Parks & Open Spaces

Cochrane proudly maintains approximately 9% of its land as parks and open spaces. Residents and visitors enjoy nearly three dozen parks (many with playgrounds), summer fishing in trout ponds, outdoor skating in winter, and over 60 kilometers of pathways all year round.  Parks and Open Spaces also maintains three cemeteries, several sports fields and dog off-leash areas.

Update on Playing Fields

With the incredible accumulation of snow this year and the unseasonably low temperatures, we anticipate delays to the opening schedule of all sports fields. We will continue to update the status changes here and on our Facility Status Line at 403-851-2552.

Parks Maintenance Standards Update

Details and classification map coming soon. Please check back.

New Off-leash Dog Park


Cochrane’s new dog park west of the arboretum in Riverfront Park is open to the public.


The dog park in West Valley, south of Quigley Drive along Hwy 22 construction has started and is anticipated to be completed this spring.  

No gardening or other activity allowed on Town land

Cochrane takes pride in its parks, pathways and open spaces. No gardening or other activity is allowed on Town land unless authorized. This helps Town staff preserve the natural beauty, native elements and overall integrity of these areas. Property owners who appear to be gardening or otherwise encroaching on a Town park, pathway or open space will be required to remedy the situation at their own expense.

Not sure if you’re encroaching? If it’s outside your fence, it’s Town land.

Encroachment activities include (but are not limited to):

  • Planting/garden add-ons of any sort
  • Mowing/spraying/fertilizing grass
  • Dumping of organic & inorganic material
  • Erecting fences/rock walls etc.
  • Storage of vehicles/equipment    
  • Placement of composters/sheds/bird houses

Department staff

The Parks and Open Spaces team is made up of nine staff members, with approximately 27 additional seasonal staff each summer.  We also partner with community volunteers and developers to establish and maintain new parks and public spaces