June 26, 2014
Re: Bowness Park Opening
It is with much sadness and disappointment that I must inform you that Bowness Park will not re-open this summer as originally planned. The new estimated opening in December, 2014.
The extent of the flood damage, poor spring weather, a shortage of workers, and a high demand for contractors for other flood resiliency projects all contributed to the delay. Furthermore, the newly seeded areas have yet to green due to the cold climate, and therefore cannot sustain park goers. I support Park’s judgment to not prematurely open the park, as it would be counterproductive and harm the park.
On a more positive note, when the park is fully open to the public, it will be more resilient in the case of a future flood. The park is designed to better handle an influx of water and therefore, recover faster from it. For example, the new teahouse will have a solid seal cement built up, which will allow water to flow through it, with the electrical system located in the attic. In some parts of the park, the topography will be raised to allow for flow-through. The park's eastern half is scheduled to re-open late this year or early 2015.
I believe the right thing to do is to complete the work correctly, the first time. I respect Park’s decision to allow the park to rejuvenate. Skating with my family during the holidays is one of our favourite winter traditions. I look forward to celebrating Bowness Park’s re-opening with a big party this winter, to mark the rebirth of one of Calgary’s most beloved gems.
Details on the reopening will be posted on calgary.ca/parks when available. For more information and pictures, visit the full blog on the Bowness Park Update.
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