Prairie Winds Park Redevelopment
Playscape area closures July 4 - 12: areas around the new playscape will be fenced off and temporarily closed for repairs to the rubber surface.
Portions of the park have reopened to the public. Come check out the exciting new and improved features of this regional park for all Calgarians!
Park highlights include:
- unique playscape complete with a zipline, running bowl, concrete wave and half court,
- picnic shelters, bbq areas, tandoori oven and tables,
- cricket pitch, tennis courts and basketball courts,
- pathways, trails and fitness stations,
- public art feature,
- and get a sneak peek at the new wading pool and lazy river that will be opening in July.
The City of Calgary began engaging citizens on the redevelopment of Prairie Winds Park in 2014. In early 2015, a preferred design concept was created based on the public's feedback and taken to City Council for approval. City Council approved the concept and Design Development Plan. Throughout 2015, Parks has been working on a detailed design for the park, which is now complete and ready for construction.
During public engagement, we heard from citizens that they wanted a park that:
- Is accessible and welcoming to people of all ages, cultures and abilities;
- Provides a range of active and passive space that can be used year-round;
- Provides structures and services to make the park comfortable;
- Include spaces for families and communities to gather and celebrate;
- Ensure pathways are well connected;
- Protect and enhance the park's unique character, and;
- Provide places to play, learn and grow.
We listened and designed a park that will:
- Retain the toboggan hill and add a lookout at the top;
- Move the existing tennis courts to a new location;
- Create a new main entry plaza;
- Create a new expanded playscape;
- Replace the existing wading pool with a new wading pool and lazy river feature;
- Renovate and expand the existing park centre building;
- Fix existing drainage problems and improve accessibility on existing pathways;
- Replace the existing baseball diamond with a family sized/junior cricket pitch;
- Add seasonal washrooms in the park, install drinking fountains, provide more seating areas and install a tandoori oven;
- Upgrade open spaces to accommodate events and festivals;
- Reclaim area where artificial creek is for passive park uses;
- Add more picnic shelters;
- Add fitness stations and additional entry points.
The park will also contain a public art element.
For more information on our engagement for this project, visit calgary.ca/engage.