- Parking: paid parking on the east side of the park
- Washrooms: east side of the park
- Paved and dirt path
New Kid on the Block
St. Patrick's Island
I came across today's walk by accident this morning. I had planned on visiting Fort Calgary and the Dean House, but found both under construction. So I walked west along the river, and across the new George C. King Bridge (formerly the St. Patrick Bridge) to find a brand new park! St. Patrick's Island has been under construction for three years, and just opened on July 31.
They've packed a lot into this new space. The west end has been developed as a more "natural" area with wetlands and trails meandering through old trees, but things get more and more civilized as you more eastward. I climbed a huge hill for a clear view of downtown, and stopped to explore a great new playground. There's plenty of benches and picnic tables, and even wooden loungers on the "Sun Deck". Very chic.
On the south side of the island I found more forested trails, and an inlet which was easily accessible along a gently sloping rocky beach. A fun place to explore the water without the worry of the river's fast current, and a great view of the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers.
I'm glad I visited this park early. I imagine it will be a busy place once word really gets out. Whether you're looking for a place to play with children, enjoy a nature trail, meet friends for a picnic or just lay in the sun, there really is something for everyone here at St. Patrick's Island.
Goolge Maps - Starting Point: St. Patrick's Island