Calgary’s population is not only blossoming because of all those immigrants coming into the city to get jobs, it is also experiencing a booming birth rate. If things continue as they are, Alberta Health Services is expecting 18,000 births by the end of 2011. That would break the previous record that was set in 2007. During that year, according to Heart 2 Heart’s spokesperson Rebecca Eras there was somewhere between 15,000 and 17,000 babies born in the city.
Throughout Alberta, the best guess is that 50,000 babies will be born by the end of 2011. Forty percent are expected to be in the Calgary region. Alderman Shane Keating, from the 12th Ward, notes that city officials have been preparing for the record number of births. There were indications, as far back as a couple of years ago, that Calgary was going to be growing rapidly.
Keating believes that the city needs to put up some new recreation centre to handle all those new children, as well as their parents. He has proposals for four in the works, at Great Plains, Quarry Park, Seton and an undecided location in the northwest. Keating notes that if the centres don’t go up now, it will be some time before all those kids have some place to go.
The recreation centres are only the beginning. Parents around the city have voiced opinions about also adding more parks, and more free things to do in the city. Some parents, particularly those in the northwest, are finding they have to travel quite a ways to find some open park space.