Chaparral, Calgary is a neighborhood in the southeast sector of the city thatís well known for the 32-acre man-made lake that forms its centerpiece. In
addition to Lake Chaparral, the community boasts a 21-acre park that features two waterfalls, a recreation centre with a full-time director, and boating,
fishing, skating, and diving facilities. Chaparral has a population of a little over 8,000 people. Itís a relatively well-off neighborhood with a median
income of approximately $79,761. Chaparral is bounded by Marquis de Lorne Trail to the north, Bow River Valley to the east, 194th Avenue to the south,
and Macleod Trail to the west.
Chaparral is a somewhat new community, as it was just established in 1995. It was named for its Mediterranean-like climate. The convenience of living
in Chaparral is expected to increase because the south LRT is going to be extended and new office buildings will be built closer to the community, hence
minimizing commute times for many residents. There are also plenty of pathways within Chaparral, so itís a pedestrian-friendly area.
The majority of people who live in Chaparral own their homes; only 2.4% of the population is made up of renters. The homes in Chaparral range in price
from the mid-$300,000ís up to $2,000,000 for a lavish, lakeside property. There are actually three communities within Chaparral, and they are Lake
Chaparral, Chaparral Ridge, and Chaparral Valley. Itís important to note that residents of Chaparral Ridge and Chaparral Valley do not have access to
the lake and its facilities.
Chaparral, Calgary is a popular neighborhood among avid shoppers because it is located close to several big box stores, Southcentre Mall, and the
stores that line Shawnessy and Macleod Trail. Southcentre Mall is features a diversity of shops, including the Rocky Mountain Soap Company, Coach,
Bose, Crate and Barrel, and Cassis.
Chaparral, Calgary is a haven for people who lead an active lifestyle because of the wide range of recreational opportunities it offers. Divers flock to the
Lake Chaparral community because the lake features an underwater obstacle course and 72-inch diameter concrete pipes. Other popular activities in
Lake Chaparral include fishing, boating, and swimming. Homeowners who pay the Residentís Association a fee also have access to a 21-acre recreation
park, which boasts two crystal-clear waterfalls and a recreation centre.
In addition to a Residentís Association, Chaparral has a Community Association. The Residentís Association organizes social and recreational activities
and maintains community facilities and amenities, while the Community Association manages and maintains the lake and ďmarketingĒ amenities that
the city is not responsible for maintaining, such as ornamental parks and neighborhood entrance signs. Residents of Lake Chaparral, Chaparral Ridge,
and Chaparral Valley can all become members of the Chaparral Community Association, but the Chaparral Residentís Association is only open to
homeowners whose properties were designated as having optional lake privileges when they were built.