Ward 9 Great Neighbourhoods Calgary – Gian-Carlo Carra

This is the official website for Gian-Carlo Carra, City Councillor for Ward 9 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Communities

Ward 9 is made up of a some of Calgary's oldest and most historic communities. It spans all four quadrants and has the largest business district in the city after the Core. Not only do we boast some of the best restaurants, art galleries and music venues, Ward 9 has some of the most resourceful and essential service providers in Calgary which contribute to making our neighbourhoods great, everyday. 

Ward 9's diversity, history and charm is what makes us so thrilled to work with all of our Ward 9 neighbours, business owners and service providers. 

 

Tuxedo Park

Located north of 16 Avenue N and west of Edmonton Trail NE, this tight-knit community was first established in 1929 and originally consisted of the historic neighbourhoods of Balmoral and Tuxedo Park. Developed around one of Calgary’s original streetcar lines, Tuxedo Park is still home to many of our city’s historic bungalows. It is known as an inter-generational neighbourhood where children that grew up here consistently return to raise their families here. Today, Tuxedo Park is a community in transition and many of our residents are deeply committed to ensuring it remains an affordable, welcoming, and increasingly vibrant place to live.

Winston Heights/Mountview

At the north-eastern corner of Ward 9 is Winston Heights-Mountview. First established in 1932, Winston Heights-Mountview significantly expanded in the 1950s. It is known for its spectacular view over the escarpment, its mix of housing and tree-lined streets, and a strong spirit of community volunteerism. Today, Winston Heights-Mountview boasts some of the most impressive gardens in the city, due to the dedicated work of community volunteers. This includes the Centennial Garden, one of two rain gardens in Winston Heights-Mountview which helps to naturally filter storm water, and the new community garden which offers neighbours a beautiful urban space to connect, learn, and grow with one another. Other amenities, such as their well-maintained community hall and outdoor ice rink, make Winston Heights-Mountview an inviting and in-demand place to live.

Renfrew

Next time you’re out for a delicious brunch at Diner Deluxe, spend a few extra minutes to walk around the neighbourhood immediately east of Edmonton Trail.  You will likely be pleasantly surprised by the early-1900’s character homes and the sense of community so characteristic of Ward 9 neighbourhoods.

Renfrew is located east of Edmonton Trail, with 16th Avenue to its north, and Bridgeland to its south (roughly 7th Avenue NE).  The community did not become a residential area until after the 1940s, when the Royal Canadian Air Force used the area for an airfield and training base.  In the time since, Renfrew has turned into an inner-city neighbourhood, where residents love being able to walk to work downtown and the many restaurants and shops on Edmonton Trail.

Bridgeland/Riverside 

The historic neighbourhoods of Bridgeland and Riverside meet on the main street of 1 Avenue NE. Situated in the most ideal spot to build a community, with the escarpment to block the north winds, its abundance of southern sun, and its proximity to the river, Bridgeland-Riverside welcomed many of Calgary’s first European immigrants from Italy, Germany, and the Ukraine. Prior to European settlement, in the 1880s and 1890s, this site was a Siksika camp, which was also home to the famed Siksika runner, Api-kia-ees, who became widely known under the pseudonym Deerfoot. Today, Bridgeland-Riverside is well-known for its historic tree-lined streets, the Calgary Zoo, Telus Spark, and St. Patrick’s Island, which recently received the top award for Great Public Spaces from the Canadian Institute of Planners. Over the last two decades, Bridgeland-Riverside has seen tremendous change and is expected to undergo more in the years to come. Thanks to the tireless effort of their community association and volunteers, this incredibly energetic and dynamic neighbourhood is constantly piloting ground-breaking projects to further lock-in Bridgeland-Riverside as a social and cultural destination in our city. This work is clearly paying off as it was recently named Calgary’s Best Neighbourhood for 2017.

