What to know about Calgary parks

Calgary is blessed with so many great parks, so where do we even begin? Whatever the season, the City of Calgary works tirelessly to provide you with excellent spaces to relax, enjoy nature and spend time outside. More than 8,000 hectares of parkland and natural areas, as well as 905 kilometres of pathways, exist within city limits for you to walk, run, bike or explore as you please. Big or small, kept or unkept, amenities or not, Calgary parks should be appreciated by all.

 

The majority of parks are open from 5am-11pm daily, with the exception of some designated areas. When you are exploring our Calgary parks, it is asked that you stay on marked trails and respect the plants, trees and wildlife around you – a minimum fine of $500 could be handed out for illegal tree removal or pruning. If you are a pet owner, you are probably well-aware of the on- and off-leash procedures. Animals are to be kept on-leash at all times except for designated off-leash parks and areas, as well as cleaned up after; a minimum $250 fine awaits those who don’t.

If you’re a pathway runner, walker, biking or user of any kind, there are other rules that help make the pathways useable by everyone. When using any mode of transportation, you are to respect the posted speed limit – generally 10 or 20 km/hr, depending on the area of the city. You are to keep right and yield to the right-of-way, signalling when turning and passing others. Overall, be a considerate pathway user whether you are walking your dog or riding an electric scooter.

These scooters are one of the newer additions to the city that you most likely have seen people zipping around on. Maxing out at 20 km/hour, these electric scooters are allowed to be ridden on pathways only, not roadways. Used easily by downloading an app on your phone and inputting your credit card information, scoot or bike around our city for easy access to parks and the river pathways. For more information on these, visit the Limeor Bird website.

With so many parks within city limits, there are probably more areas to maintain in Calgary than you are aware of:

  • The city maintains 1,100+ playgrounds, 475+ soccer fields and 430+ baseball diamonds.
  • City employees mow approximately 3,800 McMahon stadiums’ worth of grass during the growing season.
  • Thousands of trees are planted each year throughout Calgary.
  • They maintain picnic sites in nine different parks across the city.
  • Don’t forget the 8,400 park benches to maintain throughout the city year-round.

Stay up-to-date on what’s currently happening in our parks by following Calgary Parksor Parks of Calgary on Instagram. It’s easy to say you’re going to spend more time in our gorgeous parks but seeing a constant reminder of what you’re missing on your Instagram feed might be the kick in the pants you need to get off the couch and out the door.

Get exploring, Calgary!

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