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Alberta names gardens for Calgarian Harley Hotchkiss

Premier Alison Redford, along with Minister of Infrastructure Wayne Drysdale, officially named the Calgary Courts Centre urban park the Harley Hotchkiss Gardens in honour of the late community leader and philanthropist.

“For 60 years, Harley Hotchkiss gave so much of himself to building our community and our province,” said Premier Redford. “I know all Calgarians are grateful for his generous spirit and commitment to this city. Naming this park after him is our small way of giving back and honouring his tremendous legacy.”


Opened in July 2011, the 1.5 acre downtown Calgary centerpiece unites the contemporary Calgary Courts Centre with the historical sandstone courthouse. The “green roof” atop the 700-stall underground parkade showcases landforms of Alberta's natural regions, concentrating on sustainability through the use of native and drought-tolerant plants, rainwater harvesting and low-flow drip irrigation systems.

“Harley Hotchkiss gave tirelessly to help enrich the well-being of this city,” said Minister Drysdale. “This park in the middle of Calgary’s busy downtown honours his commitment and passionate spirit.”

Calling Calgary home since 1951, Harley Hotchkiss was an active volunteer, businessman, leader and philanthropist. He was committed to building the community and enhancing people’s access to health care and sporting activities. Notable among his achievements were his key role in bringing the Flames to Calgary; appointment as a Companion of The Order of Canada; membership in the Alberta Order of Excellence; induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame; and an honourary Doctor of Laws degree each from the University of Calgary and University of Lethbridge. Mr. Hotchkiss died on June 22, 2011, at the age of 83.

“Harley loved Calgary, he loved Alberta, and he loved his gardens,” said Rebecca Hotchkiss, Hotchkiss’ wife of almost 60 years. “He would be truly honoured and humbled to have this downtown garden named for him, and he would be so pleased to see it used as a pleasant space for all to enjoy.”

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