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Riley Park

Riley Park is a beautiful destination park in northwest Calgary within walking distance from the Kensington shopping district. The park contains a cricket pitch, wading pool and the Senator Patrick Burns Memorial Rock Garden.
  


Riley Park

Location: 800 12 St. N.W.

Area: 9 hectares

Park hours: 5 a.m. - 11 p.m.

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Park features
Wading pool in Riley Park

  • Cricket pitch
  • Wading pool
  • Senator Patrick Burns Memorial Rock Gardens
  • Picnic tables
  • Playground
  • Washrooms (seasonal)
  • Water fountains (seasonal)
  • Concession (independently operated)

About the park

Riley Park is located directly south of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, is home to a Calgary Cricket League and holds free summer concerts in the park by Calgary Concert Band.

History

Riley Park was once part of the 146,000 hectare Cochrane Ranch. In 1888, Thomas and Georgina Riley and their family of 10 children homesteaded the land and in 1909, following Thomas' death, their land was left to The City of Calgary.

Senator Patrick Burns Memorial Rock Gardens

Burns cattle brand

This beautiful flower and rock garden nestled within the tall trees along the northern hillside of Riley Park is named for Senator Patrick Burns.

Senator Patrick Burns (1856 - 1937) was a well known Alberta rancher, businessman, and politician. He is one of the Big Four who founded the Calgary Stampede.

The gardens were constructed in the 1950's with more than 20,000 pieces of flagstone from the senator's demolished mansion.