Archive for October, 2020

2020-2021 Ramsay Winter Recreation – Updated Nov 30, 2020

October 29th, 2020

The Ramsay Community Association has been busy planning ways in which we can provide low-cost, Covid-friendly, all-inclusive outdoor activities over the winter.


RCA’s recreational space located at 2102 Ramsay st SE currently offers:

  • A large pleasure skating ice rink located on the field North of the rink & shack. Please adhere to social distance rules posted at the site and the most current guidelines from the AB Gov’t embedded below.
  • A bike skills park and covered recreational space in the undercover rink
  • An additional firepit and extra benches near the shack to allow for more social distancing – First come, first serve, available for public use
  • Various fun and socially distanced activities being put together by the Recreation Committee *Follow Ramsay Recreation on Instagram and Facebook or check the website for updates*
    • “Ralphie” Ramsay’s outdoor Elf on the Shelf
    • Cross Country Skiing
    • Ramsay Parade of Lights


We have also had to adjust some traditional offerings:

  • Due to Covid guidelines announced November 24, 2020:
    • The skate shack will remain closed for the winter season
    • With an outdoor social gathering limit of 10, RCA will not host any in-person events or programming this winter
    • As hockey nets are not permitted on the adopt-a-rink, per City rules posted at the site, they have been removed until further notice
  • The undercover rink will not be flooded
    • Please know that this year’s decision not to flood the undercover rink was not taken lightly. Over the years, Calgary’s weather variability, and the deterioration of the asphalt surface, has made it very challenging to sustain ice, thereby driving up the cost of upkeep. This year, keeping the facility free from ice and the melt that occurs during chinooks, allows for a greater variety of outdoor activities while we evaluate future upgrades


Additional resources:

56276C62-6F68-4B0D-8BB4-207438B2E43EOutdoor Ice Rinks - Gov't of AB Dec 4 2020 copy


Nicole Battistella

Ramsay Community Association

Be Safe – Leave Space Campaign, & Transportation Bylaw Changes

October 9th, 2020


Be Safe – Leave Space Campaign &

Transportation Bylaw Changes


Council approved several changes to Calgary transportation bylaws to provide more choice and improve safety and predictability for Calgarians, no matter how they choose to get around Calgary, on March 18, 2019.

What are the changes to the transportation bylaw?

Minimum safe passing distance

Starting September 1, 2019 motorists driving slower than 60km/h will be required by law to leave a minimum of 1 metre when passing someone cycling. When driving faster than 60km/hr the distance increases to at least 1.5 metres of space when passing. Failure to leave the minimum safe passing distance may result in a $203 fine as per the new bylaw.


Be Safe  – Leave Space (video)




Note: You may cross a single solid yellow line to complete a pass, if it’s safe to do so. If you can’t pass safely with the minimum amount of space, slow down and wait for an appropriate opportunity to pass. When cycling, you will still be expected to ride as close to the curb as is safe to do so.


Get more info here…

Stampede – New (old) addition to Enmax Park

October 5th, 2020

Stampede – Historic Building Relocation to Enmax Park

Greetings Ramsayites,

Our neighbours at Calgary Stampede will be doing a bit of “fall renovation.”

FYI for those using the Ramsay Stairs over the coming weeks.

Stampede wanted to let Ramsay know that there will be some excavation followed by the pouring of a concrete slab occurring in the coming days/weeks in Enmax Park.  Location is just south of the Sweetgrass Lodge building (and north of the base of the Ramsay stair).

Following the curing of the slab, an historic building currently in Weadickville (Quirk Cabin) will be relocated to Enmax Park and fixed onto the slab.  This building location was approved as part of the original DP for Enmax Park, and is happening now because the building needs to be moved as part of the 17 Av extension project.

Stampede neighbours wanted Ramsay to be aware in case we heard any questions from members of your community.

Below, please find a bit about the Quirk Cabin and a photo.


Quirk Cabin, 1885

Quirk Cabin was built by early Alberta ranchers John and Kate Quirk. At the peak of their success, they owned 6,000 acres of land, and leased another 6,000. This cabin was likely used as temporary lodgings for cowboys working on their ranch. It was restored and donated to the Stampede by Morris A. Shortt in 1986.