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New Bike Skills Park for South Glenmore Park - ANNOUNCEMENT

Building on the popularity of the previously constructed Bike Skills Parks in Chestermere and Fish Creek Park, Parks Foundation Calgary, in collaboration with the Calgary Mountain Bike Alliance, is creating another new park amenity on the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway. The creation will be a two-acre bike skills park located at South Glenmore park, west of the sailing club.

The park, which will be the size of almost two football fields, will be designed for all ages and abilities, from a toddler on a balance bike to intermediate teen and adult riders.

Says Sheila Taylor, CEO of Parks Foundation Calgary, “This park will give families unique space to practice their skills, whether it be a new or experienced rider. It’s also located on the Rotary/Mattamy Pathway so it will be a fun destination Calgarians can cycle to and play.”

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Once it’s open, the Calgary Mountain Bike Alliance will help maintain the park, leveraging their passion and expertise for cycling and making it more accessible to Calgarians. “The South Glenmore Bike Skills Park will be free to use, so we are so ecstatic about this project coming to life,” says David Mills, Executive Director of the Calgary Mountain Bike Alliance. “We are very grateful to the City of Calgary and Parks Foundation Calgary for their support.”

The park will help serve the increased demand for bike facilities in the city, while providing another recreational opportunity for Calgarians. Park construction will begin in spring 2019, with a planned opening date in summer 2019.

This important project is possible because of generous contributions from the Province of Alberta, Mountain Equipment Coop and other donors. Fundraising is ongoing; if you would like to make a contribution, click HERE

Testimonial from the Ultimate Wheelchair Sports Foundation

The generous funds we received from the Amateur Sport Grant helped us purchase equipment for our members with the most severe disabilities.

For two years we have been able to set up and significantly expand our Quad Handcycling Program. Yet, this is just the beginning, we are looking forward to continued benefits from the equipment purchased, to sustain the program and support even more members with quadriplegia.

To improve the Quad Handcycling Program we engaged an engineering group to develop a more user-friendly brake system for people with limited hand function. It allows for a better and safer riding experience. Specialized equipment for limited hand function is expensive and we would not have been able to establish our Quad Handcycling Program without the assistance of the Amateur Sports Grant.

In addition to supporting our current members, we have created relationships with recreation therapists at Foothill Hospitals and been able to engage people with quadriplegia directly from rehab even before they are discharged. It provides a realization that they can still be active despite their significant injury. It instills hope for the future. We have members with quadriplegia not able to wheel a manual wheelchair, but are able to handcycle. It provides freedom, independence and a feeling of accomplishment they may not experience in other aspects of life. Handcycling becomes an important element in efforts to re-establish a satisfactory quality of life, and we thank the Amateur Sport Grant for this opportunity to provide this program!

Creating Parks through Partnerships!

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At Parks Foundation we believe that all Calgarians deserve safe, interactive, and fun spaces to play and to gather in. Community green spaces offer an outdoor place to stay active, learn and build social connections. The Building Communities program is designed to provide support for community-led park projects so everyone can enjoy a healthy lifestyle and build vibrant communities.

 

BUILDING COMMUNITIES GRANT PROGRAM awarded seven grants from our May round of applications for a total of $150,000. We are excited to share our support for the following organization’s and their projects

  • Friends of SPS Foundation, St. Peter School’s Playground Replacement
  • Signal Hill Circle Community Association, Playground Replacement
  • Playground Heroes Society, St. Hubert School’s Playground Replacement
  • Springbank Hill Community Association, Nature Community Park
  • Prince of Peace Education Society, New School Playground
  • Cliff Bungalow-Mission Community Association, 17th Ave Pocket Square
     

PEMBINA AWARD was granted to:

•    Highland Park Community Association,
Playground Replacement

In addition to funding projects, we pride ourselves on providing ongoing support throughout the duration of every project. Our goal is to build community capacity and promote stewardship of new and valued community spaces. Each one of our supported projects will benefit Calgarians in all quadrants of our city, enhancing our green and recreational spaces and marking new landmarks across #YYC.

To support our work at Parks Foundation Calgary DONATE here.

 

HAPPY SUMMER!

Over $200,000 awarded in support of Amateur Sport in Calgary

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At Parks Foundation Calgary we support amateur sport development and participation for Calgarians of all ages.

The Amateur Sport Grant Program was created as part of the Saddledome Foundation’s establishment of an Olympic legacy from the operations of the Saddledome. The continued success of the program is possible through a joint community partnership with the Calgary Flames Hockey Club, The Saddledome Foundation, and Parks Foundation Calgary. (link to program, flames and saddledome foundation).

The AMATEUR SPORT GRANT PROGRAM is designed to support non-profit sport groups by providing funds for capital upgrades and equipment purchases. From our May round of applications six sport organization’s were awarded a total of $210,770. We are very excited to help fund these organizations that will provide significant benefit to the enrichment of amateur sport.

  • Braeside Community Association - Rink Renovations and Repairs
  • Calgary Rowing Club - Rowing Boats and Oars
  • Glendale Meadows Community Association - Outdoor rink tractor
  • East Calgary Twin Arena - Ice Resurfacer/Zamboni
  • Calgary Curling Club - New curling rocks
  • Waterwerks Kayak Club - Harvie Passage Activation  Equipment

All these projects will benefit Calgarians in all quadrants of our city, enhancing our green and recreational spaces and increasing the development of amateur sport across #YYC.

To support our work at Parks Foundation Calgary DONATE here.

HAPPY SUMMER!

Connecting people through play!

Searching for a running partner in your neighbourhood? An opponent with a schedule other than your typical 9 to 5? Or a friend who pedals at your speed?

Be sure to check out PlayCity, Calgary’s newest app that connects you to others who share the same sport, skill level, and location as you!

 

How did PlayCity start?

PlayCity began its journey when Hafiz Mitha, the founder and CEO, had trouble finding a suitable tennis partner despite having roots in Calgary. Other players were either too advanced or preferred courts on the other end of the city near their own neighbourhood, barriers that are common to many sports. That’s when Hafiz recognized the framework of dating apps could be applied to sports, helping others like him find suitable partners for sports.

Who do you meet on PlayCity?

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You meet people who share the same interest, skill level and memberships as you! We find it’s a great way to meet people through play from different backgrounds, age, life paths, identities and discover neat things along the way! In addition to finding a new partner, you may find yourself being a little more happy by exercising more frequently, improving a skill, learning new techniques, or even deviate entirely from sports with a side conversation about that new restaurant around the block, a mutual connection, or one of our favourite topics, sport tourism. Who doesn’t like learning about those niche marathons? Or met someone who participated in the Midnight Sun Marathon in Tromoso, Norway? It’s side bits like this that promote healthier connected communities.