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.