Bow to Bluff Corridor
Bow to Bluff began as an independent, citizen-led initiative focused on transforming the public corridor along the Northwest LRT line between the Bow River and McHugh Bluff into a great public space. What was initially a group of community members asking what could be done has now become a tangible list of projects the community can expect to see as funding becomes available.
After community engagement held in mid-2017, an updated Bow to Bluff Public Realm Plan is now being developed. The City is now going through the planning stages with work expected to begin on some of the projects in 2020. Please continue to visit this webpage for project updates.
- In February 2011, a group of independent citizens approached the Ward 7 Office with an idea to engage their fellow citizens in the revitalization of the public corridor along the Northwest LRT line from the Bow River to the McHugh Bluff. Subsequently, with the support of City staff, the Bow to Bluff partnership was established, with the citizen group comprising members from the Great Public Spaces group of Civic Camp and the Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association.
- In May 2011, Council approved funding from the Innovation Fund in order to not only engage citizens in the reimagining of the Bow to Bluff public corridor, but also to develop a design framework from citizen input and a comprehensive process guide to support other community-driven improvements to public spaces across the city.
- In March 2012, the Bow to Bluff Urban Design Framework and the Bow to Bluff Process Guide were finalized by the community, consultants and City staff following a high-level review of the documents.
- In July 2012, City Council directed City staff to review the Bow to Bluff Urban Design Framework and prepare amendments to the Hillhurst/Sunnyside Area Redevelopment Plan, where appropriate.
- In May 2017, engagement with the community took place to make sure the design framework was still relevant, and to help prioritize the projects outlined in the framework. A what we heard report was created using the feedback heard at that engagement.
- The design of the spaces is being updated using information from the community engagement in 2017. The updated Public Realm Plan will help guide the detailed design and construction of the various projects as funding becomes available.