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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.

Eau Claire Promenade

Eau Claire Promenade and Riverwalk form the Bow riverfront in Calgary’s centre city. They are connected to create a safe, efficient, and beautiful riverfront promenade and cycle network that integrates flood protection measures with social infrastructure.

Design on this project will be completed in December 2018.

West Eau Claire Park


The first step in redeveloping this area is the West Eau Claire Park project along the south side of the Bow River. This project includes design elements that will build flood resiliency, enhance our pathway system, and create new gathering spaces.

Flood mitigation measures include raised pedestrian and bicycle pathways, elevated terraces and high-backed benching placed in strategic areas. Pedes​trian and bike pathways will be separated to increase safety for pathway users. Construction is expected to be completed by end of 2018.

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.  


Detours for pedestrians and cyclists will be in place. 

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. The removals will begin the week of March 12.

Approximately 21 trees need to be removed in the area east of the Eau Claire Plaza to accomodate flood improvements. The removals will begin March 26.​

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 impalcted trees. For more information on trees in the city, please visit our tree information page.

Project Timeline​

Construction of phase one is complete and phase two has begun. We anticipate the project will be complete the end of 2018.

Below is a detailed timeine of the development of the West Eau Claire Master Plan.

​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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​