Central Memorial Park will be officially re-opened on Friday, at 5 p.m. marking a significant redevelopment of one of Calgary’s oldest and most treasured parks.
Originally completed in 1912, Central Memorial Park has been redeveloped to offer year-round usage, day and night, in a vibrant and safe setting.
The initial park design was in 1908 by HG Burrows (one of the founders of the Calgary Horticultural Society). In 1911/1912 William Iverson, Parks Superintendent at the time, redesigned the park when the Library was constructed. William Reader became Parks Superintendent in 1913 and this is when he began to develop the flora design in the park.
The park will accommodate activities such as festival events and offers new park amenities including a garden-side cafe, additional seating, pathways, an on-site office, public washrooms, lighting, illuminated fountains and two outdoor reading rooms with wireless internet connections.
“One of the primary park re-development objectives was to ensure that we maintained the historical significance of the park,” said Anne Charlton, Parks Director. “The park rejuvenation has restored many significant Calgary monuments, has brought new attention to the historic Memorial Park Library, and has renewed many of the characteristics from the original designs.”
The park is located between 12th and 13th Avenues and between 2nd and 4th Streets S.W., in Calgary’s downtown.
Special guests in attendance included Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands with her husband and Professor Pieter van Vollenhove to thank Calgarians who helped liberated the Netherlands 65 years ago.
The Calgary Highlanders carry on the proud and courageous traditions of the WWI 10th battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. A tradition that engaged combatants in WWII and was actively involved in the battle for Walcheren - a key victory for the liberation of the Netherlands. War heroes from this legacy will be present to assist the Princess. Together with the Dutch community of Calgary and surviving veterans she will pay homage to Canadian liberators who fought so valiantly and gave their lives in the battle for the freedom of her country.
The $11.5M revitalization of the park was made possible in part by funding from the ENMAX Parks Program through the ENMAX Legacy Fund.
More information on the park and Parks’ 100th anniversary celebration events can be found at calgary.ca/parks. Here is a map of the Park.