About ParksFest

ParksFest invites Calgarians from every quadrant of the city to dream big, share ideas and re-imagine the future of community parks.

ParksFest is a free, public outdoor event, taking place in Haultain Park on Saturday September 21 from 1 – 4 p.m. This event will feature giant inflatable games, carnival games and stage performances. ParksFest also marks the official 10th anniversary celebration of Parks Foundation Calgary’s Building Communities program. To celebrate we will be awarding $50,000 through our special funding round - the Energize Awards.

Building Communities was created in 2009 with a vision of providing safe, interactive and fun spaces for Calgarians to play and build connections. Since its inception, Building Communities has provided more than $23 million dollars towards 160 local community projects. This year, to celebrate their 10th anniversary, ten local community projects were selected to compete for an additional $50,000 in award money ($25,000 for first place, $15,000 for second place, $10,000 for third place). These are called the Energize Awards. Calgarians will get a chance to place their vote at ParksFest for the Building Communities projects they think are most deserving of an Energize Award.

Click HERE to watch a video story of each project. All voting will take place on September 21 at ParksFest, with the successful award winners being named that day.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does ParksFest happen every year?
This year marks the first-ever ParksFest! It’s our hope that we can make it an annual tradition for Calgarians.

Where can I learn more about the community-led projects participating in ParksFest?
You can watch their individual videos under:
Each of the projects will have a table at ParksFest where you’ll be able to learn more about the project.

Who is funding the Energize Awards?
The Energize Awards have been generously supported by Pembina Pipeline Corporation.

What are the Energize Award denominations?
The Energize Awards will provide $25,000 for first place, $15,000 for second place and $10,000 for third place.

Do I have to cast my vote in person?
Yes, all voting will take place at ParksFest on Saturday, September 21 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Who can vote?
Almost everyone! From Kindergarten kids all the way to adults.

Can anyone attend ParksFest?
Yes! Everyone is welcome to this free, family-friendly outdoor event.

What is Building Communities?
Building Communities is a Parks Foundation Calgary program that provides grants and on-going project support for community-led projects such as playgrounds, parks and comunity hubs within our city. Visit for more details.

I’m working on a community project, do you have resources available to support my project?
Please click here to access our Community Projects 101 tool kit.

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  • You must be at the ParksFest event to vote.

  • Votes must be made with a designated volunteer at one of our Voting Stations.

  • All votes will be made electronically. In the event of technological failure, paper ballots will be on site for attendees to cast their vote.

  • Attendees ages 5+ are eligible to vote.

  • Attendees must vote for 3 projects. Votes or ballots cast without 3 project votes will be disqualified.

  • Attendees can only vote once for their top 3 projects, but cannot vote for the same project more than once. Voters will be given a stamp to indicate they voted.

  • Voting will take place from 1:00pm-3:00pm. Attendees must be in line to cast their vote no later than 2:45pm.

  • In the event of a tie between two funding tiers, a coin toss will decide the prize winner. The winner of the coin toss will be granted the larger award, the loser will be awarded the lesser. If the tie is for 3rd place, the loser of the coin toss will not be awarded funds.

Collected Voter information:

  • Voters under 18, only First Name is collected

  • Voters over 18 must provide their First Name, Last Name, email address, and postal code

  • Option to subscribe to Parks Foundation Calgary newsletter