About this Walk

Lindsay Park and the community of Erlton stand on land acquired by Dr. Neville Lindsay, one Calgary’s first doctors, in 1887.  Lindsay envisioned the development of an upscale neighbourhood on his land, but various factors, including the introduction of the Canadian Northern Railway in 1911, altered its fate for over 60 years. Trains ran right through the community and Lindsay Park was a railway yard. The development of Macleod Trail in the 1960’s presented additional challenges. Today, the lovely Lindsay Park is the site of a world-renowned fitness facility, the Repsol Sport Centre, and the often-overlooked neighbourhood of Erlton, a resilient community which has seen flood, fire and gentrification. We’ll learn about the development of a sports centre which hosts international meets and serves everyone from elite athletes to disabled Calgarians and everyone in between; the largest fire in Calgary’s history in terms of property damage; the devastation of the 2013 Flood and how the community rallied; Erlton’s Century homes; future developments which could double the neighbourhood population; and more.

Quadrant: SW
Meeting Place: Repsol Sport Centre, 2225 Macleod Trail South
Finish Point: Erlton Road & 24th Avenue SW
Walk Duration: 1.5 Hours
Areas of Interest: Urbanism, History, Environment
Led By: Susan Tyrrell, Mona Hayes
Look for: We'll be meeting at the North Entrance of the Repsol Sport Centre. Bottled water and some free day passes to the Centre will made available to participants.
Inner City: Yes