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​Jaipur Bridge Closure

As part of developing the design of the new Jaipur bridge, there is a geotechnical investigation underway during the week of July 15. While the work is underway, the bridge will be closed:

  • Monday, July 15, outside of lunch hour and the morning and afternoon peak hours: pruning three trees, south of the bridge, for equipment access - all pathways and bridges to the island OPEN; pathway under the trees CLOSED during pruning
  • Tuesday, July 16, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.: geotechnical drilling on north side- Jaipur bridge CLOSED
  • Wednesday, July 17, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.: geotechnical drilling on south side- Jaipur bridge CLOSED

People will be detoured east to the 2 Street S.W. bridge or west to the causeway, during the closures. 

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​​The City is investing in Eau Claire to create a landmark area where Calgarians can proudly participate in a desirable, active and lively cultural destination. We are undertaking multiple, connected projects that focus on connectivity and resiliency by creating great spaces to live, work and play.

We are committed to:

  • Improving connections in to and out of Eau Claire, and downtown as a whole, whether you travel by foot, bus, bike or car.
  • Building on Eau Claire’s character to create great spaces to live, work, play, and shop.
  • Planning for the near- and long-term to deliver thoughtful growth and development in the area.

Together these projects will support your community in the near future and for decades to come. Each of the projects in the area has the same objective of building and maintaining a wonderful neighbourhood. Some projects will be planned and constructed in the next two years, others that are in planning now won’t be realized for several years. It’s important that we implement each project to meet current needs and to lay the foundation for expected future demand as Calgary grows and evolves.

The draft Eau Claire Public Realm Plan provides a comprehensive vision for the future of the Eau Claire Public Realm. It highlights key considerations, programs and elements that will allow Eau Claire area projects to capitalize on the many opportunities that exist in the area and that will accompany forthcoming projects such as the Green Line and the redevelopment of Eau Claire Market.

Eau Claire Projects

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Eau Claire Promenade

The Eau Claire Promenade extends from West Eau Claire Park eastwards, through Chinatown, to the East Village Riverwalk and will create a safe, efficient and beautiful riverfront promenade and cycle network that integrates flood protection into a space that connects Calgary’s downtown with the Bow River.

Our goals for the Promenade focus on:

A space for the City and Community

  • Accommodate all users for all of Calgary
  • Connect people to the Bow River
  • Build a vibrant centre city riverfront
  • Design a diversity of social spaces for mental well-being

Active and Multi-modal spaces

  • Provide a continuous, safe and accessible riverfront promenade
  • Incorporate strategies for year-round healthy, active lifestyles
  • Designate efficient pathways for safe alternate modes of transportation

Environmental Responsibility

  • Preserve the natural environment by protecting most existing trees and riparian vegetation
  • Achieve multiple cost benefits through durable and beautiful design solutions

Flood Protection and Resilience

  • Integrate flood protection into the public realm improvements
  • Increase resilience for Eau Claire, the Downtown Core and future infrastructure projects

Please join us at the April 13 Eau Claire open house to learn more about this project and provide feedback on a proposed design. You can also provide feedback online between April 14-30, 2019.

Eau Claire Plaza

The Eau Claire Plaza is being redesigned to integrate into the vibrant, mixed-use Eau Claire community and with the Eau Claire Promenade and Prince’s Island. This new design will embrace everyday community gatherings and have the capacity to host events and experiences that invite the participation of community members, Calgarians and visitors. It will be a space of wonder, a place grounded in history and the porch space for social and cultural gatherings in Eau Claire.

Please join us at the April 13 Eau Claire open house to learn more about this project and provide feedback on a proposed design. You can also provide feedback online between April 14-30, 2019​​.

Jaipur Bridge Replacement

Jaipur Bridge is the main south access to Prince’s Island Park. It’s over 50 years old and needs to be replaced. A new bridge will improve access to Prince’s Island Park, one of Calgary’s most popular park destinations. Its design will be coordinated with the new design of the Eau Claire Promenade and will:

  • Meet today’s bridge engineering standards
  • Meet today’s accessibility requirements
  • Help increase Calgary’s flood resiliency
  • Accommodate emergency vehicle access to Prince’s Island Park

Design of the bridge will be undertaken in 2019, with construction expected to begin in 2020. To learn more about the Jaipur Bridge Replacement, please visit our project page.

2 and 3 Street S.W. Improvements

The focus of the 2 and 3 Street S.W. streetscape master plan is to provide a vision and principles for much needed life-cycle refresh connecting the Bow River and Eau Claire with Stephen Avenue and the Downtown Core. Evolving from the Eau Claire Public Realm Plan and adapting to changing mobility needs, the plan envisions continuous high-quality pedestrian spaces, generous street planting, on-street protected cycling infrastructure, future Green Line stations, and vehicular traffic with off-peak on-street parking.

2 Street and 3 Street S.W. will be designed as a couplet to consider new multi-modal choices in the network. In this couplet, the design of 3 Street S.W. will focus on providing smooth and comfortable multi-modal connections, whereas the design for 2 Street S.W. will focus on providing a uniquely generous pedestrian realm, and active retail frontage spaces.

Sunnyside Flood Barrier

To help us better manage flood water and avoid damage similar to what was experienced in 2013, The City is proposing improvements to the existing flood barrier in the community of Sunnyside.

The Sunnyside Flood Barrier project is currently in the preliminary design stage, where we are determining the extent of improvements needed. This stage consists of engineering studies and surveys to help inform various options. Near the end of this stage, we’ll be gathering feedback from the Sunnyside community on the proposed options to develop a design that works for the community and aligns with our overall flood mitigation strategy.

To learn more, please visit our project page.

