The Town is currently working on a slope stabilization project in the area east of the Headlands neighbourhood (map).
This project requires the installation of approximately 80 concrete piles into the bedrock of the slope to stabilize it. Before we can install the concrete piles, we need to create a flat working bench behind the existing wall so the piling machinery can work. The slopes in the area make access difficult; the pathway is needed for concrete trucks, other machinery and workers to safely get to the pile locations.
Once the piles have been installed, further grading will take place to rehabilitate the slope and fix any areas that have slumped. Topsoil will then be replaced and rehabilitated to its previous state.
Construction is estimated to take three months, with completion anticipated for September.
With equipment using the pathway for access, there was no safe way to keep the pathway open during the construction process. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Asphalt pathways in Town are cleared of snow during the winter; red shale pathways are not maintained over the winter.
Historic Cochrane Ranche Site
The Historic Cochrane Ranche site is the original site of Senator Matthew Henry Cochrane's ranch, established in 1881. The public park is approximately 136 acres and has a seasonal washroom facility, picnic tables, outdoor stage and three fire pits. Groups can book areas for family picnics, wedding ceremonies and other events. The Cochrane Ranche is located on Highway 1A, just east of Highway 22.
Mitford Park is a 34-hectare regional park located along the north bank of the Bow River. The park includes an outdoor covered stage, pedestrian/cycling pathway along the Bow River, ball diamonds, a soccer/rugby field, skateboard facility, ponds and a seasonal washroom. The major event here is the Canada Day concert (July 1). Mitford Park is located at 201 West Rock Rd.
Cochrane has two dog off-leash areas that total six hectares in size:
Along the river between the bridge at the south end of River Avenue and the east end of Griffin Road, opposite Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre. Parking available at the south end of River Avenue and opposite SLS Sport Centre.
Under the Bow River bridge, just west of Highway 22. Access parking from Griffin Rd west of Highway 22 (boat launch); walk west under the bridge. Dogs must be leashed until the off-leash area.
Note: Dogs are required to be under your control even in the off-leash area.
Fishing: Mitford Pond
During the summer Mitford Pond is stocked with trout for fishing in partnership with Trout Unlimited, Jumping Pound Chapter and is a favourite with kids. Children 13 and under can take home a fish; everyone else must catch and release.
Memorial/Dedication Benches & Picnic Tables
If you would like to honour a loved one, family or group with a bench or picnic table in a Town park, you can purchase a piece of park furniture and have it installed by Town of Cochrane Parks staff, complete with bronze plaque. Find out more or apply.
Cochrane has two outdoor skating areas, both are maintained for ice skating as long as the weather allows. Please call the Facility Status Line for the current status of the ice (24-hour information line): 403-851-2552.
The Tim Bannister Memorial Outdoor Rink, 324 Ross Ave
Mitford Pond, 201 West Rock Rd; access by the parking lot at the west end of West Rock Rd. Ice fishing is prohibited at Mitford Pond. The pathway through Mitford Park is connected to the 40 km Town pathway system.