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The City of Calgary, YMCA Calgary and the Calgary Public Library open a new community hub in Calgary’s northwestToday, The City of Calgary, YMCA Calgary and the Calgary Public Library celebrate the grand opening of the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge.

Designed and built by The City of Calgary and operated by YMCA Calgary, the facility is the third of four new recreation facilities to open in underserved areas of Calgary as part of a $480 million investment by The City of Calgary to improve the delivery of service. The result is a new community hub in Calgary northwest, offering a blend of leisure, recreational and community amenities, including a unique self service branch of the Calgary Public Library

thrilled that this beautiful facility is now open for Calgarians, says Mayor Naheed Nenshi. Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge is an important part of providing much needed recreation opportunities in northwest Calgary, and it part of a larger commitment to provide amenities across Calgary to meet our growing city needs. This facility will be an important hub for the community for generations to come. of the facility began in March of 2015 and soft opened to the public on January 15, 2018. The City of Calgary oversaw the planning, design and construction of the 284,000 square foot facility, representing an investment of $192 million.

very happy to continue our partnership with The City of Calgary to make a wide range of community and recreation services available to Calgarians, says Shannon Doram, President and CEO of YMCA Calgary. membership sales in the past few months have surpassed our expectations the City decision to bring a new facility in the was very well founded. finished facility sits within a natural park with views of the city and mountains, tucked between an existing hill that reaches Calgary highest natural elevation and a reconstructed wetland. It reflects extensive community research and engagement and was designed with the specific needs of the surrounding communities in mind.

are excited for residents of the Rocky Ridge community to try the new library in the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge says Bill Ptacek, CEO of Calgary Public Library. an express library experience focused on convenience the first library of its kind in Calgary to operate on a self service model. This is a starting point for the Library with this new service model and we will continue to develop it as we learn more how people use it. Our goal is to employ this model throughout the city as opportunities arise. Remington YMCA opened to the public on September 10, 2016 in Calgary . The Great Plains Recreation Facility, a multi purpose arena and community space also in the southeast, opened on September 6, 2016. Due to concerns about safety and security arising from volatile public commentary, The City has cancelled a naturist swim that was to be held Jan. 14, 2018 at the Southland Leisure Centre.

and security are always our primary concern. Under the Terms and Conditions of facility rental agreements, The City reserves the right to cancel or amend permits should special circumstances arise. Unfortunately, recent events have created the potential to impact the safety of participants, public and staff, and required the cancellation of this booking, says James McLaughlin, acting director of Calgary Recreation.

The organizer has been made aware of the cancellation. No decision has been made about future bookings, and Calgary Recreation will work with the organizer on any potential future bookings.

bookings involving naturist swims have occurred at City facilities for many years without incident. Calgary Recreation would like to make clear that this cancellation was not due to the nature of the activity, but due to safety concerns, says McLaughlin.

Recreation provides an inclusive environment for a variety of sport, recreation and social groups. After hours private bookings allow us to meet the needs of specific user groups without impeding facility access to the general public, says McLaughlin.

All private bookings must meet City requirements. For example, no photography/videography is ever permitted in pools or change rooms.

30 The City of Calgary to host 20th IPA Triennial World Conference

Calgary, Alberta The sold out 20th International Play Association (IPA) Triennial World Conference is set to go ahead this week, with 700 children play advocates and professionals from more than 30 countries, along with fun activities that are open to all Calgarians.

Hosted by The City of Calgary and IPA Canada from Sept. 13 16 at the Telus Convention Centre, the IPA Triennial World Conference brings together dedicated play researchers, advocates, designers, educators, practitioners, providers and policymakers to celebrate play, understand its many benefits and provide all children with the chance to engage in rich, meaningful, free play.

The mandate of the IPA aligns closely with The City 10 year Recreation Master Plan which declares a vision of an active, creative and vibrant city where all residents enjoy the many benefits of recreation, individually and in their communities.

City of Calgary believes in promoting the value of play in Canadian communities and protecting play as a fundamental right of all children around the world, said Kyle Ripley, director of Calgary Recreation with The City of Calgary. play is a vital component in the health and development of children. Our leadership in this conference will be a catalyst towards establishing a new legacy of play for our city. four day conference will feature more than 450 international presenters including renowned research professors Dr. Peter Gray and Dr. Roger Hart. Highlights of the conference include daily family friendly Play Events in Olympic Plaza (228 8 Ave. 15 and a Monstrous Adventure Playground at Shaw Millennium Park (1220 9 Ave. 16.

the IPA Triennial Conference to Canada is an integral part of our strategic plan to galvanize Canadians around the child right to play, said Pierre Harrison, IPA Canada president. partnership with The City of Calgary is key as together we nurture a national play movement. We look forward to welcoming academics and practitioners from Canada and around the world to share expertise and advance our understanding of the importance of self directed play in the healthy development of children. children have a need and right to play. Play epitomises the pleasure of childhood as well as being fundamental to the health, happiness and wellbeing of our all children, said Theresa Casey, IPA World president. IPA is delighted to bring the world to play, talk, laugh and learn in Calgary. We are grateful to our partners in The City of Calgary and IPA Canada for building a conference that will inspire actions for children right to play here and around the world. conference is generously funded by The Lawson Foundation. It also supported by more than a dozen sponsors.

Apart from The City of Calgary and IPA Canada, the organizing committee of the IPA Triennial World Conference includes a variety of play leaders including Vivo for Healthier Generations, and the University of Alberta.
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