Sien Lok Park Celebrates History of Calgary's Chinese Immigrants
Calgary’s Sien Lok Park is the only major public green space in the City’s Chinatown district. Located on the south bank of the Bow River, the Park extends south to the back of the Calgary Chinatown Development Foundation. The park is divided by Riverfront Avenue SW, and extends west to 1 Street SW and east to the Centre Street Bridge.
The Park entrance is flanked by two majestic Chinese lion sculptures. Inside the park, you will find a pagoda, benches, a playground, a concrete tai chi area, a Wall of Names art installation dedicated to the history of Chinese immigrants in Canada, and at the centre of it all, a 15-tonne granite sculpture called In Search of Gold Mountain to honour Chinese history in Canada.
The Park was developed by the Sien Lok Park Society in collaboration with the community in 1982. The Society, whose names literally means, happiness through good works, undertakes benevolent acts for the betterment of the Chinese community, to preserve Chinese culture and language, and to build a better understanding and relationships between people of Chinese ancestry and all Canadians.
The City of Calgary initiated a design and development plan to improve Sien Lok Park as part of the Chinatown centennial celebration in 2010 in collaboration with stakeholders like the Sien Lok Park Society and the public.
The plan will see key features added, once funding is secured, like tree lined promenades and drive with wide pedestrian walkways, an outdoor theatre with terraced seating, a great ceremonial road, ornamental fencing, sculptural stairs from Centre Street Bridge, an illuminated Chinese gate, sculptural lanterns, new water features and sculptures, contemporary formal gardens, and a festival plaza with floating harmony ring.
Riverfront Avenue & 1 Street SW
5 am to 11 pm