Rocky Ridge and Royal Oak are located in Calgary’s extreme northwest. The area was annexed from the Municipal District of Rockyview in 1989. The community landscape preserves the wetlands, woods and a ridge that overlooks the Rocky Mountains. Environmentally sensitive wet ponds have been placed among houses and pathways. The Royal Oak ravine has been preserved and some of the wetlands have been concerted to stormwater facilities. There is also plenty of green space, an environmental reserve and a pathway system winds through the community and connects with the city’s pathway network.
The community also targets the needs of local families by providing tot lots and parks. The lack of a building has not prevented the association from being extremely active in the community. Outdoor sports and dance classes are also offered. The community association also acts as an advocate for residents. Its effectiveness is demonstrated by the fact that Rocky Ridge and Royal Oak got bus service even before older neighbouring communities received theirs. To finance these programs and endeavors, the community has regular fundraising casinos.