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Press Release

June 8, 2021

University District Welcomes Summer Pop-Up Experiences and New Retailers

This summer, University District is pleased to announce a series of outdoor pop-up experiences for Calgarians to enjoy throughout the season, as well as new retailers who have joined the retail main street, including two openings this week: Monogram Coffee and YYC Cycle.

Village Ice Cream Pop-up

Visitors to the University District Discovery Centre can enjoy an early taste of Village Ice Cream this summer on a weekly basis. Every Thursday, through to September 9, 2021, the Discovery Centre will host a pop-up experience from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Stop by for a complimentary Little Villager single serving of Village Ice Cream.

Donations from this pop-up go to support local charity I Can For Kids, helping feed children and youth impacted by hunger all year long.Village Ice Cream will be opening a permanent location on University Avenue NW in 2022.

Mural Pop-Up Project

The University District Mural Pop-up Project will enhance the vibrancy and liveliness of University District, working in collaboration with local artists. Visitors to the community will have the opportunity to pick up a brush and make their mark on a hands-on piece of artwork outside of the future ALT Hotel. The University District Discovery Centre will be home to featured chalk walls throughout the summer.

Stay tuned for our first murals to appear later this summer.

Zumba in the Park

As health restrictions continue to lift, Zumba in the Park will be held on Saturday mornings at the North Pond Amphitheatre, with certified fitness instructor Monica Lopez. Class sizes will be determined based on current health protocols, and class registration can be booked directly through @monicalopezfitness. Participation will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Support Local and Shop University Avenue NW

University District has been pleased to welcome many new shops, food outlets and services along its retail main street along University Avenue.

The following retailers are open for business:

  • BarBurrito
  • Clever Daycare
  • Curious Hair Skin Body
  • Denim & Smith Barbershops
  • Five Guys
  • Freshii
  • Market Wines
  • Pet Planet
  • Save-On-Foods
  • Scotiabank
  • Sesame
  • UD Dental

Retailers coming soon include:

  • Monogram (June 9, 2021)
  • YYC Cycle (June 10, 2021)
  • Osmows (Summer 2021)
  • OEB Breakfast Co. (Fall 2021)
  • Orangetheory Fitness (Fall 2021)
  • Cineplex VIP Cinemas (Nov 2021)
  • The Alley (December 2021)
  • Village Ice Cream (Winter 2022)
  • Canadian Brewhouse (Winter 2022)
  • Banquet (Winter 2022)
  • Staples (Spring 2022)
  • Plant Life (Spring 2022)
  • Cobs (Spring 2022)
  • Staples (Summer 2022)

Welcome E-Scooters!

University District will be home to Bird e-scooters this summer, making access to, from and within our community even easier.

University District is focused on creating a connected and complete community by promoting social and environmental responsibility, a healthy lifestyle, open parks and unique spaces for the residents and the wider community to connect. Visit for more information, or sign up for the newsletter to be notified about exciting announcements, updates and events.

About University of Calgary Properties Group

University of Calgary Properties Group Ltd. (UCPG) was created by the University of Calgary to oversee the development and management of university land projects. With a financial model that provides an innovative approach to land development, residual profits from UCPG are directed back to the University to fuel its academic mission. Setting a high standard for sustainable and progressive neighbourhood design, UCPG’s team and 14-member board of directors are dedicated to creating, developing and managing premier communities. With the masterplan for University District underway and portfolio diversification with University Innovation Quarter, UCPG is delivering on creating amazing places for people to thrive.

About University District

To the west of the University of Calgary and overlooking the Bow River and Rocky Mountains, University District is a comprehensive 200-acre community with a bold new vision for urban life in Calgary. Through a collaborative, people-first design process, the master planning and thorough engagement program forged strong respect between local stakeholders and the Trust. The neighbourhood applies the best ideas in city design and incorporates the wants and needs of surrounding legacy communities – weaving current aesthetic, technology and lifestyle options into the strong social fabric of the city. For more information about University District, visit its Discovery Centre at 4410 University Ave. N.W., Calgary (just north of the Alberta Children’s Hospital) or go online: and visit Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, #UDLife.

Media Relations Contacts:

Maureen Henderson
Vice President, Community Experience
University of Calgary Properties Group
(403) 992-8388

Paula Worthington
Worthington PR & Story
(403) 585-2429