Park #12: Olympic Plaza Park: Third Culture Kid πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦/πŸ‡―πŸ‡²πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί

History:

Olympic Plaza Park was built in 1988 when Calgary hosted the Winter Olympics. The medal ceremonies took place there. Fun fact: That was the year that the first Jamaican bobsled team competed, as shown in the movie Cool Runnings. You can see the Calgary Tower just past the park. Even though Calgary Tower wasn’t built for the Olympics, whenever the Olympics happen, there is a flame burning on the top of it when the Olympic Flame is lit.

Features:

Olympic Plaza Park is a prime place for downtown events! The most famous of them is the Chinook Blast concert. In the centre of the park, there’s the Reflecting Pond, which you can enjoy in early summer. Later in the summer, they drain it for maintenance. In the winter, you can skate on it! The park sparkles with Christmas magic in December and bursts into bloom in the spring!

Challenges:

There are times it can get crowded, besides the times there are events. Since Olympic Plaza Park is across the street from City Hall, you’re more likely to run into protests. A good way to gauge if it’s a good time to visit the park is to peek at it from the light rail station or train. I followed my own advice earlier this year when I was going downtown and thought it would be a good idea to chill at Olympic Plaza Park. Then, I saw a protest supporting the Trucker’s Convoy, so that plan went out the window! It’s a popular choice for city workers on their lunch break as well. I’m not sure if the park’s lunch break visitors have reduced due to the pandemic and more workers doing hybrid work, but I guess only time will tell.

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