Summer is just around the corner and it’s time to get outside and enjoy the city! This past weekend, I took a detour along the Elbow River and through the newly completed ENMAX Park. An exciting addition to Stampede Park in 2016, ENMAX Park will serve as Indian Village’s new home during Stampede and function as a inner-city green space year round.

ENMAX Park

Calgary is known for our extensive network of pathways, totalling almost 800 km throughout the city, and ENMAX Park lies at the heart of it all. A few hundred metres from where the Elbow and Bow River pathways converge, and a stone’s throw from the Stampede facilities, the Park is an oasis.

New bridge

You can stroll or ride along the river, relax on a bench, and check out the new public art piece, Rainbow Trout.

Rainbow Trout

If you are feeling up to it, you can even climb the stairs for an unbelievable view of Stampede Park and downtown Calgary.

View

And what about during Stampede?  The new ENMAX Park is more than three times the size of Indian Village’s previous location and will allow the 26 tipis, representing the five nations of Treaty 7, to be arranged in a traditional circle formation. The expansive green space includes a performance pavilion and the refurbished Sweetgrass Lodge. Visitors will find all their favourite Indian Village activities in the new location, including cooking demonstrations, tipi raising competitions, and traditional arts and craft displays. The Bannock Booth is also moving to ENMAX Park and will be housed in Sweetgrass Lodge.  Official Opening Ceremonies and Camp Moving Ceremony for Indian Village will take place on Friday, July 8, the first day of Calgary Stampede 2016. You will be able to access the park via a new pedestrian bridge near the Kids’ Midway area and the new MacDonald Avenue Pedestrian Entry.

There are just over 30 days until Stampede 2016, which gives you plenty of time to check out ENMAX Park before the grand opening. In it’s inaugural spring, ENMAX Park is shaping up to be a beautiful inner-city green space that Calgarians can enjoy year round!