Spring in Calgary parks
Spring is an exciting time of year when many of us begin spending more time outdoors as we look forward to longer days and warmer nights. We are fortunate in Ward 6 to have access to several natural areas as well as landscaped park spaces, off-leash dog areas, playgrounds and pathways. Ward 6 is home to Griffith Woods, the Strathcona Ravines, Optimist Athletic Park and Battalion Park, with close access to Edworthy Park, Weaselhead Natural Area and North Glenmore Park as well.
These areas provide important opportunities for recreation, leisure and social gathering. Keeping these spaces safe, clean and enjoyable is dependent on all of us doing our part, whether it is our Parks crews maintaining the site or park users remembering to pick up after our pets, stay on trails and report disturbances through 311. Thank you to Ward 6 residents for doing your part!
Your Ward 6 team is also doing our part to promote and protect our parks through our efforts to upgrade Battalion Park and to make safety improvements to Griffith Woods.
Battalion Park upgrades
We are working with a group of local volunteers to make important upgrades to Battalion Park over the next few years with an aim to modernize the educational components of the park, create a suitable gathering space for future Remembrance Day ceremonies and other community events, and provide safe and convenient access for the surrounding community. This project is very much in the conceptual stage and will involve significant stakeholder engagement as the project evolves.
We are very excited about this initiative and we hope that you are too. As we progress through the conceptual phase, we will be sure to keep you informed and engaged through our website, community newsletter contributions and W6 Report. As always, you are also welcome to phone or email your Community Assistant, Sara, with any questions, concerns or suggestions.
Calgary Greenway Project
The Calgary Parks Foundation, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Calgary, has entered the Conceptual Phase for the next portion (Phase III) of the Calgary Greenway legacy project. The Greenway is planned to be a pathway system that is comprised of a ring of pathways around the city, encompassed by a variety of parks, each with a unique character.
Currently, there are two completed portions of the pathway system – Fish Creek Park and the East Calgary Greenway which runs from 17 Avenue SE to Airport Trail NE, which constituted Phase I. Fish Creek Park existed long before plans to create the Greenway but forms an important connection. The next portions to be completed run from Fish Creek Park, through Ralph Klein Park, eventually connecting with the completed portion at 17 Avenue SE. These portions constitute Phase II.
Phase III encompasses a large portion of the project and includes connections through the Ward 6 Community. You can see the current conception on this map. We recently met with Parks Foundation staff as well as the landscape architecture company hired to conceptualize the pathway system. The project team has committed to working closely with Community Associations in the nearby area and to engage appropriate stakeholders as the project and plans progress. We will be working very closely with the Parks Foundation and their project team to ensure, in particular as a connection is envisioned through Battalion Park.
This project is exciting for your Ward 6 team as it will complement the hard ork that our team of volunteers continues to undertake on the Battalion Park site. We look forward to working closely with the Parks Foundation and the Ward 6 community.
Safety in Griffith Woods
Over the past year, we have been working closely with the Discovery Ridge Community Association, the Calgary Police Service, the Calgary Fire Department, Bylaw Services and Calgary Parks to address ongoing safety concerns in Griffith Woods. Residents of Discovery Ridge have been instrumental in bringing safety hazards and concerns to the attention of our office and have helped our CPS colleagues measure and understand the concerns by reporting activities to the CPS non-emergency line.
We would like to encourage Discovery Ridge residents and other users of this beautiful park space to continue to make these reports – the more data CPS is able to gather, the better they are able to establish patterns in activity, which is vital as they develop effective strategies to improve safety. If you see similar activities taking place regularly it is important to report the activities every single time in order to help CPS establish a pattern.
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