Supporting the Vision for the Future of Foothills Athletic Park and McMahon Stadium


In late 2020, B&A started work with the City of Calgary and the University of Calgary to create a Concept Plan for the City-owned Foothills Athletic Park and university-owned McMahon Stadium lands. The Concept Plan provides a roadmap for the site’s future development that reflects the needs of its users and the community. As an enduring home of recreational and competitive sport used by the entire city, the project team is committed to ensuring all Calgarians are engaged in developing a vision for the future of the lands.

Starting in March, the Project Team launched the first of its three-phase engagement program for the public to have the opportunity to rethink what Foothills Athletic Park and McMahon Lands could be and to plan for the future.

During Phase One: Explore, public engagement was focused on identifying how the site is used today and opportunities to enhance it through the Concept Plan process. Feedback was gathered from the public through an online survey and various stakeholder meetings. In Phase Two: Create, the Project Team hosted a virtual charrette process over two weeks and included presentations from the Core Design Team and focused topic sessions. Members of the public were invited to follow along in live, virtual design workshop sessions to watch the plan evolve. A summary of the first two engagement phases can be found here.

Lead Urban Designer, Geoff Dyer of B&A Planning Group says the Concept Plan consists of a dynamic four season, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use recreation and entertainment village, anchored by two major sports venues. The vision for the Concept has been shaped with consideration of the future multi-sport fieldhouse, another exciting project within the subject site. Other key elements of the project include:

  • An entertainment district, centered on a new stadium front door and improved transit connections
  • Improved interface with the University of Calgary and 24th Avenue NW, including a bike plaza
  • Central green space for structured and informal recreation opportunities
  • Residential and mixed-use redevelopment opportunity along University Drive
  • Infill and parking opportunities at the southern portion of the site

“The development of the Foothills + McMahon Concept Plan sets the vision for an important economic development and placemaking opportunity for all of Calgary. We are excited about how the plan has unfolded through this process,” says Geoff Dyer, Partner. “Public and stakeholder feedback has helped shape the vision and we look forward to hearing more from our community during Phase Three.”

With support from Calgarians and regional users, the Project Team now has a preliminary vision that recognizes the tremendous opportunity of the lands, enhances surrounding areas, meets Calgarians’ recreation goals, and explores the significant economic development opportunity of this site. Now, the Project Team is pursuing engagement Phase Three: Share, to collect feedback on the design concept.

Interested members of the public are encouraged to visit the project website, review the Concept, the unique elements proposed and provide feedback. Feedback will be collected until July 30th.

The Concept Plan is the first step in planning for the proposed site and goes before City of Calgary Council in Fall 2021.