Located along the Elbow River, the south west community of Elbow Park is one of Calgary's oldest communities, and is a mere 3 kilometres from downtown. Annexed in 1907, many of the area's original historic homes remain in good condition or have been extensively renovated to maintain their original character. The community offers easy access to many services and shops, including restaurants, shopping, schools, and entertainment venues. In addition, Elbow Park is near River Park, Stanley Park, and is linked in to the city's extensive trail system. The Elbow Park Community Centre provides local residents with a creative playground, two hockey rinks, a recreational rink, baseball diamond, basketball courts, and tennis courts. The Centre is well known for its extensive hockey program, and is home to the Elbow Park Minor Hockey Association.