Idlewild Park transforming beautifully
Along with the reconstructed Idlewild Dam, completed in February 2017, the 19 hectare park has received numerous improvements, from enhanced lakeside amenities to washrooms, wildlife habitat enhancement and artwork.
Several community organizations and businesses are helping the City of Cranbrook in the improvements.
Idlewild Park was originally developed as the reservoir for the City of Cranbrook until 1975 when it was updated and redeveloped into a community park.
Nestled in the southeast corner of the city and filled with towering pines, Idlewild offers scenic walking trails that guide you through the entirety of the park. With a fishpond, adventure course, and an Amphitheatre stage Idlewild is the most versatile park in Cranbrook.
The park is home to Memory Lane, which is the predecessor program to the City of Cranbrook Trees for Life program.
With plenty of open space, picnic benches, a horseshoe pit, children’s play equipment, exercise trails and under renovation zip-line, there is fun and activities for the entire family.
For out-of-towners seeking quiet respite and a nice walk, Idlewild Park is located at 34th Avenue and 9th Street S.
Photos by Ian Cobb and Carrie Schafer