The improved Banff Recreation Grounds will provide residents and visitors with a mix of new and improved amenities while also providing for increased use of day use facilities. The plan includes both new and upgraded amenities and lifecycle maintenance projects.
Major projects in the plan include: a new skateboard park, multi-purpose building, canoe landing, upgraded sports field, toboggan hill, leisure skating rink, adventure and nature playgrounds and a dog park. Lifecycle projects include upgrades to picnic tables and shelters, repairs to existing trails and parking lots, improved water fountains and irrigation systems replacement for the ball diamonds and sports field.
Current funding for the recreation grounds redevelopment is approximately $10.5 million.
Projects that have been completed at the site include:
Picnic table upgrades (2017)
Removal of mountain bike features (2017)
South parking lot (2018)
Ball diamond fencing (2018)
Trail to greenhouse (2018)
North playground (2019)
North parking lot repairs (2019)
Norquay, Little Bow and Protection shelter repairs (2019)
Upcoming Projects for 2020:
Multi-purpose and maintenance yard design
Dedicated horse trail
Dog Park (inclusive of the removal of the eastern ball diamond)
Ball Diamond and Sports Field Irrigation
Track removal and expansion of sports field
Trail works (i.e. north trail)
Rundle cabin move and restoration and user group storage boxes
Protection shelter renovations (wall removal and lifecycle work)
Upcoming Projects for 2021:
Maintenance yard relocation
Informal skating rink
Basketball court resurfacing
Each project year may also include smaller projects including signage upgrades, tree planting, natural fitness elements and picnic site improvements.