Banff Recreation Grounds Renewal

Upcoming Renewal

The Banff Recreation Grounds Redevelopment Plan (PDF) was adopted by council on March 23, 2015. It is a guiding document that guides the redevelopment at the recreation grounds over 10 years (2015-2025).  

Improvements will provide residents and visitors with a mix of new and improved amenities, while supporting increases in visitation to day use facilities. The plan also includes lifecycle maintenance projects.  

Rec Grounds

What's Happening Now

Week of May 23:

  • The horse corral is now open at the Banff Springs Hotel. The trail ride operator has exclusive use to move horses on the trail that runs parallel to Cave Ave and the sidewalk, every day at 8-10 a.m. and 4-7 p.m. At all other times other users must yield to horses on the trail being walked to stables.
  • Contractors are scheduled to return at the end of May for paving roadway sections that were excavated for water/sewer line installation, and landscaping on areas that need rehabilitation (weather permitting)
  • Skatepark and Greenhouse parking lots to be partially or periodically closed until the fall of 2022 for construction materials and equipment
  • Construction of the new pavilion starts with site preparation this week (completion in early 2023)
  • Construction crews will work on trails and curb and gutter replacement on Sundance Road and Birch Avenue (weather permitting) 

Availability during construction:

Baseball Diamonds are now available to be booked and ready for use.

  • Slow Pitch season has started for the local Mixed and Ladies’ leagues 

Multi Use Field  is available to be booked and ready for use. 

  • users are asked to not use when wet after recent rain to allow thorough establishment and preservation of new sod

Dog Park

  • due to damage to the seeded areas, resulting from spring thaw, areas of the dog park have new sod installed and fenced
  • park is expected to reopen in early June

Trails

  • Part of the central trail – between greenhouse and baseball diamonds – will be paved at the end of May (weather permitting) 
  • Remainder of the trail work (horse trail , central  trail, north trail) will be completed in the fall when ground water levels have dropped

Contractors

Project adjustment

On May 9, 2022, Banff Town Council approved adjustments in the 2022 budget and project plan.

  • The 2022 Recreation Grounds Capital Budget was increased to $4.5 million, from the previously approved $4.2 million for an increase of $291,000, to be fully offset and funded through Capital Grants.
  • The Town recently secured a $375,000 grant (final amount could increase) from the Smart, Sustainable, Resilient Infrastructure Association (SSRIA) due to the pavilion’s exemplary environmental design features.  
  • To avoid the extremely high inflationary cost associated with transportation and the cost of earth fill for creation of the proposed toboggan hill, this component of the recreation grounds renewal was removed from the 2022 plan. The Town will explore options for fill from other construction within the townsite and other regional options for creating a toboggan hill on the site in future years.
Horse Trail

The dedicated horse trail will be completed in fall 2022 (blue in map above). The existing multi-use trail (yellow in map above) will be closed to all users except trail ride horses and staff twice a day ( morning and evening) as the horses are transported between the stables and the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

Impact on Parking

Parking will be reduced in the Recreation Grounds during the construction work through 2022.

Sections of the parking lot at the dog park and skateboard park will be closed to vehicles in 2022, as it is used by the construction company for equipment and materials. 

The parking lot in front of the community greenhouses will be closed periodically for materials and equipment used for the water/sewer installation and the trail construction.

The temporary parking stalls on Birch Drive that were created during the reconstruction of Cave Avenue have been removed to accommodate the creation of a dedicated horse trail that will run along Cave Avenue, from Sundance Road, and connect to the gravel trail on Birch Avenue.

2022 Construction:

  • Installation of water and sewer utilities connecting the northwest corner of the Recreation Grounds to the Town system. Work includes installing pipes under Sundance Road, diagonally between the future location of the pavilion and the greenhouses, and additional fire hydrants. 
  • Add a paved trail through the centre of the recreation grounds
  • Connect trails to the new pedestrian bridge
  • Creation of dedicated horse trail relocated to the south perimeter of the park, in the forested area beside Cave Avenue
  • Improvement and realignment of the gravel trail along the north perimeter of the Recreation Grounds, between the new pedestrian bridge and the dog park
  • Renovation of picnic shelters 
  • Construction of a Pavilion (indoor and outdoor gathering area, washrooms, showers and kitchenette for community events, user groups and the general public)

2023+ Projects:

  • Toboggan Hill
  • Informal skating rink
  • new bicycle skills park and pump track
  • adventure playground (for aged 8-13) and children's nature park (for aged 3-7)

Each project year may also include smaller projects including signage upgrades, tree planting, natural fitness elements and picnic site improvements.

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Banff Recreation Grounds Renewal Plan

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Recreation Grounds Renewal Investment

  • $2.3 million for 2016-20 renewal projects
  • $4.2 million for 2021-22 renewal projects
  • $3.4 million estimated for 2023-25 renewal projects
  • $12.2 million estimated for total 10-year renewal master plan

Government of Alberta contributions to Banff Recreation Grounds Renewal

  • $500,000 for 2022 investments from the Municipal Stimulus Program
    • Redeveloped paved central trail
    • Realigned and enhanced gravel multi-use trail along north perimeter
    • New horse trail located parallel to the Cave Avenue pedestrian trail
  • $40,000 in 2018 towards a second community greenhouse
  • $100,000 in 2017 towards the creation of the skateboard park

Completed projects as part of the renewal include:

  • New off-leash Dog Park (fenced on repurposed area of one existing ball diamond - about same size as current Dog Park)
  • New/enhanced irrigation system for Ball Diamonds and Sports Field 
  • Track rehabilitation and expansion of Sports Field 
  • Picnic table upgrades (2017)
  • Creation of Skatepark (2017)
  • South parking lot (2018)
  • Ball diamond fencing (2018)
  • Addition of second Community Greenhouse (2018)
  • Trail to greenhouse (2018)
  • North playground (2019)
  • North parking lot repairs (2019)
  • Norquay, Little Bow and Protection shelter repairs (2019)
  • Rundle cabin move and restoration and user group storage boxes (2020)

Rendering of the year-round pavilion:

Pavilion Rendering