Inglewood

Inglewood has deep roots. As Calgary’s oldest community, established in 1875, it was originally known as the neighbourhoods of East Calgary, Brewery Flats, Pearce Estates, and Inglewood. Historically, this area was a winter camping site for the indigenous population. It was an attractive spot due to the shelter provided by the trees along the river and the warm westerly winds we know as Chinooks. Our Inglewood neighbours take immense pride in their rich history as Calgary’s founding community and work hard to ensure we preserve and share this history as Calgarians. Just east of Fort Calgary, Inglewood was voted Canada’s best neighbourhood in 2014. Through the promotion of arts and culture and the revitalization of their main street, 9 Avenue SE, which is known for a vibrant collection of shops and famed restaurants, Inglewood is embracing the future as well as the past. Home to many amenities, it isn’t hard to spend an entire day in Inglewood. From the Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery, to the birthplace of Music Mile, to its many street celebrations, and wildlife refuges, Inglewood has something for everyone.

Ramsay

The community of Ramsay, consisting of the historic neighbourhoods of Burnsland, Grandview, Mills Estate, and Ramsay was developed in the late 1800s. Bordered by the Elbow River, the industrial area of Alyth-Bonnybrook, and the neighbourhood of Inglewood, Ramsay enjoys one of the city’s grandest views from Scotsman’s Hill. This close-knit neighbourhood is home of the original Macleod Trail, which followed along present-day Spiller Road and 8 Street SE. Prior to European settlement, this trail was used as an indigenous transportation route and possibly a bison-run through a former channel of the Bow River. Built into Ramsay’s bones is its connection to the railway. Today, that connection is being re-imagined through the development of the Green Line LRT and the Inglewood/Ramsay station.  Along with some of the city’s most artistic, dynamic, and community-minded residents, Ramsayites take pride in their historic role as one of Calgary’s original neighbourhoods.

Dover

Dover is one of Calgary’s best kept secrets. With a spectacular view of the city skyline and the Rocky Mountains, Valleyview Park is a source of immense pride for the neighbourhood and a destination for all East Calgary. Dover is bounded by the Bow River to the west, the CN rail to the east, 26 Avenue SE to the north, and Peigan Trail to the South. With International Avenue as their main street, and the downtown at their front door, Dover has access to the best of both worlds. An inter-generational neighbourhood, Dover cherishes its family values and is actively working to weave new residents from around the globe into the community’s fabric.

Erlton 

Erlton is one of Calgary’s inner city jewels. Originally composed of the neighbourhoods of Parkview and Erlton, it is bordered by the Elbow River, Spiller Road SE, and 34 Avenue SW. Erlton was brought into being, in part, by the actions of Dr. Neville J. Lindsay, the owner of land that would be subdivided into Parkview, and Father Lacombe and the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, who owned the land that would become Erlton. With its spectacular access to the Elbow River, Lindsay Park, the Repsol Centre, and Reader Rock Garden, Erltonites are very proud of the community they call home. Many of the historic sites of this community still remain such as the nunnery and the place known as Lindsay’s Folly. Despite being in one of the most flood-affected neighbourhoods after the 2013 Flood, Erltonites have been resilient in the face of adversity, and through strong community leadership look to grow their great neighbourhood by highlighting its history, enhancing its charm, and building its future.

Parkhill

Parkhill is an inner-city neighbourhood that is bordered by Macleod Trail S to the east, Stanley Park and the Elbow River to the west, 33 and 34 avenues to the north, and 45 Avenue to the south. Established in 1910, Parkhill is anchored by its proximity to the working landscapes of Burnsland across the once, and future, main street of Macleod Trail. Parkhill was originally home to the owners, managers, and workers at the factories that built up against the rail line, demonstrating its long-standing commitment to developing a complete community. Mission Road, named after an order of missionaries from France called the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is undergoing a significant transformation into Calgary’s newest main street, reinforcing Parkhill’s urban status. Residents here take advantage of their easy access to nature’s amenities. A quick walk, bike, or train ride to the downtown makes Parkhill amazingly situated to enjoy all the city has to offer.

Rideau-Roxboro 

Rideau Park and Roxboro were established in 1911 and 1923, respectively, but historically this area has been the home of the Blackfoot Confederacy. Bounded by the Elbow River and 33 Avenue SW the community now known as Rideau-Roxboro is one of Calgary’s oldest and most historic neighbourhoods. With its access to the downtown, the Elbow River and its pathways, and its main street, 4 Street SW, Rideau-Roxboro has a well-deserved reputation of being a close-knit, picturesque enclave in the heart of a bustling metropolis.

