Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Come to our ice skating party at Bowness Park

Have you been to the new and improved Bowness Park yet? On Saturday, Feb. 7, you are invited to a skating party to celebrate the park’s re-opening after a major redevelopment and recovery from the 2013 flood.

The party, happening between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., is being hosted by The City of Calgary and the Bowness Community Association.

Come out and enjoy a skate around the amazing lagoon, take in a horse-drawn wagon ride, tap your feet to live local music from the Bownesians, and indulge in free hot chocolate and munchies while supplies last. Officials from The City of Calgary and Province of Alberta will give brief speeches at noon.

Free skate rentals

No skates? No problem! KidSport will be at the party with free skate rentals for Calgarians who don’t have skates on hand.

We look forward to seeing you there! Join our Facebook event to receive updates and invite your friends.

Bowness Park Redevelopment

Our goal with the redevelopment is to strengthen park visitors’ relationship with water, both with the river and the lagoon, in summer and winter. The large deck overlooking the lagoon allows for better access for skating and boating. And there is now an accessible pathway that runs along the edge of the Bow River.

“The Bowness Park redevelopment was designed to celebrate the rich history of the park and enhance park visitors’ experience,” states Michelle Reid, cultural landscape lead for Parks. “This park is very popular with Calgarians and we wanted to enhance it for visitors now and in the future.”

Now that the redevelopment is mostly complete, with 75 per cent of the park open to the public, Bownesians and Calgarians alike will be able to enjoy Bowness Park’s charm once again. Final touches of the redevelopment will happen in 2015/2016 with the installation of the restored mini train and construction of a new wading pool.

More information on Bowness Park and the redevelopment project.

Submitted by Corinna Baxter, Parks


  1. I am amazed with the new look of Bowness Park, it looks like you are stepping into magical world that no problem exists. I am from a small town in Europe, and we don't have anything similar here, but this reminds me of some old times, when my father took me to ice skating festival in Western Europe.

  2. I like it too, we had ice skate hall, but it is so much smaller!