Cranston

Southeast Calgary community is a nature lover’s dream

Appealing to a variety of demographics, the dynamic community of Cranston offers a taste of the good life.

“It’s a great community with so much to offer, including schools and shopping right in the area,” said Justin Castelino, marketing manager for Brookfield Residential, the developer behind upper Cranston and the niche community of Cranston’s Riverstone.

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Royal Oak & Rocky Ridge

Natural beauty, and a state-of-the-art recreation facility, on the city’s northwest edge

Nestled side by side, the northwest communities of Royal Oak and Rocky Ridge share an abundance of amenities, including grocery stores, community green spaces and walking trails. But two features that make these communities stand out are the jaw-dropping views of the Rocky Mountains and the brand-new Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge, a 284,000-square-foot health and wellness centre that opened its doors in January.

“The hunger and desire for this type of community space has been long anticipated,” said Ken Lima-Coelho, vice-president of community engagement for YMCA Calgary.

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Off the beaten path

Priddis provides picturesque, rural lifestyle in Calgary’s shadow

Ed Osborne, the president of the Priddis Community Association and a former agricultural consultant, recalls when he relocated from the Calgary community of Woodbine to Priddis some 15 years ago.

“I grew up on and off my uncle’s farm in Manitoba. I always wanted to live in the country,” said Osborne, adding the allure of rural living is what drew him to the tiny hamlet about 10 kilometres west of Calgary’s city limits.

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Recreation destination

Bringing people together sets new rec centre apart

Building a community and building a sense of community are two different things. The City of Calgary understands that distinction, and the new Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge is a prime example.

As construction of new neighbourhoods proceeds at a frantic pace, the City is doing its best to make these collections of houses feel like home. That’s why it committed $480 million to develop four recreation centres in freshly built suburbs. One of those projects, approved in 2012 and set to open in January of 2018, is the new recreational facility in the northwest community of Rocky Ridge.

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