Friday, September 7, 2012

Doors Open YYC: Ten facilities, two days, one exceptional experience

Get to know your city in ways never before possible during Doors Open YYC on Sept. 29 and 30.

Through this exclusive, free opportunity you’ll get behind-the-scenes tours, events and insider information sessions at 10 City of Calgary facilities and 25 other locations of historic, architectural, cultural and social significance.

Media were given a sneak peek at what’s to come at a Sept. 5th news conference hosted by the Doors Open Calgary Association (DOCA), a registered non-profit organization that exists solely to plan and execute an annual Doors Open YYC event.

At the conference, the 35 sites were revealed and Mayor Naheed Nenshi demonstrated his support for the event by welcoming reporters into his office. That’s just one of many, normally off-limits places citizens will have access to during the two-day event.

The City’s participation and in-kind support provided to DOCA reflects its commitment to make Calgary an even better place to work, live and play, as expressed though the imagineCALGARY vision and Transforming Government projects. Visitors to City facilities will experience a range of insights into municipal operations, environmental leadership, nature conservation and public service offerings.

Doors Open events in other cities around the world have been very successful in building civic pride, creating enthusiasm for heritage and contemporary architecture, and promoting public spaces that build our collective sense of community. The concept for Doors Open originated in Glasgow, Scotland in 1990 and has since expanded to 44 countries, including Canada. Toronto has held highly-successful events since 2000.

“We are very excited to give Calgarians this opportunity, particularly  in such an impressive and integrated manner,” says Beth Gignac, Manager of The City’s Arts and Culture division and member of DOCA. “Calgary will now proudly take its place amongst the many cities and towns throughout the world as we share with each other our extraordinary places and spaces.”

For more detailed location information, please visit

  1. Calgary Civic Complex
  2. Calgary Fire Department Training Academy
  3. Colonel Walker House (Inglewood Bird Sanctuary)
  4. Oliver Bowen LRV Facility
  5. Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Centre
  6. Reader Rock Garden
  7. Southland Leisure Centre
  8. Traffic Management Centre
  9. Victoria Park Bus Facility
  10. Water Centre

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