About the project:
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.
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.