Great cities have great gathering places. Our vision is to continue to evolve Stampede Park into a year-round community hub in the heart of Calgary. This vision is anchored by three key developments addressing youth, our agricultural roots, as well as reclaiming and restoring lands with a rich history for the First Nations of Treaty 7.
Youth Campus is a vital creative area focused on young people that supports developing strong community roots through education and the performing arts.
Located on the banks of the Elbow River, across from ENMAX Park, this best-practice campus features ample green space and is custom-designed for indoor and outdoor classrooms, training and performing. This is where new generations of Calgary’s most spirited citizens will be nurtured.
The campus features the BMO Amphitheatre, Doherty Hall, TransAlta Performing Arts Studios, and Calgary Arts Academy. It is home to The Young Canadians School of the Performing Arts and Calgary Stampede Showband, as well as other community groups. This 13,000 square foot facility fosters boundless creative and artistic synergies. Over time, Youth Campus will also include the SAM Centre, Enbridge Plaza, and partner Calgary Opera.
The Youth Campus will develop the talents of young creative people, bringing their gifts to life and enriching audiences in Calgary and around the world.
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 is home to the historic Elbow River Camp. The 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.