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Bowness Park Redevelopment Project

Artist rendering of the new tea house in Bowness Park
Bowness Park Tea House - Artist Rendering

Bowness Park partially reopened on November 10, 2014 after being closed since 2012 for redevelopment to enhance park visitors’ experience and the park’s environmental health.

The entire west side of the park, including the parking lot, picnic areas, and new central square, Tea House and Boat House has reopened to the public. The east end of the park will remain closed until summer 2016. The mini-train and spray park will be complete for summer 2016.

The Tea House is scheduled to open fall 2015 with Seasons of Bowness as the tenant. View their Facebook page for updates.

Winter skate rentals and summer boat rentals are available from the Boat House. View the Bowness Park page for Boat House hours.

Project updates are posted on signage in the park.

Redevelopment Highlights

  • Restoration of the river edge to stabilize the eroding bank and provide safe access to the river during low water levels.
  • Reallocated parking to one central location at the centre of the park. This new design will improve traffic flow and encourage a pedestrian/cycling-friendly park experience.
  • New water control structures at the lagoon will control water flow and level for more efficient water management.
  • Construction of a new parking lot at the west end of Baker Park. The objective in constructing this new lot is to encourage rafters to use the existing boat launch infrastructure at Baker Park, which will substantially reduce environmental damage from launching water crafts directly from the riverbank at Bowness Pa
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  • New park entrance bridge; the current bridge is nearing the end of its life-cycle. The new bridge will be raised to better manage the lagoon’s water level.
  • Interpretative signage and historic elements to celebrate the rich history of this 100 year old park.

About the project

Since 2012, Bowness Park has undergone changes to support an increased number of park visitors over the years, enhance park visitors’ experience, boost the park’s environmental health and complete much needed life-cycle upgrades/replacements.

The new park design is based on public and stakeholder input, and was approved by council in 2009. View the design development plan or overview information sheet on the project.

Redevelopment began in March 2012 and is brought to you by the community investment fund. Created by City Council on July 25, 2011, the fund is investing $252 million into tangible and useful community improvements on things like libraries, recreation centres, swimming pools, arenas, athletic fields, playgrounds, emergency services and parks.​