Laycock Park is located along the Nose Creek regional pathway system in the community of Thorncliffe. The park is currently undergoing improvements. For details, see park improvements.
Location: 5979 6 St. N.E.
Area: 11 hectares
Park hours: 5 a.m. - 11 p.m.
- Playground - currently closed for inspections
- Nose Creek
- Open grass area
- Dedication plaque
- Picnic area with shelter
- Baseball diamonds
- Off-leash area
About the park
Laycock Park was named in honour of the Laycock family who homesteaded in the area when Alberta was part of the Northwest Territories.
Laycock Park has undergone many updates over the past few year and will continue to see more improvements through 2019/2020.
Transportation Infrastructure has completed work on the new, flood resilient pedestrian bridge over Nose Creek, and it is now open to the public. The old pedestrian bridge, which was closed following the 2013 flood, has also been removed. The pathway has been paved from the new pedestrian bridge, linking the regional pathway to the west, and the parking lot to the east.
Beginning November 2019, the parking lot located at the north end of 6th St. N.E. will be opened for public access via the new bridge to the park. This will be a temporary parking area and will be completed in 2020.
Upcoming Work in 2020 will include repaving the parking lot on the east side of Nose Creek, building a basketball court between the new bridge and parking lot, landscaping repairs on the east side of Nose Creek, and starting construction of the Vanishing Pond.
While we make every effort to provide accurate timelimes, it is important to note that the length of construction can be impacted by the condition of the soil, the condition of existing utilities, unfavourable weather, availability of materials and difficulty and location of the excavation.
In 2017 Water Services resumed work on the Nose Creek sanitary sewer trunk and storm infrastructure improvements that included a new oil-grit separator and repair of the outfall.
Work has begun on constructing a new access road from Blackthorne Road N.E. to the infrastructure built last year. The construction of a new accessible playground has begun and the new park pathway is almost complete.
We will also be replacing the bridge that connects Laycock Park to the east side of Nose Creek, work began in August 2018.
In 2019, we will complete construction on the Nose Creek sanitary sewer trunk, repave the parking lot on the east side of Nose Creek, build a basketball court between the new bridge and parking lot, and start construction of the vanishing pond.
- July 2018: Construction of new access road began
- August 2018: Began construction of new playground and pathway
- October 2018: Pathway construction almost complete
- August 2018 – December 2018: Remove and replace bridge
- Spring/Summer 2019: Construction of new parking lot
- Update 2019: Pedestrian bridge, pathway paving
- 2020: Repaving parking lot, building basketball court, and Vanishing pond.
- Increased traffic along Blackthorne Road N.E. and possible parking restrictions.
- Sections of the park will be fenced off, but there will be plenty of off-leash area available; the baseball diamond will remain open.
- Noise and dust impacts will be monitored and will adhere to City bylaws.
- Work hours are typically Monday to Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with some days going as late as 9 p.m.
In 2007, The City of Calgary held two open houses to consult the public and stakeholder groups on a design plan to restore local wetlands and Nose Creek in Laycock Park. A concept plan was created based on public and stakeholder feedback, however after extensive feasibility testing, it was determined that the concept is not feasible. Unforeseen site conditions caused by previous land uses at this site left subsurface conditions which would significantly increase the costs of earth moving required for the creek and wetland restoration. As a result, the decision was made to exclude the wetland restoration and Nose Creek realignment from the improvements. In 2011, Parks received funding to explore the feasibility of designing and restoring these wetlands which over time disappeared from the area. Additional park improvements were also included in the scope of work.