Laycock Park is undergoing exciting change.
Planning and design work for Laycock Park improvements is well underway, with construction scheduled to begin in 2017. This work includes:
- Widening and resurfacing of the regional pathway, with a small portion slightly realigned to allow buffer space for Nose Creek, minimizing disruption to this sensitive natural area.
- New landscaping with natural vegetation to be planted along Nose Creek, helping to reduce erosion and keep the creek healthy.
- Installation of a new playground designed for toddlers and young children will be built beside the existing playground.
- Installation of a new basketball hoop and playing surface.
- Replacement of the existing bridge across Nose Creek with a new bridge.
- Sanitary sewer and stormwater outfall work will resume.
As members of the design team, artist team Sans façon are contributing a creative perspective to the overall project. The current condition of the creek, its history, the impact of urbanization, and the opportunities for increased stewardship of the creek and its watershed will be brought into public focus through this progressive collaboration between artists, engineers and architects.
In 2007-2008, a concept plan was created based on public and stakeholder feedback, however after extensive feasibility testing, it was determined that the concept is not feasible. Unforeseen site conditions caused by previous land uses at this site left subsurface conditions which would significantly increase the costs of earth moving required for the creek and wetland restoration. As a result, the decision was made to exclude the wetland restoration and Nose Creek realignment from the improvements.
Public Engagement and Background
In 2007, The City of Calgary held two open houses to consult the public and stakeholder groups on a design plan to restore local wetlands and Nose Creek in Laycock Park, situated directly south of 64 Ave. N in the Nose Creek Valley. In 2011, Parks received funding to explore the feasibility of designing and restoring these wetlands which over time disappeared from the area. Additional park improvements were also included in the scope of work.
The Public Open Houses summary and thefull report from the public engagement are available.