Eau Claire Public Realm
Construction Update – March 2021
With spring just around the corner, our crews are gearing up to begin construction on the Eau Claire Promenade/Downtown Flood Barrier, redesigned Eau Claire Plaza, and the replacement of the Jaipur Bridge.
Construction is set to begin March 22, 2021, with enabling works beginning in Eau Claire Plaza for all three projects. Enabling works will allow construction crews to suitably access all construction areas for three projects. This work is being funded by the Government of Alberta Municipal Stimulus Program, which provide capital infrastructure project funding with the primary objective of creating local jobs.
Geotechnical drilling – March 22 - 25, 2021
Contractors will be on-site in Eau Claire Plaza for geotechnical drilling and testing. Crews will be drilling at eight sites in Eau Claire Plaza, moving sequentially from one to the next. Drilling allows The City to obtain surface information and soil samples to develop the site for construction.
Construction crews will be on-site in Eau Claire Plaza to demolition raised concrete surfaces in the Plaza. This includes the wading pool, concrete planters, and concrete seating areas in the north section of the Plaza. Demolition of these areas of the Plaza will allow construction crews to access construction sites to replace the Jaipur Bridge and the construction of the Eau Claire Promenade/Downtown Flood Barrier.
Dates for this works are still being determined, and The City will provide an update to you shortly when they are confirmed. If you are not already receiving our newsletter, please sign-up for updates by visiting Calgary.ca/eauclaire.
What to expect during construction
At The City of Calgary, we pride ourselves on building a great place to live and a great place to make a life. We know that construction can be disruptive and can feel counter to those goals. Our project managers and contractors have extensive experience in this area. They use lessons learned from previous projects to find new, alternative, and better ways to mitigate the direct impact on Calgarians.
Crews will be on-site at 7 a.m. and be operating between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Pathways through Eau Claire Plaza will remain open during these periods, with construction fencing surrounding each construction site while crews are operating. Safety “flaggers” will be on-site to direct walkers and wheelers safely around each operating site.
About the project
Investing in the future of Eau Claire, Prince’s Island, Chinatown and the East Village is a fundamental piece of The City’s Downtown Strategy – the effort to support and incentivize private investment, generate visits and spending, and provide amenities and services to enhance the quality of life for people living and working in Calgary’s downtown.
Updating our downtown’s interface with the Bow River goes beyond designing improved pathways and public spaces. It involves a flood mitigation effort that will increase the resilience of our downtown and protect the economic drivers of our economy.
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 Area Improvements
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.
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.
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: August 13, 2014||Purpose: Walking tour||Outcomes: results|
|Date: August 20, 2014||Purpose: Stakeholder meeting (internal)||Outcomes: internal|
|Date: August 20, 2014||Purpose: Stakeholder meeting (external)||Outcomes: external|
|Date: August – October, 2014||Purpose: Online survey, mapping tool and sounding board||Outcomes: results|
|Date: October 1, 2014||Purpose: Stakeholder meeting (internal)||Outcomes: internal|
|Date: October 1, 2014||Purpose: Stakeholder meeting (external)||Outcomes: external|
|Date: October 28, 2014||Purpose: Public Open house – review of concept plans developed and all feedback to date||Outcomes: results
|Date: December 10, 2014||Purpose: Public Open house – review of draft design plans||Outcomes: 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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Eau Claire Area Improvements Package of Information
With many projects in the Eau Claire Area, we know a lot is going on. To help reduce repeated disruptions and impacts to the community, we are working together and coordinating all the projects happening in the area.
We want to make sure you have the information you need to stay informed and up to date.
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