A hidden gem of a park - Rotary Park, lies on the hill north of Memorial Drive, at the end of Centre St NE across the main city bridge. It’s a 10 - 15 minutes stroll directly up from Calgary Tower, the last leg of the trip is up several flights of stairs which is a great exercise.
There is an off-leash area, an accessible playground and a spray park. Spray parks, wading pools and outdoor pools are operated by the City and are un-guarded facilities. They usually open in mid-June until September, depending on the weather. There are picnic tables and seasonal washrooms. Mount Pleasant Tennis Club has tennis courts there.
You can sit on a bench and take in beautiful city views from its lovely vantage point called Jim Fish Ridge, which was named for Jim Fish, a long-time park visionary and supporter.
Another spot that is a must for the breathtaking vistas is Mount Pleasant Viewpoint, you can sit on a bench and look over the City, marvelling over the contrast between the quiet park and busy city life.
You can book this park for a wedding, you will need to have a special event permit in advance. If you’re thinking of booking the park for your event in the current year, keep in mind that it can be 6-8 weeks before your application is processed, so plan ahead. You can find more information about booking the Rotary Park here: https://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Recreation/Pages/Rentals-and-bookings/Before-booking-a-park-pathway-or-greenspace.aspx
One of the bridge lions has been relocated to Rotary Park to mark the 100th anniversary of the Centre Street Bridge in 2016. The original four lions were created in 1917 to resemble bronze lions in Trafalgar Square in London. By the end of the century, they were cracked and deemed not suitable to be returned to the bridge after renovations. After careful repairs, the original northeast lion was decided to be relocated to Rotary Park. It looks perfect there, overseeing the downtown and its old home from the hill.
If you are looking for a place to get engagement photos done, check out Rotary Park. We photographed quite a few couples out there and always found many beautiful spots for pictures in this park.
We have a selection of the photos we have created in Rotary Park.
Contact us to get your engagement session scheduled with us!