Parkdale Community Association, in partnership with the Calgary Flames Foundation, Parks Foundation, Sledge Hockey Calgary, and City of Calgary and Government of Alberta, celebrate an exciting milestone today preparing for the opening of the first accessible outdoor rink in Alberta. After winter construction, the Parkdale Community Association (PCA) has rebuilt its outdoor rink to make the facility more inclusive to the community, including sledge hockey players. The rink officially opens to the public beginning Saturday January 29, 2022.

The Parkdale Community Rink served the neighbourhood for 30 years and was at the end of its useful life. Over the past three years, the Community Association worked with community organizations such as Level Playing Field and Calgary Sledge Hockey Association to design a rink that sets a new standard for recreational facilities in western Canada.

To realize this project, the Parkdale Community Association received funding from the City of Calgary, Parks Foundation Calgary, the Calgary Flames Foundation, the Government of Alberta, Calgary Foundation, ENMAX and Calgary Parking Authority.

“We are pleased to support and partner with the Parkdale Community Association to build a community rink that all Calgarians can enjoy,” says Sheila Taylor, CEO, Parks Foundation Calgary.

“We are excited to reach this major milestone with our partners and funders. The Parkdale community has set a new standard for recreational facilities. One that is inclusive and accessible for everyone,” Amanda Affonso, President, Parkdale Community Association

Outdoor hockey is for everyone – a place to gather friends and family of all ages and abilities to create lasting memories,” John Butterwick, Director, Accessible Rink, Parkdale Community Association.

“We strive to support community programming that advances accessibility and inclusion in Calgary,” says¬†Executive Kathryn Truscott, Calgary Flames Foundation.

“Calgary Parks is proud to be a partner in delivering accessible recreation opportunities that all Calgarians can enjoy,” Kyle Ripley, Director of Calgary Parks, City of Calgary.

“Alberta’s sledge hockey players now have more opportunities to practise, which will allow the team to get better and become more competitive,” says Alan Halbert, President Calgary Sledge Hockey Association.

About Parkdale Community Association

Established on December 29, 1953, The Parkdale Community Association (PCA) is the hub of the community, providing local programming that supports sports teams, family events, social programs and recreational facilities. The Parkdale community seeks to foster a welcoming, safe, and inclusive community.

Now approaching its 69th Anniversary, the PCA remains committed to delivering services for the benefit of the community of Parkdale, its citizens and Calgary as a whole. To learn more about Parkdale visit www.parkdaleyyc.com