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Laycock Park wetland restoration project

In 2007, The City of Calgary held two open houses to consult the public and stakeholder groups on a design plan to restore wetlands and Nose Creek in the lower reaches of Laycock Park, situated directly south of 64 Ave. N in the Nose Creek Valley. Identified as the first wetland compensation site in Calgary, Parks received funding in 2011 to begin implementing the plan. Construction and restoration activities are tentatively scheduled to begin in 2016.

Parks will now return to the community to present the final design plans for the project, which were based on previous public and stakeholder consultations in 2007. The public open house will be held at Laycock Park with further details to follow.

Currently, Parks is working with the provincial and federal government to obtain the necessary regulatory approvals. Construction and restoration activities are tentatively scheduled to begin in 2016.

About the Laycock Park project

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It has been estimated that upwards of 90% of Calgary's wetlands have been lost to development, and one of the goals of this plan was to address some of the issue of wetland loss in the City. 

The objectives of the Laycock Wetland Restoration project are:

  • To restore wetlands within Laycock Park to compensate for losses of wetlands in other parts of the city,
  • To improve the quality of water running into Nose Creek, and ultimately into the Bow River,
  • To enhance the health and aesthetics of the park,
  • To be viable in the long term,
  • To integrate the wetlands in the park in such a way that they enhance the "family" character of the park and fit with the active recreation uses presently located in the Park.

Download & view the concept plan, the Public Open Houses summary and the full report.

For further information on the project, please contact us.

Project background

Nose Creek has experienced degradation to its water quality and riparian areas, as well as an increase in water flow, and The City has determined that restoring the wetlands in Laycock Park will help address some of these concerns.

Laycock park was chosen as a wetland compensation site for several reasons:

  • It is part of the Nose Creek watershed.
  • The riparian zone (green area along rivers, creeks and waterbodies) is disturbed and could be restored to a healthier state.
  • It is part of a larger, connected open space system.
  • Restoration will help address water quality concerns in Nose Creek.

The compensation project will be done in such a way that it does not impair other uses of the park, such as active recreational use.

One component of this project is the integration of public art into the overall design. The public art is based on themes related to watersheds, water and the environment. The community has helped guide the development of the public art component of this project including the selection of artist team Sans façon. Parks will also consider opportunities to provide for public education with the project. These could include opportunities for wetland education, school trips and interpretation related to water and watersheds.