The community of Marda Loop is located in the southwest quadrant of the city and consists of the neighbourhoods of Marda Loop, Garrison Woods, Altadore, Riverpark, and South Calgary. The South Calgary area was annexed by the city in 1907 but remained undeveloped until the early 1950s. The area offers picturesque views of both the city and the mountains. The South Calgary area also contains a variety of styles of housing, reflective of it’s 50 year development. In addition, the Marda Loop area has served as a business revitalization area, enhancing the commercial areas of the community. South Calgary contains both a public school, which offers Mandarin/English bilingual education.
The Marda Loop Community Association has a variety of resources available for residents. The community’s outdoor pool, tennis courts and two skating rinks (which become beach volleyball courts in the summer) offer recreational opportunities to residents. Various sports teams and a play group also operate through the community association. The Community Centre is also used by a variety of outside groups, ranging from catering groups who make use of the centre’s commercial kitchen, to organizations such as the miniatures club, orchid society and doll enthusiasts. The community association also makes an effort to address issues of concern to residents, and is currently developing a traffic committee to address traffic concerns facing the rapidly developing area.