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Exciting Things Coming to Calgary

January 4th, 2016 6:48 pm by

16 Exciting Things Coming to Calgary in 2016

Calgary is one of Canada’s leading cities when it comes to progression and expansion. Below are some of the projects we are looking forward to seeing completed and/or started in 2016.


1. The National Music Centre

By spring 2016, the National Music Centre will be at least partly open. The new National Music Centre will offer opportunities for public engagement and entertainment all year.


2. 2016 Juno Awards

The 45th Juno Awards will be hosted in Calgary. The events take place from March 28 to April 3.


3. The Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

A space for learning opens in time for the University of Calgary’s 50th anniversary. The University of Calgary’s getting a new building in the new year. The Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning will open in the space that was formerly the Nickle Arts Museum.


4. The Calgary Film Centre

The Calgary Film Centre broke ground in October 2014 and is scheduled to be up and running in early 2016. It’s going to be a space for creative people doing creative projects for the screen.


5. The Rec Room

Cineplex Entertainment is building a two-storey, 50,000-square-foot complex in Deerfoot City called The Rec Room. It’s going to be a gathering place for adults and kids and it’s just the second in Canada — the first is in Edmonton and is scheduled to open in the spring of 2016. There’s going to be games, both casual and upscale restaurants, bocce ball courts, a bar and a place for live performances.


6. cSpace

In late 2016, cSpace is becoming a reality.  It’s a 47,500-square-foot space dedicated to artistic creation and performances by non-profits and professional artists. The space will feature studio space, co-working space, a theatre and rehearsal area, Montessori childcare options and more.


7. Dedicated Dance Centre

After nine years of planning, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks is moving into a new, 38,000-square-foot centre at Centre Street and 12th Avenue S.E. Inside, there will be seven dance studios, one specifically for community use.


8. Recreation Facilities 

Residents in Calgary’s southeast are getting new recreation facilities in 2016. The Quarry Park Recreation Facility (108 Quarry Park Rd. S.E.). The facility will be just under 100,000 square feet and include facilities like a six-lane, 25-metre swimming pool, hot tubs, a fitness centre, a running track and a full service Calgary Public Library. The Great Plains Recreation Facility (5749 76 Ave. S.E.) is also scheduled to be complete next year. Amenities here include two ice rinks, spectator seating, a fitness centre and a pro shop with skate sharpening.


9. Indoor Lacrosse Facility

After 12 years of work, the Calgary Winter Lacrosse Association’s first indoor lacrosse facility is scheduled to open in the spring of 2016.


10. New International Terminal

The new airport terminal saw some delays this year, but is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016 with 70 retailers.


11. Community Foods Centre 

Back in 2014, The Alex partnered with Community Food Centres Canada to work on launching Calgary’s first Community Food Centre (CFC). Each centre works a little differently, but in general it will help the Calgary community in three ways. There will be a kitchen where healthy food can be prepared. There will be a garden or greenhouse to grow food. And there will be a dining room where meals can be enjoyed together.


12. 2 Year Transit Pilot Project

This is good news for anyone who commutes to Calgary from Okotoks, Nanton, High River, Black Diamond or Turner Valley. Next fall, the Calgary Regional Partnership is launching a pilot project that will connect these communities with the south side of Calgary’s LRT line.  Buses will run from Nanton up through Okotoks and stop at the Somserset/Bridlewood LRT station.


13.  Bus-only Lanes for 17th Avenue

As 17th Avenue S.E. is redeveloped, bus-only lanes will be added in the centre of the road.


14. CrossIron Mills’ Food Court Expansion

There’s been construction at CrossIron Mills since last January and the first phase of the expansion is scheduled to open in the spring. That first phase is an improved food court — it’s moving to a new location and expanding to bring the total capacity up to 1,300. The second phase — the addition of new retailers in the old food court space — will be complete in 2017.


15. Construction starts on the Zoo Bridge

The new bridge is designed to withstand a 1-in-200-year flood. Construction on the new bridge begins next year and it’s scheduled to be completed in 2017.


16. The Costigan House is going to become Mill Street Brewery

By the springtime, the Costigan house will become Mill Street Brewery.