This week’s ward profile brings us to Northwest Calgary’s Ward 1 and Alderman Dale Hodges.
Ward 1 is a large ward in Northwest Calgary, bordered to the east by Crowchild Trail and extending all the way to the city limits in the west. Ward 1 is home to amenities such as Canada Olympic Park, the University of Calgary, Market Mall and Bowness Park.
Ward 1 contains the communities of Bowness, Canada Olympic Park, Cougar Ridge, Crestmont, Greenwood Village/Green Briar, Montgomery, Rocky Ridge, Scenic Acres, Silver Springs, Tuscay, University of Calgary, University Heights, Valley Ridge and Varsity.
The Alderman | Dale Hodges
A long-term alderman, Dale Hodges’ professional history can be summed up in the same breath as City Council’s history, as he has been serving Ward 1 as alderman since 1983. With his tenth term underway and nearly 30 years as alderman under his belt, Dale brings decades more experience to the table than any other member of council. Dale keeps his personal life quiet, though he is often touted as a pillar of his community.
As alderman, Dale has been largely focused on the construction of the Northwest Rec Centre, the extension of the Northwest LRT to Rocky Ridge, and the recent $10.5M redevelopment project in Bowness Park.
Dale currently serves on:
Standing Policy Committee on Planning & Urban Development
Vice Chair – Standing Policy Committee on Transit & Transportation
Vice Chair – Gas, Power and Telecommunications Committee
Chair – Land & Asset Strategy
Corporate Pension Governance Committee
Calgary Parking Authority
Subdivision and Development Appeal Board
Inter-Municipal Committee (IMC), Foothills
Legacy Parks Fund
Ward 1 Details
Ward 1 is one of the slowest growing wards in Calgary, though it has the third largest population in the city. The ward’s three largest communities – Bowness, Tuscany and Varsity – account for nearly 50% of Ward 1’s population.
Employment in Ward 1 is slightly below average, likely due to the large senior population as well as the student population of the University of Calgary. Ward 1 also has the 2nd largest population that works from home, and a large population that takes transit – not surprising considering the Northwest LRT runs along Ward 1’s border.
On the housing front, Ward 1 has by far the largest population living in communal housing, and the 2nd largest population living in multi-family developments. Home ownership is slightly above average and vacancy rates are slightly below average.
Explore more Ward 1 Demographics here.
As new census data is published over the coming months, check back at VoteCalgary.ca to keep up to date.
Stay tuned next week to find out what’s happening in Ward 1.