West District Central Park

West District Central Park theater pavilion, HDR

West District Central Park

Vibrant Community Gathering Place Emerges through Innovative Planning and Design

West District Central Park is a planned urban park in west Calgary that marries public open space with stormwater management to create a recreational destination for the surrounding community. The park is located within West District, an 84-acre master planned development that is envisioned as a high-density, mixed-use, compact and transit-supportive neighborhood. HDR, collaborating with the City of Calgary, Truman Development Corporation and CivicWorks Planning + Design, has designed the park to be the heart of the development’s urban center.

The eight-acre park is organized around a central lake that provides stormwater storage for the West District development. Fountains, boardwalks, overlooks and plantings transform the lake from stormwater infrastructure to park centerpiece. A variety of program elements, such as a performance venue, wintertime ice rink and restaurant provide activities for all seasons which make the park a year-round destination. Principles of resiliency helped guide the design, which resulted in active park spaces that are rarely impacted by storm events.

West District Central Park will provide an unprecedented impact in implementing the Calgary City Council’s Smart Growth goals. As part of the planned urban center, the park is forward-thinking and multi-functional, integrating people spaces with stormwater management and natural landscape. HDR’s landscape architects and water resource engineers have drawn upon their success with related projects, such as Historic Fourth Ward Park and Cook Sr. Park, to elevate the design and resiliency of West District Central Park. The result is a seamlessly integrated park and stormwater management facility that provides a unique
and dynamic public open space within the vibrant West District urban development.

The park is strategically planned with:

  • Amphitheater
  • Playground
  • Community garden
  • Skatepark
  • Winter ice rink
  • Restaurant (overlooking the lake)
  • Wetland boardwalk
  • Decorative fountain (used for ice-skating during the winter
  • Sprayground
  • Multi-functional lawns and plazas 

 All West District Central Park images used courtesy of S2 Architecture.

West District Central Park theater pavilion, HDR
Client
Truman Development Corporation
Location

Calgary, Alberta
Canada

Size
8 acres (3.24 hectares)