Following two years of design, construction and landscaping, the Calgary Stampede, Calgary Stampede Foundation and ENMAX were proud to officially open ENMAX Park, a year-round gathering place for the community, on June 18, 2016.
This beautiful space came to fruition thanks to the enthusiastic community, generous donors, passionate volunteers and dedicated employees and, most importantly, the substantial contribution from ENMAX.
The land has a history, essentially coming full circle to its original purpose – a gathering place. Hundreds of years ago the area was an essential camping and crossing place for First Nations people and later, when Fort Calgary was created, it was a trading spot for early settlers. In more recent history, the land was home to Sunshine Auto and industrial facilities.
Now, ENMAX Park is a 16-acre green space along the Elbow River. Linked to Calgary’s 900-kilometre pathway system and the 23,000-kilometre Trans Canada Trail, ENMAX Park is home to the 650-metre-long Cenovus Legacy Trail that weaves through the park telling the story of the area through the lenses of First Nations People, Calgary and the Calgary Stampede.
During the annual Calgary Stampede, ENMAX Park will become home to the historic Indian Village. The new space allows the 26 tipis to be set-up in a traditional circle in a park setting, while offering guests an up close and personal view of the traditions of the Treaty 7 First Nations.