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Eau Claire Public Realm Plan

The revitalization of Eau Claire will create a lively and vibrant gathering space for people to dine, shop, wander, reflect and to explore. The City is investing in this area to create a landmark area where Calgarians can proudly participate in a desirable, active, and lively cultural destination. We are working on improving flood resilience, green spaces, transportation systems and other infrastructure.

The draft Eau Claire Public Realm Plan provides a comprehensive vision for the future of the Eau Claire Public Realm. It highlights key considerations, programs and elements that will allow future projects to capitalize on the many opportunities that exist in the area and that will accompany forthcoming projects such as the Green Line and the redevelopment of Eau Claire Market.

What’s happening in Eau Claire?

A place to gather

Eau Claire is where Calgary meets the Bow River. The City of Calgary is redeveloping this meeting place and creating a new West Eau Claire Park and Eau Claire Promenade. This space is the heart of the city, where culture and nature intermingle. The Park and Promenade connect to create a safe, efficient and beautiful riverfront park space, promenade and cycle network. 

This is still an active construction area so please watch out for construction activity in the area​. Access from 6th Street will be temporarily closed for construction, please watch for detours.

The new promenade east of the Peace Bridge connecting to Eau Claire Market is now open to the public. This promenade creates an inviting pedestrian connection along the Bow River with new spaces for seating and provides enhanced safety by separating cyclists and pedestrian users.

Work continues at the terminus of the Peace Bridge, which will be the new Delta Garden​.

The entire park is part of the active construction area so please exercise caution when using the area and be sure to refer to the map under Construction Impacts for detours and other closure information.

West Eau Claire Park construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. Design of the Eau Claire Promenade will be completed in December 2018.

A place to reflect

West Eau Claire Park and Eau Claire Promenade are integral parts of flood protection for Downtown Calgary. Flood protection works harmoniously with the Park and Promenade design and is integrated right into public spaces.
These flood protection efforts result in:

  • Increased resilience for critical services, public infrastructure and civic services
  • Reduced business and economic interruption
  • Improved public space adjacent to the Bow River
  • Integrated flood protection measures as part of Eau Claire construction projects
  • Increased resiliency for residential and commercial properties and future infrastructure projects

On May 1, 2018 the Government of Alberta announced that funding through the Alberta Community Resilience Program (ACRP) would be provided to construct a new flood barrier along the right bank of the Bow River and extending from Eau Claire Plaza to Reconciliation Bridge. This fold barrier will extend flood protection provided by the West Eau Claire Park flood barrier.

Learn more about the City’s Flood Resiliency and Mitigation Plan.

A place to connect

The new Park and Promenade make it easier for Calgarians to walk and cycle, with designatied pedestrian and bicycle paths. They are designed to be active and multi-modal; part of a continuous, safe and accessible riverfront. These spaces are designed to encourage year-round healthy, active lifestyles.

A place to explore

An integral component of West Eau Claire Park is the Delta Garden – an architectural delta to move people from the Peace Bridge through the Park. The Gardens offer an opportunity to use public art to consider the disconnect between the regimented process of dividing landscapes, the land’s natural divisions and the power of people’s perceptions to transform any given place.

Local artists, Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett, have created a piece of art that embeds 12,000 brass survey monuments in the sidewalk of the Delta Gardens, intended to glitter like light across water.

Inspired by Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities”, the Delta Garden explores the notion that a city differs through the eyes of different people. Each survey monument features Calgarians’ answers to the questions “Where are you going?” and where do you want to be?”.

To learn more about the artists and their artwork, please visit

Construction Impacts

Construction for Phase 2 of West Eau Claire Park is underway. You may have noticed construction fencing going up as we prepare for the next phase of the West Eau Claire Park. As a result there will be pathway closure in this area starting April 16, please utilize the proposed detours.

The area between the heli-pad and the LRT bridge will be closed to the public from March 2018 until fall 2018 to allow for installation of separated bike and pedestrian pathways and other improvements.  

The 6 Street S.W. entrance to Prince’s Island Park will be closed to all vehicle traffic from July 4 to July 18, 2018 due to preparations needed for paver installation. This entrance will re-open for Calgary Folk Festival and close one final time from August 3 to 18, 2018 for final construction related activities. 

Please note pathway detours for pedestrians and cyclists during this time and use caution on roadways and shared pathways.​

There will continue to be noise from construction equipment and green area closures while we redevelop this space.

Tree Impacts

While we make every effort to avoid impacts to trees, some removals are needed to allow the work to take place. 

In 2018:

Approximately 31 trees need to be removed to facilitate work in the area between the heli-pad and the LRT bridge. These trees will be used for naturalized playgrounds, fish habitat restoration and mulch.

Approximately 21 trees need to be removed in the area east of the Eau Claire Plaza to accommodate flood improvements.

We have developed a tree compensation plan that will replant two trees for every tree lost in order to replace lost tree canopy.  Replacement trees will be planted in the closest suitable location to replace the impacted trees. For more information on trees in the city, please visit our tree information page.

Project Timeline​

West Eau Claire Park construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. Design of the Eau Claire Promenade will be completed in December 2018.

West Eau
Claire Master Plan

The West Eau Claire Master Plan provides a high level vision for the area’s public space. It provides guidance for the first two phases of construction that are currently underway for West Eau Claire Park and the Eau Claire Promenade. The process taken to develop the West Eau Claire Master Plan is highlighted below.

​Date ​Purpose ​Outcomes
​August 13, 2014 ​Walking tour results​
August 20, 2014 ​Stakeholder meeting (internal) ​internal
August 20, 201​4 ​Stakeholder meeting​ (external) external
​​​August – October, 2014 ​Online survey, mapping tool and sounding board ​​​​results
October 1, 2014 ​​Stakeholder meeting (internal) ​internal
​​October 1, 2014 ​Stakeholder meeting (external) ​​external
​​​October 28, 2014 ​Public Open house – review of concept plans developed and all feedback to date ​results panels
​​December 10, 2014 ​​Public Open house – review of draft design plans panels​

The City considered all input received during the 2014 engagement to make informed decisions, and balance opposing views when creating the final design for the area. The draft plan was presented back to citizens to ensure it was consistent with what we heard through our engagement process.

View the final report​

For more information about this project, please contact 311.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​