Article by Graham Heeps - The northwest community of Edgemont is one of Calgary’s largest, with over 16,000 residents according to the 2014 census. Founded in 1978 and covering 6.6 square kilometers (2.5 square miles), Edgemont enjoys easy access to the city and beyond from the bordering routes of John Laurie Boulevard to the south, Sarcee Trail to the west, Country Hills Boulevard to the north and Shaganappi Trail to the east. Public buses provide a direct connection from Edgemont to the CTrain light rail system at Dalhousie Station, making it easy to reach Downtown and southern Calgary.
Largely a northwest extension of Nose Hill, Edgemont has steep escarpments at its southeast end, where it adjoins Nose Hill Park, which is popular for walking and cycling. Due to its elevation (up to 1,245m), Edgemont is exposed to more wind than the surrounding communities, but this elevation also provides spectacular views of Calgary to the south and the Rocky Mountains to the west.
Edgemont is primarily a residential neighbourhood and is popular with families. There are three schools in the district: Edgemont Elementary and Tom Baines Junior High in the public system, and Mother Mary Greene Elementary in the Catholic system. Elementary students also take the school bus to Captain John Palliser school, and high school students to Sir Winston Churchill High School in the public system, or St. Francis High School in the Catholic system.
There are many recreational opportunities for residents including a brand new children’s playground and several smaller toddler play areas, tennis and basketball courts, soccer pitches and baseball diamonds, and a health and fitness club. In the winter there is sledding and skating on a community-maintained rink. Walkers are well served by a network of pathways, green spaces and natural ravines, as well as by the proximity to Nose Hill Park. Residents recently petitioned to implement a Landscape Enhancement Program (LEAF) that aims to beautify the community.
Edgemont is home to a number of small businesses and amenities including cafes and other food outlets, two veterinary clinics, and three gas stations. There are supermarkets, restaurants, healthcare centers and other amenities at Sarcee Hills on Edgemont’s northwest corner, and across Country Hills Boulevard in the Hamptons to the northeast. The retail park at Sarcee Hills and the Northland and Market Malls are within a 10-minute drive.
The Edgemont Community Association (ECA) has been bringing residents together for over 35 years. ECA shares space with Edgemont Elementary School, to whose gym it has access in the evenings. The Community Center has many rooms, one that feature hardwood floors popular for yoga and dance, and one that hosts a preschool, another which comes with the use of a commercial kitchen. A long established Chinese elderly citizens group meets at the community center weekly–Edgemont has a substantial Asian population – as do local Scouts, Toastmasters, Karate groups and gymnastics groups. Some of the programs offered at the Edgemont Community Association are soccer, basketball, yoga, writing program, and before and after school programs. Edgemont offers a number of summer programs as well, including basketball camps, teen drama camps, and a summer program for children in partnership with Calgary Parks and Recreation. This program offers games, sports, crafts, music, creative writing, drama, day camps, babysitter training, and bug science courses. ECA also produces a community newsletter, The Inside Edgemont, which is delivered monthly to all residents.