A massive infrastructure project was announced by Stampede officials on Wednesday that will see the creation of a community space along the eastern edge of Stampede Park.

The project is called ENMAX Park and officials say it will provide a year round community gathering place in the heart of Calgary.

“ENMAX Park is a beautiful way to celebrate and continue our long-standing relationship with the Calgary Stampede,” said Gianna Manes, President and CEO, ENMAX. “Like the power and gas we provide to Albertans, this vibrant, public space will be available 365 days of the year to connect ENMAX Park visitors to the community for years to come.”

The initiative is part of a 10-year legacy investment by ENMAX and the finished park will have a mix of landscaped and natural environments.

ENMAX Park will run along the eastern banks of the Elbow River and cover a total area of 30 acres, 16 of which will be bordered by the Elbow to the west and Scotsman’s Hill to the east.

The new space will celebrate Calgary’s western heritage and a number of sculptures have been commissioned to represent milestones in the city’s history.

“ENMAX Park will be used year-round for large and small functions, everything from festivals to family picnics,” said Vern Kimball, CEO Calgary Stampede. “We’re pleased to continue the long-standing relationship with ENMAX to provide a space that all ages will enjoy.”

ENMAX Park will also be the new home for Aboriginal peoples’ programming and will host the Indian Village and other attractions during the ten days of Stampede.

Construction on the new park will start in the fall and should be complete by 2016.

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