Fairview

Originally part of the Burns ranch lands and annexed in 1956, the community of Fairview is the classic example of 1950s development with its large lots and charming bungalows, many of which are still occupied by their original owners. Though new families are moving into Fairview, it is well below its historic 1968 population peak of 6,425 people (Fairview’s population 2016 was 3,847). The smaller population in Fairview has both decreased the number of Fairviewites participating in neighbourhood institutions, like schools and churches, and has forced the community association to give up their former building and arena. This was a result of reduced community participation in programs and services, challenges in recruiting and retaining volunteers, and increased operational costs. Today, Fairview is at a turning point. With a renewed focus from the community, new families have joined long-time residents in celebrating Fairview’s 50th Anniversary by participating in “Conversation Fairview”, which asked Fairviewites what their next 50 years will look like. The desire from residents is to re-energize this beautiful neighbourhood and transition to a complete community with a focus on quality of life, improved public spaces, and community-led events.

Acadia

Like its Fairview neighbour, Acadia was part of the Burns ranch lands and has residents who can remember when it was the edge of Calgary. Not cast in amber though, Acadia has embraced its new found inner city status. As the recreational hub of the south, few neighbourhoods can boast curling, state-of-the-art tennis facilities, ice hockey rinks, an aquatic centre, and access to the Bow River. In addition to its abundance of green space, its access to two LRT stations, along with the coming South Crosstown BRT, means that Acadia’s connectivity is another reason people love living here. Acadia has embraced building a neighbourhood for people of all ages, wages, and stages of life. Although it is one Ward 9’s most populated neighbourhoods, the close-knit kinship of Acadians is obvious and continues to be actively strengthened through the efforts of its amazing community members.

Millican-Ogden-Lynnwood 

Ogden, which includes the historic neighbourhoods of Millican Estates, Lynnwood, and Ogden Flats, was a small rail town established in 1912. Named after the former Vice President of the Canadian Pacific Railway, it is arguable Calgary would not exist had it not been for the CPR, the Ogden Shops, and their founding of the town of Ogden. The area known as Millican Estates gained its name from the Millican family, who were homesteaders in the early 1900s. Between 1924 and 1975 the Imperial Oil refinery operated on the area that was later developed into Lynnwood Ridge. In 2001, it was discovered that high levels of hydrocarbon and lead had contaminated the soil along the ridge, which Imperial Oil was required to remediate after being taken to court by a group of resolute and passionate residents. Today, there is a management program in place to return Old Refinery Park to the use of Calgarians and it is expected to be open in 2018.

The Canadian Pacific Railway is held in high esteem by Ogdenites, with its world headquarters based directly in the community. With their history tied to rail, it is fitting that the Green Line LRT will have two stations in Ogden, which will bring its neighbourhood feel, opportunities of employment, and arts and culture to the rest of the city like the old Calgary Municipal Railway did more than 100 years ago.

Riverbend

Riverbend, Ward 9’s youngest and only truly suburban community, was established in the 1980s. With its access to Carburn Park and the Bow River, it’s common to see birdwatchers, dog walkers, and people from the fishing community enjoying the outdoors. With its many amenities and high quality playgrounds, this neighbourhood is one that Riverbenders enjoy sharing with their friends, families, and neighbours. With the development of South Hill and the building of the Green Line LRT, as well as the ‘downtown-lite’ nature of Quarry Park, Riverbend may begin to experience other redevelopment pressures in the future.

Manchester

The neighbourhood of Manchester is truly a special place, and the spirit of cooperation and community-building is thriving here. Bordered by Manchester Industrial to its north, south, and east, and Macleod Trail to the west, Manchester is brimming with families, seniors, and students who are all proud of their diversity. Although Manchester does not have a community association, a dedicated group of volunteers and city staff, as well as your Team Ward 9, have been helping develop a neighbourhood organization to create a vision for their future. Together we are working towards Manchester becoming the home of Calgary’s first next-generation community association.