of the river. Consequently the shape of the park is constantly changing as some areas are washed away and others built up.

Prior to becoming parkland, the flats were owned by various large land-owners although there is no evidence of major human activities or settlement in the area. But, there is an interesting structure called a "sappers bridge" built in 1992 by military field engineers, otherwise known as sappers.

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