Jump Start Playground announcement at Shouldice Park

City of Calgary Media Line

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities Brings Inclusive Play to Calgary


In partnership with the City of Calgary, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities announced today that it will build a universally accessible playground in Shouldice Park under Jumpstart’s Inclusive Playground Project initiative. At 15,000 square feet, the accessible playground is one of several to be built across Canada with the help of Jumpstart funding. This playground will set a new standard for inclusive play through its imaginative and accessible spaces where children of all abilities can enjoy sport and play together.

The playground announcement follows Canadian Tire Corporation’s $50 million fundraising commitment over five years in support of Jumpstart Charities’ Play Finds A Way movement which focuses on removing accessibility barriers to sport and play. The playground structure will be a gift from Jumpstart to the City of Calgary.

“As a part of Jumpstart’s Play Finds A Way movement, we are thrilled to gift the City of Calgary with its largest universally accessible playground,” said Scott Fraser, President, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. “Since 2005, we have broken down financial barriers that prevent kids from participating in sport and recreation, and now, we have the ability to get even more kids in the game.”

“This generous gift from Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is an exciting addition to inclusive play spaces for Calgarians,” said City of Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “We are delighted that Jumpstart has invested in inclusive play in Calgary, allowing all children to play together. This is the kind of investment that makes Calgary a better place to live.”

Shouldice Park, located in Northwest Calgary, includes picnic sites, a regional pathway and an athletic park. The Park surrounds the Shouldice Aquatic Centre and Arena, and is close to transit. The groundbreaking is scheduled for summer 2018 with an anticipated opening date of fall 2018. A sample 3D rendering of the playground can be viewed here.

“This incredible new playground gifted by Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is a big step toward building a more inclusive city,” said Councillor Druh Farrell. “The new play space supports our plan to deliver inclusive play for all Calgarians. We couldn’t be more excited about this new addition to Shouldice Park.”

Jumpstart’s Play Finds A Way movement will be a game changer in helping Canadian children overcome physical barriers to sport and play. The Play Finds A Way movement is made up of three distinct programs: the Jumpstart Inclusive Playground Project, Jumpstart Accessibility Grants and the Parasport Jumpstart Fund. The five-year, $50 million fundraising commitment from Canadian Tire Corporation, will allow Jumpstart to focus funding efforts towards accessible playgrounds, infrastructure and programming in order to provide access to play and sport for children of all abilities.



Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is a national charity dedicated to helping kids overcome financial and accessibility barriers to sport and recreation in order to provide inclusive play for kids of all abilities. With an extensive, national network of more than 1,900 Community Partners and nearly 300 local chapters, Jumpstart helps eligible families cover the costs of registration, transportation, and equipment, and provides funding to selected organizations for recreational infrastructure and programming. Supported by the Government of Canada through Sport Canada and the Canadian Tire Family of Companies, which includes Canadian Tire, PartSource, Gas+, Sport Chek, Atmosphere, National Sports, Sports Experts, Mark’s and Canadian Tire Financial Services, Jumpstart has enabled 1.6 million Canadian kids and counting to get in the game since 2005. For more information, visit jumpstart.canadiantire.ca.

Follow Jumpstart on Twitter and Facebook to learn about how the charity is giving kids across Canada a sporting chance.

For more information:

Leah Gaucher
Communications Manager
Canadian Tire Corporation

Soccer Banquet 2018!

Thank you to all the volunteers and players who had a fun 2018 Montgomery Soccer season! See you next year.

A sincere thank you to Tim Horton’s, Timbits program for sponsoring our Community teams.

Community Clean Up THANK YOU Volunteers & Sponsors!

Sunday’s Clean Up event was run by 50 community volunteers, thank you VOLUNTEERS!

Local businesses gave their support and we appreciate their generosity:

1-800 JUNK, Safeway, Dairy Queen, Tim Horton’s, Notable, Coop Gas Bar, Subway and Humpty’s Restaurant.

A shout out to Lila, a community resident who again made and delivered the most delicious sandwiches a work crew could dream of!

Already looking forward to next year.

City Of Calgary Flood Readiness Campaign

The City of Calgary – Preparing for flood season

With a higher-than-average snowpack, overland flooding affecting several Alberta communities and the five-year anniversary of the 2013 Southern Alberta flood, we know that river flooding is top-of-mind for Calgarians. It is our priority at the City of Calgary to monitor, manage and reduce flood risk, and to ensure citizens understand their risk and have the resources available to prepare.

River flooding impacts all Calgarians who live, work, commute or recreate in the city centre or along the Bow and Elbow Rivers. River flooding is most likely to occur between May 15 and July 15. We actively monitor river, weather and snow pack conditions to prepare for potential flooding. It is important to note that:


  • Heavy rainfall upstream of Calgary has the biggest influence on river flood risk. These events are challenging to forecast because we are so close to the mountains. We can sometimes see potential rain events 5 to 7 days ahead, but by the time we know how high river flows may be, we may have less than 24 hours to respond appropriately.
  • A high snowpack alone can cause high flows, but does not cause our rivers to flood. The snowpack in the mountains has been higher than average this year, however, lower spring temperatures in the mountains means the snow is melting slower than on the prairies, where snowmelt is causing flooding in other municipalities.
  • The City and Province continuously monitor for conditions that can develop into flood events.



Since 2013, together with the Province, we have committed more than $150 million towards projects that will reduce our risk of river flood damage. We have also strengthened our understanding of the flow of the Bow and Elbow Rivers, how rivers change, flood modelling, forecasting, preparedness and response.


While we are working to reduce our risk of river flood damage, we cannot eliminate the risk of flooding entirely. Citizens have a critical role to play in preparing for river flooding.


Please visit calgary.ca/floodinfo for more information, sign up for our e-newsletter and download our Flood Readiness Guide.