The Town of High River Parks Department provides leisure, recreation and positive mental health by ensuring aesthetically pleasing, safe and functional surroundings for all users
Phone 403.603.3509 | email TWebb@highriver.ca
The Town of High River consists of 267 acres (or 108 hectares) of parks, boulevards and green spaces – and these are growing each year!
The Parks Department is responsible for all maintenance of these areas including annual tree planting, irrigation, pruning, pest management (weeds, rodents, black knot), watering, fertilizing and removal or replacement of aging poplars in accordance with the Town’s Tree Protection Bylaw and Policy as well as the Urban Forest Standards (see below for more information).
The Town’s dedicated Parks staff also takes care of the public playgrounds & baseball diamonds, cemetery, flower & shrub beds, benches, picnic tables, planters, fences and oversees mowing contracts.
The Parks Department installs and maintains the Town’s annual Christmas light displays in public parks and facilities. They are also working closely with the Renewal Team on the Town’s long range planning and recovery.
Town of High River Parks - Tree health video (Click to view on YouTube)
During its annual tree maintenance assessments, the Town's Parks Department identified 9 trees along 12 Avenue S.W. that were removed in the fall of 2015.
Would you like a green way to commemorate a loved one or special event? Memorial trees can be purchased for either George Lane Park or Riverside Park and there are several types of evergreen and deciduous trees available to choose from.
Orders for the current year should be submitted by February 1.
Please email Darlene Donovan, Town Arborist for more information or call 403-603-3503 with your inquiry.
Download and print a copy of the Memorial Tree Application Form
Similar to the Tree Memorial Program, benches with commemorative plaques can be purchased through the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex main reception 403-652-4042
Download and print a copy of the Memorial Bench Application Form
George Lane Memorial Park is the jewel in High River's crown. Heavily treed, it features a baseball diamond, events stage, horseshoe pits, a kid's playground, community picnic areas, and the campground that is run by the Lions Club.
The Campground is open May 1 to Sept 30 - Check out the Lion's website at GLP Campground for more information on the campground or booking the public fire pits.
For information about bookings at George Lane Campground call 403.652.2529 and leave a message. When the park opens in the spring, all messages are returned. Information is available on the Lion’s Club website or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note, the washrooms in George Lane Park are seasonal facilities that are open at during the same dates as the campground
**For information about bookings at the Little Bow Group Camp area behind the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex call 403-652-4042.
The trails plays an important role in encouraging a healthy, low-cost, environmentally sustainable choice for recreation and transportation and should therefore be protected, enhanced, expanded and promoted. (approximately 17 kms of trails in and around the Town.)
The Happy Trails system is be designed for multiple users and a range of recreational activity and abilities. Where feasible, the pathway system was designed to accommodate walkers, strollers, runners, people with disabilities, cyclists, in-line skaters and skateboarders. Key planning and design principles include continuity - avoiding gaps.
To view a map click here
If you have questions or concerns about the Happy Trails or would like to request maintenance/additional dog waste disposal stations, please contact Town of High River Operations at 403-652-4657
Visitors to High River wishing to spend a pleasant day in the countryside do not have far to venture. They can visit the 13 acre Sheppard Family Park located one block east of the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex on the south side of 12th Avenue southeast.
Sheppard Family Park offers a serene rural picnic sight and the chance to view historic local architecture. In September of every year, the Park holds an old fashioned Threshing Bee with horses and antique equipment.
For more information visit the playgrounds and ball diamonds page.
High River offers a beautiful setting with mature trees and natural areas. many paved trails give access to breathtaking views, offer access to exploring the Highwood River valley, parks, and open spaces.
The Town of High River appreciates the value of the trees, which are an integral part of the community's beauty. Town council passed a Tree Protection Bylaw to protect these valuable resources from any potential damage from the public.
The supplementary Tree Protection Policy is intended to provide a framework for the Town of High River’s Parks and Recreation Department to manage and maintain trees on Town property. For more information, refer to the Tree Bylaw Brochure and the Town of High River Urban Forest Standards.
If members of the public and/or contractors require vehicle or other access to the Town’s parks or green spaces, they will need to complete a Parks and Green spaces Right of Way Access Permit.
Unauthorized access includes driving, parking or encroaching on rights of way, boulevards, parks and green spaces for the purpose of moving, construction, parking, or any other activity using a vehicle or piece of equipment. If damage occurs, the damaged area must be returned to pre-existing conditions and to the satisfaction of the Town of High River.