Public gardens are a way to enhance public spaces near transit stations for public enjoyment and recreation. They serve as gathering places for communities and often integrate public art.
Council put forward a notice of motion (December 2018) to explore placing public gardens along the Green Line. Public gardens are places that bring people together to:
Make social connections
Enjoy the outdoor spaces and public art
In 2021, Council approved Parks Foundation Calgary to lead and manage the project, and Green Line provided $4M of seed funding to be leveraged by Parks Foundation to develop a minimum of six park projects along future Green Line stations. The park projects are to be developed within 500m of future Green Line stations in parallel to Green Line Stage 1 planning and construction. Public gardens will support the enhancement of community spaces and bring new amenities to the many nearby communities for families, youths, and commuters to enjoy.
A Public Gardens Master Plan will be developed to identify a minimum of six projects, but an initial parks project has already been identified to begin in 2023.
George Moss Park Redevelopment
George Moss Park, located in Ogden just 200 metres away from the future Ogden Station, was identified as the first project. The redevelopment of George Moss Park redevelopment will create a safe and fun gathering place for the community. It will feature basketball courts that incorporate a public art element, open seating area, a community plaza, tot lot playground and plenty of green space to connect with fellow community members.
Railway gardens have historically beautified public spaces through landscaping along railway lines. The Public Garden Program will use this vision to create vibrant modern public spaces. Public gardens will focus on six key themes:
Community: Public Gardens can become community hubs and should involve the community at all stages.
Art and history: Public Gardens must include art. They should also include historic and educational elements when appropriate.
Seasonal and year-round use: Public Gardens must be designed for use in all four seasons.
Events: Public Gardens should include flexible space that allows events when appropriate.
Wayfinding: Public Gardens should promote Green Line station wayfinding and connect to nearby amenities.
Digital technology: Public Gardens should use digital elements to promote awareness, wayfinding, and education when appropriate.