Building a Better Calgary

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Calgary Parking Authority’s Platform Parkade

The Calgary Parking Authority’s Platform Parkade, which opened its doors on May 26, 2021, is something distinctly more than a place to park your car. Even the architecture, with a modern design that remains cohesive with nearby City Hall, Central Library, and Studio Bell, catches your eye with its distinctiveness. The structure, which was not tax-payer funded, was delivered as part of The City of Calgary’s East Village Area Redevelopment Plan. Platform Parkade is part of the revitalized East Village urban mosaic; it was designed, developed and built to address the evolving transportation needs of the neighbourhood.

A platform is a raised level surface on which people or things — in this case, vehicles — can stand. But a platform is also a plan of action, and there are big plans for this space and how it can rise to meet the evolving transportation needs of the neighbourhood and our city, both now and in the future.

Located along 9th Avenue at 3rd Street SE, Platform Parkade is multi-faceted and dynamic. The parkade reflects a purpose-led, future focused collaboration built in partnership with the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) and Platform Calgary. This innovative concept rethinks the parkade to be about community and ideas, not solely vehicles, and could not have happened without future forward thinking and embracing innovation.

With the current requirements of the area in mind, Platform Parkade meets the needs of residents and visitors to support multiple modes of transportation.

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Over 500 Vehicle Parking Stalls
Nearly 100 bike spots
6 electric vehicle chargers
(with capacity for more)
Building a Better Calgary

Community Gathering Place

The parkade features a publicly accessible ground floor sport court and with stunning city skyline views, the seventh floor offers a panoramic event rental space. The facility also hosts a 50,000 square foot Innovation Centre, supporting local start-ups and entrepreneurs. Learn more about what the Platform Calgary Innovation Centre is doing now and how to get involved here.

Community Gathering Place

Future-Fit Design

The dynamics of transportation and city spaces are changing and are expected to continue to reshape as transportation continues to evolve. Designed by Kasian and 5468796 Architecture, the Platform Parkade allows for future conversion of space into office, residential, or a mix of both uses. The floor-to-ceiling height is approximately one and a half times that of a traditional parkade to accommodate future mechanical, electrical and HVAC requirements and the above-grade design, which includes a central atrium, allows natural light to penetrate through the building. Another unique feature is that the structure does not have a ramp system; therefore, no ramps will have to be removed when converting from one use to another.

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Calgary's History
East Village

Acknowledgment of the Rich and Long History of Calgary’s East Village

Located in the historic East Village, Platform Parkade is a new addition to Calgary’s oldest neighbourhood. The East Village, with its proximity to Fort Calgary and the location where the Bow and Elbow River’s meet, is one of the most traditionally important gathering places for local Indigenous peoples. In 2021, we, like the rest of Canada, were shaken by the on-going discoveries of mass graves on former Residential School land. We know that Indigenous issues are our issues, and our organization will continue to listen, learn and do our part to further truth and reconciliation in a genuine and meaningful way.


Aboriginal Friendship Centre

As part of this commitment, we are so happy to have supported the Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary (AFCC) and its mandate to provide social, cultural, education and employment services to Aboriginal peoples within the Calgary Metropolitan area.

"The Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary is grateful for the support of the CPA over the last year. The kind donation assisted our team in delivering much needed basic need supplies and healthy food hampers to Calgary’s most vulnerable.”

Melissa Roy, Director of Operations,
Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary
Aboriginal Friendship Centre


from all Platform Parkade monthly customer agreements, from the opening of the parkade until the end of 2021, was donated to AFCC.


was contributed to the AFCC as part of this campaign.

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In the summer of 2021, in partnership with Fort Calgary, we took steps to learn and share more about the history of the East Village and the land that Platform Parkade is built on.


Reimagining Spaces

The Platform Parkade builds off of what is needed to succeed today while being primed to adapt as mobility needs shift in the future. The Calgary Parking Authority is proud to be part of this project and believes in working collaboratively to support the current and future parking needs of the communities we serve while contributing to the creation of vibrant community spaces.

Read more about the Platform Parkade in Avenue Magazine. Reimagining Calgary's Parkades - Avenue Calgary

Calgary Platform Parkade