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Century Gardens park redevelopment

Century Gardens perspective
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 over 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.

Construction for development of this park is set to begin in September and expected to be complete by mid-2018. Fencing has been put in place and the construction area will remain closed until the project is complete – visible construction activities are anticipated to begin in November.

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.

Construction impacts

The park will be closed to the public during construction for safety reasons. Although we are trying to minimize disruption to the area outside the park, we expect the following closures:

  • The 8 Street sidewalk alongside the park.
  • The 8 Avenue sidewalk alongside the park.
  • Single lane closures along 8 Street and 8 Avenue as required.

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 incorporates 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.

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 available.