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Supporting Partnerships for Urban Reinvestment (SPUR) Kingsland


The Supporting Partnerships for Urban Reinvestment (SPUR) project is a pilot project in the Kingsland community that has the goal of bringing The City and the community together to identify public spaces that need improvements, and then work together to make those areas better.
The project started in May 2012 when City Council approved $232,000 from the Council Innovation Fund to try a new approach to community improvements: $30,000 for engagement and $202,000 for capital improvements. In addition, the Kingsland Community Association contributed $25,800 to boost the capital improvements.

Project News

THANK YOU to the Kingsland Public Art Committee, guests and residents who organized and participated at Paint the Pavement! About 100 people attended Paint the Pavement on a warm and sunny day on September 21.

paint the pavement

 Volunteers of all ages were invited to paint a crown as part of a street mural designed by The Kingsland Public Art Committee at the intersection of 69 Avenue and 5 Street S.W. The Paint the Back Alley gates project was also done at this time. Thank you to all the volunteers for their care and effort to keep Kingsland looking good!


 Want to Paint the Pavement near St. Augustine School? The Kingsland Public Art Committee is interested in completing another Paint The Pavement in 2014. This can occur after the nearby Road Closure Beautification project is complete to avoid heavy equipment affecting the paint.

If you are a local artist that is interested in participating with the Kingsland Public Art Committee, please contact:

Colleen Philippi
Kingsland Public Art Committee

Implementing the SPUR project list


City staff, the SPUR Committee, the Kingsland Public Art Committee and Kingsland residents are implementing many of the public space improvements that Kingsland residents have  identified as a priority.
As of November 2013, most of the priority projects are completed or will likely be completed this year. Two projects will be partially completed and another two are unable to be completed as they involve private property or a change in policy.
Due to the June 2013 flood event, implementation of the SPUR projects was delayed as City staff were redeployed to help with the flood. City staff are working to implement as many of the remaining improvements as possible before the end of the year. City staff will report to Council about the SPUR project in December and will request additional time to complete any remaining project work.

See our updated project list showing the associated costs and level of completion for SPUR projects as of November 2013.

How to get involved

We are now implementing the public space improvements chosen by Kingsland community members with the Council-approved budget this project has been given. You and your family can help by dedicating volunteer time to these projects through hands-on sweat equity or by joining us for various celebrations throughout the implementation phase.

SPUR Volunteer Opportunities

You can sign up to volunteer by calling our new Community Recreation Coordinator, Catherine Gulinao at 403-476-7185 or emailing

  1. Ongoing celebrations: organizing a Kingsland party, BBQ or gathering at separate events.
  2. Stay involved and in the loop by:
  • Signing up for email updates
  • Watching this website and your community newsletter for updates

Project history

Over Over fall 2012, The City of Calgary and the Kingsland Community Association worked together to host two public open houses. On October 14, a Community barbeque was held to gather ideas for public space improvements. Approximately 75 residents attended to share their ideas. This event was followed up with an interactive online map where residents submitted their suggestions for improvement throughout the month of October. In total, 250 suggestions were received, which were then consolidated to allow for easy prioritization. 

In November 2012, a second open house was held for residents to prioritize their public space improvements while enjoying some family fun activities. Approximately 60 people attended the event. Residents were able to prioritize their improvements online through an interactive map throughout the month of November. As people selected public space improvements, the cost of the improvements would be subtracted from the $227,800 capital budget; once complete, they could submit their ideal budget. More than 130 budgets were received and informed the final project list. 

On January 19, 2013, The City of Calgary and the Kingsland Community Association hosted a winter ice skating party to celebrate the public space improvement ideas the community selected and prioritized. Approximately 85 people attended this celebration.

The final SPUR budget was presented to The Priorities and Finance Committee and approved on March 12, 2013. Take a look at the improvement priorities to see what the community identified as important improvements.

Due to the June 2013 flood event, implementation of the SPUR project list was delayed as staff were redeployed to help with the flood. City staff are working to implement as many improvements as capacity allows.

Related documents and links


Contact Information

Brandy MacInnis (Community)
Vice President
Kingsland Community Association
Catherine Gulinao (City of Calgary)
Community Recreation Coordinator
Community and Neighbourhood Services
Tel: 403-476-7185
Rachelle Dillon (City of Calgary)
Land Use Planning and Policy
Tel: 403-268-1543