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Bowmont Natural Environment Park Project

About the project:

Photo Gallery - Unclassified

  • The Bowmont Natural Environment Park Project as seen from the bluff to the North of the project site
  • Concrete pipe to the source wall
  • The halo drain, box culvert and slender cascade are all taking shape
  • The form for the mirror pool has been constructed, work in the area continues
  • East Bowmont Park - Plan
  • Halo Drain Box Culvert Connector
  • Box Culvert Connector (bottom of Nautilus Pond)
  • Concrete pipe from Energy Dissipation Vault
  • Concrete pipe from Energy Dissipation Vault to source walls
  • Beginning of the source walls
  • Halo Drain (center of Nautilus pond)
  • Cell 8 Control Structure
  • Styrofoam formwork for the halo
  • Slender cascade concrete work
  • Source wall form work

The City of Calgary's acquisition of the former Klippert gravel pit presented an outstanding opportunity to restore the ecological integrity of the area, while at the same time enhancing the recreational and educational value of the east side of Bowmont Park.

The redevelopment of the Bowmont Natural Environment Park will include stormwater wetlands, wildlife habitat, trails for cycling and walking, and lookout points across the scenic river valley. Participating as members of the infrastructure design team, the lead artists on The City's innovative Watershed+ program have been contributing to the project design, working alongside the engineers and consultants to create an engaging space for Calgarians to renew their relationship with the Bow River watershed.

Phase one

The park's location in the floodplain offers a rare opportunity to protect the Bow River by incorporating green stormwater treatment as a functional element of the park. The stormwater elements will also provide a major park amenity that contributes to visitors' experience in the park.

Work began in November 2015 and is expected to be complete in winter 2017.

Project Updates

Update - November 2, 2016

  • The regional pathways adjacent to the Bow River within Bowmont Park at 53 St. NW will be closed from September 6 until mid-November for bridge construction within the park site.
  • Trails will be accessible during the work. Until the work is completed, please use the detour route provided.

Update - June 6, 2016

  • The Halo Drain is progressing, and has been connected to the box culvert.
  • The slender cascade is nearing completion.
  • The mirror pool structure has been constructed, work continues on the surrounding mirror pool area.
  • Trucks will begin hauling excess material away from the project site beginning the week of June 6 and are anticipated to continue until the end of the next week (June 18).
  • The trucks will haul from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. during weekdays and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays
  • During these hauling periods approximately 80-90 trucks a day will be travelling into and out of the project site via Home Road towards 16 Avenue

Update - May 4, 2016

  • The contractor has installed the cell 8 control structure
  • The Styrofoam formwork for the halo drain has been completed
  • Form work for the source wall has been completed
  • Form work for the slender cascade has been completed

Update - March 28, 2016

  • The contractor is constructing several of the large concrete structures which will become part of the stormwater quality system. The halo drain, slender cascade, underground pipe and mirror pool weir are all partially constructed - these are all pieces of the Nautilus Pond found in the northwest corner of the park.
  • We will be hauling excess material off site for the next few weeks. Please watch out for truck traffic on Home Road and obey the flagger at Home Road and 32nd Ave.
  • As there is a large amount of activity on site, we would ask the public to please respect the construction fencing and stay out of the active construction site. This includes the access road off of home road and the area by the Nautilus Pond. The regional pathway can be accessed via the parking lot on 52nd Street NW beside the Maranatha Church.

To see current and past project construction notices please click on the links below:

Project Background

Stormwater Management in the Park

Open houses were held between 2012-2014. You can view survey results and the a summary of stakeholder engagement here.

Design development work to integrate the former Klippert gravel pit into the park is expected to start this spring. Park visitors are reminded to respect the area as a construction zone, and all closures along the pathways, trails and within the park.