Located at 223 – 12th Ave SW, in the heart of Calgary’s Beltline, CommunityWise maintains a beautiful venue that provides offices, meeting rooms, activity spaces, and both indoor and outdoor common spaces for over 80 member organizations. United by the concept of “co-location” (together in the same space), we believe that when diverse, multi-sector groups co-exist in the same location, the result is more than the sum of its parts. The centre is democratically managed with a tenant board of directors, and a small staff collective. The CommunityWise office is open from Monday to Friday for access to member organizations, public resources and events. Members have access to the building for their events, meetings and programs seven days a week, from 6am to midnight.
CommunityWise strives to ensure that the facility is as accessible as possible. That said, we have not yet ugraded the heritage building to inculude many neccesary features. The main floor (including our main kitchen, common room, bathroom) reamins the only wheelshair acceccible floor and we have an outdoor ramp to reach the front entrance. Members needing accessible main floor event/program space are given special consideration. CommunityWise has had an accessibility audit done in 2014 and is incorporating recomondations into the building's restoration plan.
Getting here: TRANSPORTATION
BUS – The #419 stops on 12th Ave right in front of our neighbours the Beltliner Diner. There is also a bus stop on 1st Street SW and 12th Avenue the #7 and #419. The C-train and many bus routes arrive on 1st ave and 7th street SW which is a 4 block walk to CommunityWise.
BIKE – 12th Ave is a part of the Calgary Cycle Track Network offering safer bike rout access to our centre. We have many metal bike parking rails on the sidewalk and next tot he driveway in front of the building. If you need more secure parking for your bike during business hours you can ask admin staff to help find a spot in the back yard.
PARKING – Parking downtown can be a challenge. There is paid street parking on 12th Avenue and on nearby streets (no parking on 12th Ave. during rush hour 7:00-8:30 and 15:30-18:00) Street parking is free after 6 pm Monday – Saturday and free all day on Sundays. There is also an accessibility parking spot located directly in front of our building.