Central Memorial Park

Central Memorial Park Revitalization

Calgary’s oldest surviving park has undergone a well-deserved makeover. Construction at Central Memorial Park began in April 2009 and construction crews worked hard to restore the famous park. The rehabilitation of the park has been welcomed by Beltline residents, who have sought improvements to the space between 2nd and 4th Streets and 12 and 13 Avenues SW, for years.

The redevelopment of the park also included public features such as a garden café (now Boxwood), an outdoor reading room with moveable tables and chairs, and a lighting plan that will illuminate the library, monuments, and significant water features. The hope is that through preserving important historic features and adding new elements to Central Memorial Park, future generations will enjoy the space for decades to come.

The revitalized park was re-opened to the public in May 2010 with a ceremony attended by former Mayor Dave Bronconnier, Deputy Premier Doug Horner, Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Beltline Communities President Rob Taylor.  The final cost of the park was 11.5 million.

Central Memorial HeritageCentral Memorial Park (originally known as Central Park) is Calgary's oldest surviving public park. From it's inception in 1894, it has been the geographic and cultural center of the city.

Over the years the name was changed from Central Park to Central Memorial Park as it has become host to many sculptures and monuments that honour our veterans’ involvement in many different international wars. The most notable sculpture is "The Horseman of the Plains" statue by internationally known sculptor Louis Phillipe Herbert. This statue stands proudly in the centre of the park to honor those Canadian troops who fought in the first Boer War in South Africa. And at the time of unveiling, was considered to be of the finest equestrian statues in the World.

 Central Park LibraryThe Central Park Library was built in 1910 with help from a substantial grant by the Carnegie Foundation on the eastern edge of Central Memorial Park. Central Park Library was Alberta's first public Library, and is now the oldest surviving cultural centre in Calgary. This picturesque building is a fine example of the impressive heritage buildings that exist in Calgary.
Often overlooked, it is one of the city's best kept historical secrets. It remains in fine shape as it has been well maintained over the years, and has not needed substantial renovations or restorations to date.

 

 

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Home to the Central Library, fountains, sculptures, monuments, and the new Boxwood Cafe. 

 

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