Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) and the Calgary Stampede, as partners in the delivery of the Rivers District Master Plan, are pleased to break ground on the redevelopment of Stampede Trail (formerly Olympic Way). Construction on the vibrant retail corridor and multi-modal connector begins this month.
A new multifunctional retail corridor for C+E visitors
$20-million project aligns with key urban strategy in Rivers District Master Plan.
An adaptable throughfare that supports a variety of user experiences
Through streetscaping upgrades and roadway enhancements, we’re transforming four blocks of Stampede Trail into a multifunctional space—a vibrant retail and entertainment corridor, a multi-modal connector and, for special events, a pedestrian-only festival plaza and urban community space; and a vital interface between the BMO Centre, the future Event Centre and retail development along the corridor.
Elevating The C+E experience
This $20 million project, funded through our CRL, will enhance the Calgary experience for all who visit The Culture + Entertainment District.
Flexible thoroughfare and gathering space
The street will adapt for different purposes—from day-to-day traffic to high-volume access for major events to pedestrian-only uses.
A vibrant and distinctive retail main street
Design features like brick pavers and catenary lighting provide an elevated user experience while nurturing a distinctive sense of place.
Rolled curbs enable smooth transitions from daily use for pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle traffic to a pedestrian-only gathering space.
Next steps along the path to project delivery
To enable ongoing operations at Stampede Park as well as construction at the BMO Centre expansion and 17th Avenue SE extension, the project will proceed in two phases: the section from 14 Avenue to Agriculture Trail in 2023, followed by 12 Avenue to 14 Avenue SE in 2024. To follow along as Stampede Trail takes shape, subscribe to our newsletter.
Phase 1 Groundbreaking
Phase 1 Complete
Phase 2 Groundbreaking
Phase 2 Complete
Media & Recognition
Broke ground April 2023
- ArcadisCivil Engineer
- O2 Planning & DesignLandscape Architect
- AECONGeneral Contractor
With important construction underway throughout The Culture + Entertainment District, CMLC and its project partners have developed a new interactive map to help Calgarians navigate the impacts of construction as they travel to and through the area.
The hundreds of LED lights that illuminate Reconciliation Bridge were due to be upgraded this year and CMLC took the opportunity to re-evaluate its community lighting program and develop a new program that would prioritize Indigenous stories in the annual lighting calendar.
CMLC and the Calgary Stampede are committed to the long-term success of the district and remain optimistic that ongoing discussions being led by the City of Calgary ultimately result in a positive outcome for Calgarians and the Rivers District.
This report provides an overview of the engagement efforts led by CMLC specific to the Master Plan process starting in 2017. It details findings of a joint public engagement program in collaboration with the City of Calgary.