Calgary Parklands: Elliston Park and the Greenway


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July 24th 2020
Published: September 27th 2020
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Elliston Lake Elliston Lake Elliston Lake

A most elegant storm pond
The C Hikers met at Elliston Park under gathering dark clouds. As Wendy remarked, a few “chinks of blue sky” shone through. Our mood was cheery when Sylvia led us part way around Elliston Lake, up to 17 Avenue, and onto the Calgary Greenway. Spreading out along the groomed path, we found our pace. Because this part of the Greenway is along Stoney Trail, we had the weird sensation of looking one way to see thundering goods trucks and the other way to see the wildness of our prairie landscape.

As the route moved slightly up hill and down, wildflowers took over from long grasses. Goldenrod and Vetch spread in broad swathes, a background for Oxeye Daisies and Yellow Toadflax. Red and white clover formed a natural herbaceous border. Rusty red Dockleaf spears poked their accents above the spectacular displays. This part of the Greenway was built on disturbed land, attracting flowers that elsewhere would be considered weeds. Some Wild Roses and cattail reeds flourished amongst their less reputable neighbours.

Returning to the park, we strolled around the rest of the Lake. Although at first we walked close to the shore, Calgary’s frequent thunderstorms had raised the Lake’s level over the path,
Yellow Toadflax and Purple Vetch Yellow Toadflax and Purple Vetch Yellow Toadflax and Purple Vetch

A most pleasing colour combination
fulfilling its role as a storm-runoff-collector. Startled by having to climb up a significant hill, we rejoiced in the sudden embrace of woodlands. Finally, out in the open we had a magnificent view of the park and the lake - an excellent place for lunch.


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Elliston Park entranceElliston Park entrance
Elliston Park entrance

A new park for me
Cultivated roses Cultivated roses
Cultivated roses

An ornamental introduction
Pine conesPine cones
Pine cones

Intimations of fall already
Flowers in the grasses Flowers in the grasses
Flowers in the grasses

Left to grow as nature intended
Dockleaf Dockleaf
Dockleaf

That all important vertical to catch the eye
Clover lining the Greenway Clover lining the Greenway
Clover lining the Greenway

A natural border to the path
Scotch Thistle Scotch Thistle
Scotch Thistle

Not a weed in Scotland!
Tiny wildflowers on the Greenway Tiny wildflowers on the Greenway
Tiny wildflowers on the Greenway

Looking low yields wonders
Swathes of wildflowers ...Swathes of wildflowers ...
Swathes of wildflowers ...

... as far as the eye can see
Oxeye Daisies and Red Clover Oxeye Daisies and Red Clover
Oxeye Daisies and Red Clover

Astonishing variety!
Cattails Cattails
Cattails

Anonymous stream
Duck Duck
Duck

Full menu of grasses and reeds
Wildflowers in Elliston Park Wildflowers in Elliston Park
Wildflowers in Elliston Park

Taking advantage of both sun and rain


27th September 2020

I'd never heard of Elliston Park or the Greenway. When I see where it is, I'm not super surprised - the only City quadrant I know even remotely well is the NW. Visiting all these City parks is a great idea for a staycation-style excursion. And it's good to see swathes of the City being left in a more-or-less natural state, threading wildlife corridors through a built-up area.
4th October 2020

Changes in Calgary
The Greenway is a relatively new innovation, and I learned today that it is longer than the ring-road.

Tot: 2.482s; Tpl: 0.017s; cc: 26; qc: 141; dbt: 0.0467s; 2; m:saturn w:www (104.131.125.221); sld: 1; ; mem: 1.6mb