Jack Long Park redevelopment
Jack Long Park, the green space directly west of the Alexandra Centre in Inglewood, is undergoing a redevelopment to improve the community park space. The park will feature paved areas that will serve as flexible spaces for small concerts/theatre events, food truck servicing, market kiosks, or other arts/cultural uses.
The park will have open lawn spaces, picnic areas, a playground, a rain garden and sculptural elements donated by the Inglewood Business Improvement Area (BIA). New seating and a custom family-style harvest table surrounded by trees and shrubs will provide a variety of spaces to sit and enjoy the park.
Jack Long was a nationally respected architect, planner and community activist who profoundly impacted the nature of Calgary communities. Jack believed in true participation planning; he fought for the right of every community to be given the opportunity to have meaningful involvement in the future of their community.
It is a fitting commemoration to Jack Long that his daughter is the landscape architect who has helped design the upgrades to this park and is able to continue his legacy of community building through her efforts on this project.
- October 2018 - Construction began
- Summer 2019 - Construction was briefly suspended in the summer of 2019 with the discovery of historic artifacts within the site.
- Fall 2019 - An archeological assessment of the site was completed.
- Spring 2020 - Construction resumed.
- Summer 2020 – The City collected community input on one of the park’s new design features – custom bike racks, which were installed later that summer.
- Fall 2020 – Construction is delayed, in part due to supply issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Four main components remain to be completed:
- Pouring of custom concrete pathways with coloured glass.
- Installation of concrete pavers and stonework.
- Installation of site furnishings, including custom elements like concrete seat walls and a family-style harvest table.
- Sodding over one third of the park.
To ensure the safety of the public, the site security fence will remain in place until the re-opening, estimated for early fall 2021.