228 - 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB
Built for medal presentations during the 1988 Winter Olympics, this downtown site is still popular today for concerts, festivals and ice skating.
|Getting There |||Northbound Macleod Trail, east on 8th Ave SE. Nearest LRT Station: Olympic Plaza|
|Cross Street |||3rd St SE|
|The Plaza attracts visitors and residents alike with water fountains during the summer, a fine skating rink in winter, as well as concerts, festivals and special events throughout the year.|
Profile Last Updated: May 08, 2009
The plaza was originally built from 1986 – 1987 for a medal presentation during the 1988 Winter Olympics. These days the site is still popular for concerts, festivals and relaxing. It even includes a Legacy Wall featuring plaques commemorating medal winners from the games.
During the summer months the park features water fountains, music and festivities. On warm summer days the park is filled with downtown patrons during the lunch hour. Many park-style concerts are held at Olympic Plaza such as the exciting Latino-fest or annual Stampede breakfast events. The plaza's summer wading pool turns into a skating rink in the winter, giving this park year-round appeal.
The skating rink is open for public ice-skating 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily from the middle of November until the middle of March, weather permitting. Just a reminder that hockey sticks, toboggans, sleds & strollers are not permitted on the ice rink. Patrons can contact the city for further information on hours of operation, group bookings and program registrations
Past events at Olympic Plaza have included New Years Eve celebrations, Canada Day fireworks, the Molson DV8 music and ski festival, a public thank you rally for the Calgary Flames in June 2004 after their playoff run to the finals, and Pride celebrations. It is also the heart of the Epcor Centre for Performing Arts, which features three theatre companies and the Jack Singer Concert Hall. The heart of Calgary’s cultural district, Olympic Plaza has been the gathering place for many events under the “Meet me at OP” campaign, and is also host to the first Thursday’s event every month.
Ice Skating Hours and Info: Open mid-Nov until mid-March (weather permitting); Daily: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Free of charge.