I am grateful to the Harvie family and Devonian Foundation who donated the Clearwater Park site to the City in 1979 in order to promote the preservation of unique habitats and recreation opportunities along the Elbow River near the western edge of The City. Just off West Glenmore Trail along the Elbow River just beyond the city's western limits at the Lott Creek turn-off is 160 acres of virtually untouched pristine land, the future location of Clearwater Legacy Park. The area on the south bank of the Elbow River, Clearwater Tipi Park, is currently only available by reservation for youth group camping, but once developed it will provide a unique green space for all Calgarians to enjoy. The City, with support from the ENMAX Legacy Parks Program, is planning to turn this area into a regional park that offers more features and is accessible to all.
This project was prompted by Alberta Transportation’s need to intrude on the Elbow Valley Constructed Wetland, south of Highway 8, which is required to build the Southwest Calgary Ring Road. A negotiation to relocate this wetland feature was established. In 2011 and 2012, The City held public engagement to help develop a vision for the park to use in negotiations with the Province. At the Standing Policy Committee of Community and Protective Services on April 6, 2016, I moved that we adopt Administration’s recommendations including design concept and establishing it as an item of urgent business at April 11, 2016 Combined Council Meeting to be accepted before the land sale with the Province closed on April 15, 2016.
Council approved the report including Clearwater Park Development and Preferred Concept Plan. This land sale was successful and will relocate the amenities of the Elbow Valley Wetland into the wetland proposed for Clearwater Park. The City is working on options to extend our regional pathway from Griffiths Woods west to Clearwater but have not finalized the alignment.
The park is likely to be redeveloped and opened in phases. Constructing a parking lot and opening the site to the public will be a top priority. The next stage of detailed design and discussions with The Province will provide a clearer path forward by the fall. A start date is anticipated for 2017-2018. The Park Concept Plan, project updates, construction plans and timelines can be viewed on calgary.ca, search for Clearwater Park development.