Sunnyside Stormwater Lift Station No. 1

Several storm drainage infrastructure upgrades are taking place in the community as part of the Sunnyside Community Drainage Improvement Project. Together, all of these upgrades will work towards addressing the localized flooding that occurs in the area.

The new Sunnyside storm lift station will be located at 200 Memorial Drive N.W. between the Calgary Curling Club and the Calgary Parking Authority (CPA) parking lot following a Triple Bottom Line (TBL) siting option analysis. Currently, we are gathering information to help with the preliminary design development of the project.

The new lift station will alleviate localized flooding in the south east area of Sunnyside as well as overland flooding on Memorial Drive NW, keeping it open for Emergency services, citizens and City trouble crews.

Construction of the new storm lift station began in 2018. For more information, please visit our project page.

Green Line

The Green Line is a $5 billion investment in Calgary and at 20 km, it’s the longest segment of LRT we’ve ever built. Currently, The City is preparing for the main construction of Green Line tracks and stations by completing our enabling works program, a series of projects including things like utility relocation and upgrades and land remediation, to make way for the Green Line. When planning any project of this size it is important to do as much due diligence as possible to ensure we are building the best quality project for Calgarians.

The project team is currently undertaking a review of the construction method of the tunnel through the Centre City and Beltline in order to compare two different methods: single bore and twin bore. The primary focus of the review at this time is to determine the best tunneling construction methods and design that will provide a high-quality project for Calgarians within our budget.

More information on station location and layout in the Centre City and Beltline will be available as details are refined over the coming months.

For more information, please visit Calgary.ca/greenline.

Past Projects

West Eau Claire Park

A place to gather
With construction complete, The City of Calgary is opening the revitalized West Eau Claire Park, and celebrating completing its vision of a place for Calgarians to gather and connect where downtown Calgary meets the Bow River.

This space is the heart of the city, where culture and nature intermingle. The Park and Promenade connect to create a safe, efficient and beautiful riverfront park space, promenade and cycle network.

West Eau Claire Park has two focal points: the Delta Garden and the Cove. The Delta Garden is located at the south end of the Peace Bridge, and forms an architectural delta to move people through the park.

The Cove is a terraced seating area, to the east of the Delta Garden, where people can linger and relax on Muskoka chairs, while taking in the panorama of the Bow River, Peace Bridge and Delta Garden.

The new promenade east of the Peace Bridge connecting to Eau Claire Market is now open to the public. This promenade creates an inviting pedestrian connection along the Bow River with new spaces for seating and provides enhanced safety by separating cyclists and pedestrian users.

A place to reflect
West Eau Claire Park and Eau Claire Promenade are integral parts of flood protection for Downtown Calgary. Flood protection works harmoniously with the Park and Promenade design and is integrated right into public spaces. The City’s plan for flood mitigation is a multi-pronged approach with watershed, community and property-level components. West Eau Claire Park is one example of multiple community level flood barrier projects that are currently underway with support of the Government of Alberta.

These flood protection efforts result in:

  • Increased resilience for critical services, public infrastructure and civic services
  • Reduced business and economic interruption
  • Improved public space adjacent to the Bow River
  • Integrated flood protection measures as part of Eau Claire construction projects
  • Increased resiliency for residential and commercial properties and future infrastructure projects

On May 1, 2018 the Government of Alberta announced that funding through the Alberta Community Resilience Program (ACRP) would be provided to construct a new flood barrier along the right bank of the Bow River and extending from Eau Claire Plaza to Reconciliation Bridge. This fold barrier will extend flood protection provided by the West Eau Claire Park flood barrier.

Learn more about the City’s Flood Resiliency and Mitigation Plan.


A place to connect
The new Park and Promenade make it easier for Calgarians to walk and cycle, with designated pedestrian and bicycle paths. They are designed to be active and multi-modal; part of a continuous, safe and accessible riverfront. These spaces are designed to encourage year-round healthy, active lifestyles.

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A place to explore
An integral component of West Eau Claire Park is the Delta Garden – an architectural delta to move people from the Peace Bridge through the Park. The Gardens offer an opportunity to use public art to consider the disconnect between the regimented process of dividing landscapes, the land’s natural divisions and the power of people’s perceptions to transform any given place.

Local artists, Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett, have created a piece of art that embeds 12,000 brass survey monuments in the sidewalk of the Delta Gardens, intended to glitter like light across water.

Inspired by Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities”, the Delta Garden explores the notion that a city differs through the eyes of different people. Each survey monument features Calgarians’ answers to the questions “Where are you going?” and where do you want to be?”.

To learn more about the artists and their artwork, please visit www.invisiblecitysurvey.com​.

West Eau Claire Master Plan

The West Eau Claire Master Plan provides a high level vision for the area’s public space. It provides guidance for the first two phases of construction that are currently underway for West Eau Claire Park and the Eau Claire Promenade. The process taken to develop the West Eau Claire Master Plan is highlighted below.

​Date ​Purpose ​Ou​tcomes
​August 13, 2014 ​Walking tour results​
August 20, 2014 ​Stakeholder meeting (internal) ​internal
August 20, 201​4 ​Stakeholder meeting​ (external) external
​​​August – October, 2014 ​Online survey, mapping tool and sounding board ​​​​results
October 1, 2014 ​​Stakeholder meeting (internal) ​internal
​​October 1, 2014 ​Stakeholder meeting (external) ​​external
​​​October 28, 2014 ​Public Open house – review of concept plans developed and all feedback to date ​results
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​​December 10, 2014 ​​Public Open house – review of draft design plans panels​

The City considered all input received during the 2014 engagement to make informed decisions, and balance opposing views when creating the final design for the area. The draft plan was presented back to citizens to ensure it was consistent with what we heard through our engagement process.

View the final report​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 
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