Renaming James Short Park and Parkade

Council put forward a Notice of Motion in July 2020 to rename James Short Park and James Short Parkade, located on the boundary of Chinatown. The local community and the general public will be engaged in late 2021/early 2022 to develop potential recommendations for renaming the park and parkade, and to develop ideas to celebrate Chinatown’s history in the best way. Conversations with key stakeholders are currently underway to ensure the engagement is inclusive and respectful.

If you have any questions about the engagement or would like to be involved, please email

Historic Research

As part of the Notice of Motion, we’re researching James Short’s relationship with Chinatown and the history of the community. Local historian and historical consultant Harry Sanders was contracted to carry out the research. The first phase of the research has been completed and findings from the second phase, which includes interviews with community members, will be posted in November 2021 as part of the final report. After the interim draft of the research was published, one of the Chinatown Artists in Residence worked with Fung Ling Feimo to provide a historical perspective from the local community. This research is all linked to below.

James Short Historical Research (Interim Draft) – by Harry Sanders as commissioned by the City of Calgary.

Reflections on Exclusion and Other Things In the Dark – by 馬鳳齡 Fung Ling Feimo in response to the interim draft of James Short Historical Research.

Current and Historical Aerials

History of James Short Park & Parkade video - English

詹姆斯肖特公園和停車場的歷史 (視頻)

詹姆斯肖特公园和停车场的历史 (视频)

Chinatown Historical Context Paper - commissioned through the Tomorrow's Chinatown project

Image Gallery

James Short Park is located at 115 4 Ave SW, primarily along Centre Street S, between 4 and 5 Avenues. The parkade is adjacent, along 5 Avenue S.