Preferred concept for Century Gardens
Century Gardens is a recognized historic resource and was originally developed in 1975 to celebrate Calgary’s Centennial, and the landscape is an abstraction of the nearby Rocky Mountains and Foothills. At 40 years old, the park’s mechanical and electrical equipment, and some above ground features are reaching the end of their lifecycle. These lifecycle upgrades have given Parks an opportunity to explore the park further and to create a redevelopment plan for its overall use. Lifecycle and site preparation work will occur in 2016.
In March 2016, Council approved the new park design for Century Gardens that was created with input from stakeholders and the public. Construction timelines for the redevelopment are not yet confirmed; timelines will be posted when they are finalized.
In cooperation with the adjacent land owner, a privately-owned green space in the northwest corner is now temporarily available to the public for passive recreational enjoyment. This space is maintained by Calgary Parks and is available to book for group or special events using The City’s booking process.
Thank you to everyone who completed the online survey providing feedback on the draft concept for the redevelopment of Century Gardens. The survey was available from September 3 – October 15, 2014. Survey results and a summary report are now available. Please check back for updates as work progresses.
Developing the concept
Parks worked with stakeholders and a consultant team (Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg and Carson • McCulloch Associates Ltd.) to develop a concept for the park’s redevelopment. Initial feedback from park users and key stakeholders was gathered using a Park Use Assessment (survey). Through the survey, The City was able to observe how, when and why people used the park, as well as what perceptions and preferences citizens had concerning park features and opportunities. From there, four different concepts were presented to key stakeholders for their input. From the feedback collected, a preferred concept was created that incorporate elements and features from each of the original four. This preferred concept focuses on creating a space for Calgarians to use any time of day, any day of the week and any season. The design invites people to use the park during lunchtime, for unstructured and informal activities, and as a corridor link between the beltline area into the downtown core.