Cities around the world are beginning to realize that playgrounds may not be enough to keep residents and visitors engaged and enjoying public life. We are beginning to see musical swings at bus stops in Montreal, an interactive play museum in St. Louis, and slip and slides down city streets in a number of cities around the world, but what does Calgary have to offer?
The massive Chinook Arc art installation in Calgary’s Beltline lights up during the evening and changes colour in response to people moving around and touching the structure.
Wreck City was a community-based art project that redesigned a whole block of houses and garages that were scheduled for demolition into temporary art and performance spaces.
Demo Tape is a new project curated by the Wreck City Artist Collective and will align with the Sled Island Music Festival on June 19-28, 2015. The art installation will be held in the Penguin Car Wash in Ramsay neighbourhood.
Slide the City will be hosting a slip and slide down Calgary’s streets on August 1st, 2015.
The City of Calgary hosts live entertainment in different community parks every Thursday evening in July and August. All you have to do is bring a lawn chair, some snacks to share, and be ready to either laugh, dance or cry with your neighbours. Check out show locations for this summer here.
Each year Open Streets celebrates international Park(ing) Day by paying for a parking stall downtown and turning it into a mini park for the day. Park(ing) Day is the third Friday of September each year.
Kate Beck is an aspiring urban planner who’s passionate about streets, social justice, bicycles and rock climbing. She has recently finished a degree in geography at University of British Columbia in Vancouver and will be studying transportation planning at UC Berkeley beginning in September 2015.