Animal translators, automatic snow removal on slides, and robot vending machines. When asked what they want to
see in Calgary’s parks, children suggested these visionary improvements. While these changes might not be coming to your neighbourhood green space anytime soon, Calgary does have a new strategy for building and maintaining our city’s wonderful parks.
Public parks and pathways are more than mere amenities - they are essential in enhancing the lives of all Calgarians. They provide us with recreation, transportation, inspiration, and a much-needed respite from our growing city’s bustle and hum. While Calgarians of all backgrounds enjoy our beautiful parks, those who are financially or physically unable to escape to the countryside benefit greatly from these splendid public spaces.
At the end of March, City Council voted to adopt imagineParks, a 30-year vision that sets the direction for the development and management of public parks in Calgary. The policy ensures that we build and manage our parks for the well-being of Calgarians, today and in the future.
97% of Calgarians state that parks and open spaces are important City programs, and 95% of Calgarians feel satisfied with our facilities. To ensure that we deliver upon these high-expectations and adequately prepare for the future, the imagineParks vision lays out a solid foundation for the next generation
imagineParks is built upon four guiding principles that promote the effective construction and operation of parks:
1. People are the priority. Let’s build parks that are accessible to every Calgarian, regardless of age, ability, gender, and culture.
2. Parks conserve our natural environment and promote biodiversity. Although you cannot put a dollar value on all the ways that the natural world enriches our lives, there are many tangible benefits to living in a city with healthy ecosystems.
3. Parks should be environmentally and financially sustainable. Calgarians have always valued their parks as intangible assets, but the economic benefits are often overlooked. Parks are a significant economic driver - great parks build great cities.
4. Parks must be adaptable and resilient. Parks that can adapt to unforeseen and changing environmental conditions caused by climate change – the stresses of flooding, drought, and snowstorms – ensure healthy and enduring public spaces.
imagineParks is our vision, created with broad input from citizens, wildlife and user groups, and national experts. Parks have a special place in the hearts of Calgarians, who have spoken loud and clear about what they want to see for the future of these essential public spaces.
You can learn more about imagineParks, by clicking here
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