High Park transforms the Beltline canvas
High Park is a new rooftop public park and event space in the Beltline serving as an exciting destination for residents and visitors to the city alike. Built on top of a parkade, the park imagines the under-utilized rooftop of the City Centre Parkade as public space. The park features a boardwalk, lined with a series of colourful parklets that encourage socially distanced outdoor get-togethers. High Park was developed in partnership by the Beltline Neighbourhoods Association, the Calgary Parking Authority, Public City Architecture and the Beltline Urban Mural Project, with funding from The City of Calgary’s Beltline Community Investment Fund.
High Park facts:
- Located at 300 - 1 Avenue S.W.
- 90,000 sq.ft. of public space
- Features murals from Kevin Ledo, Guido van Helten, Ankh One and Derek Simmers
Source: Beltline Neighbourhoods Association
LodgeLink Inc. creating 300 new tech jobs downtown
LodgeLink Inc., a digital B2B workplace travel platform that efficiently connects service providers to businesses seeking workforce logistics management, is receiving up to $3 million from the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund (OCIF). This investment will support an expected 300 new tech jobs over five years in Calgary. Along with the 300 tech jobs associated with OCIF support, which will include roles in software development and systems/data analytics, LodgeLink expects to hire another 300 non-tech positions in Calgary.
LodgeLink Inc. facts:
- LodgeLink Inc. is the 14th organization approved for OCIF funding.
- 500+ companies around the work use LodgeLink.
- Will require ~50,000 sq.ft. of downtown office space to accommodate 600 additional staff.
- Lists more than 2,000 hotels and lodge properties on its platform, representing over 200,000 rooms.
Source: Calgary Economic Development
The City of Calgary and the Calgary Downtown Association have partnered, along with other groups like Tourism Calgary and Alpha House Society, to create a Downtown Ambassador pilot for the area around City Hall and Stephen Avenue. Downtown Ambassadors have been connecting Calgarians and visitors to information on services, places and supports in the downtown since September. The primary focus for the ambassadors has been outreach, safety, cleanliness, while providing a presence to the area. The Downtown Ambassador program was initiated through The City’s 9 Block Program, an initiative to improve safety and vibrancy in the area surrounding City Hall.
Downtown Ambassador Pilot facts:
- 1,302 interactions with Calgarians, including over 350 with members of Calgary's vulnerable population.
- 200 referrals to social services.
- 80 hand sanitizer, masks and COVID-19 awareness kits distributed to skaters at Olympic Plaza.
Source: Calgary Neighbourhoods, The City of Calgary; Calgary Downtown Association
Nordic loop brings skiing to the East Village
The area around Fort Calgary has been transformed into the East Village Nordic Loop a one kilometre-long, groomed cross-country skiing loop. Calgary Municipal Land Corporation, Fort Calgary and the Foothills Ski Club are grooming this downtown and Bow River adjacent loop throughout the winter to give Calgarians a socially-distanced workout space, in the heart of Calgary’s centre. Bring your own skis and make use of the onsite waxing station before hitting the trail.
Nordic loop facts:
- 1 km loop with access at the Fort Calgary parking lot, 6 Street S.E. and 8 Avenue S.E., and the Elbow River Traverse bridge.
- Free of charge to use.
Source: Calgary Municipal Land Corporation