St. Patrick’s Island is getting a facelift!
Between The East Village, Inglewood, and the Calgary Zoo, the island is centrally located, and will be a great outdoor hub for exploring and experiencing the environment. In 2010, Council gave the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation the go-ahead to come up with a great plan for an urban park on the island.
This is what you can expect from some of the planned experiences of St. Patrick's Island in the future:
- The TIP - At the top of the island and equipped with seating bars and an informal plaza, the Tip, is a respite and rest area designed to withstand annual flooding.
- The SEASONAL BREACH - The re-installation of a historic channel (breach) will allow Calgarians to explore the natural gravel bars of the Bow River in the summer or go for a skate in the winter.
- The RISE - The multipurpose grassy island knoll stands nine (9) metres high and is sloped on one side to offer some amazing vantage points of downtown Calgary. The Rise provides a perfect outdoor amphitheatre setting for community celebrations and in the winter will become a prime tobogganing site!
- The LOOKOUT - Situated at the eastern edge of the park (near the Calgary Zoo), the Lookout includes seating and picnic areas, a small amphitheatre, water features, and overviews of the lowland channel and boardwalks.
- The COVE - Along the southern edge of the island, the Cove is designed to encourage fishing, kayaking or wading. It provides quick access to the Lookout and the lowland channel riparian areas of the island.
- The LOWLAND CHANNEL - a second historic channel will be restored and deepened to create a seasonal, true riparian wetland within the core of the island which will greatly enhance the diversity of species that can take inhabit the island.
- User Amenities - The redevelopment of St. Patrick's Island will also include specially designed play areas for children; 1.6 kilometres of paved and soft pathways for running, riding and strolling; elevated walkways to showcase and educate on the island's natural habitat; public washrooms; and increased parking capacity near the Calgary Zoo to facilitate family picnics and gatherings.
Due to the floods in June, the island has changed since this plan was originally approved. As a result, the designers are going to be reviewing the plan and adjusting it as required, which means that construction will take a bit longer then the projected 18 to 24 months.
The current park was closed in the spring of 2013, but once construction is completed you can expect a public celebration when it is ready to open!
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