One of the most enjoyable walks in Calgary is along the Crescent Road Promenade where Calgarians can enjoy vistas of our downtown, the Bow River and, on clear days, the Rocky Mountains.
Several years ago, in consultation with area communities, a ground limestone material was installed on the surfaces of the Crescent Road Promenade and the trails on 7a Street NW and Samis Road NE. After recent damage from severe weather events, and challenges with maintaining the surfaces in winter, the trails are in need of repair or replacement.
The City of Calgary’s Parks department held an in-person engagement session with residents of Crescent Heights, Rosedale, and Hillhurst-Sunnyside, to discuss possible surface materials for the trails. An online feedback form was also available for residents to provide feedback. The two options presented for the Crescent Road Promenade were:
Option 1: Repair and refill ground limestone trail to pre-snow and ice control pilot project conditions. Snow or ice control will not be performed on the trail during winter months.
Option 2: Remove remaining ground limestone from the trail. Pave the promenade with asphalt to create a smooth, hard surface. Snow and ice control will be performed during winter months.
In addition to these options, residents were informed that the 7a Street NW and Samis Road NE trails would be converted from ground limestone to a more durable “trail mix” gravel surface.
On the options for the Crescent Road Promenade, 61% of respondents preferred Option 1. The key themes that emerged were desires to maintain a more natural environment, reduce conflicts between different types of trail users, and preserve the trail as an off-leash zone. As such, the City’s Parks department will be pursuing the option of repairing the ground limestone and ceasing winter maintenance on the trail.
You can read the full What-We-Heard report here.
Next Steps – Crescent Road Promenade
Work is scheduled to begin on October 19th, with the intent of being completed before winter weather conditions begin. During the engagement, citizens also raised concerns that the sidewalk along City land adjacent to the Crescent Road Promenade is not regularly snow cleared. The City has made arrangements to have it cleared quickly after snowfall to ensure there is a clear paved option nearby.
Next Steps – 7a Street NW and Samis Road NE Trails
Work on the Samis Road trail will begin once the work on the Crescent Road Promenade is complete. Work on the 7a Street trail will begin later this month.
If you have any questions please contact our office.