Input into the decision included visitor counts, onsite engagement of park users, and an online survey. Police crime statistics and key stakeholders in the area were also consulted.
While user counts concluded that Shaw Millennium Park is used by only a handful of people after midnight, public engagement indicated that citizens liked the option of being able to use the park at any time day or night.
A decision was also made to align the neighboring green space at Mewata Armoury with regional park hours and it will now be open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. On-site signage will notify visitors as to where the 24-hour status is in effect, and where regional park hours apply.
North America’s largest free outdoor skatepark
Shaw Millennium Park (SMP) is North America's largest free outdoor skatepark and is located on the western edge of downtown Calgary. It’s a highly valued recreation space for Calgary youth and adults. This park first opened in September 2000 and has over 35,000 visitors every year. The park features 75,000 square feet of skateable surface and has operated as a 24-hour park since it was built 15 years ago.
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Submitted by Corinna Baxter, Parks