Marda Loop Main Street

Marda Loop Main Streets

33 and 34 Avenues S.W.

Project update - January 2023

Marda Loop Main Streets will begin construction this year. 

The Streetscape Master Plan is a holistic design that reflects the vibrancy, diversity, and history of Marda Loop. It prioritizes pedestrian safety, connects the community to nearby transit and wheeling systems, and improves vehicle traffic flow. Once complete, it will offer a variety of safe, accessible mobility connections, new community gathering spaces, and a uniquely Marda Loop character.

Have you seen our Roll Plot? Explore what we’ll be creating over the next few years.
Note: Our team is working to finalize the scope and budget as we move forward, and then we’ll share a final version of the Roll Plot.

We understand construction is impactful to a community and throughout the planning process we have had area businesses and residents top of mind. We have worked to plan construction in a thoughtful way, balancing our desire to quickly and safely complete construction with our efforts to minimize disruption to the community.    


Join us at an upcoming community information session to learn about the Marda Loop Main Streets design and what you can expect in the coming months as we prepare for construction:

Virtual session

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.

In-person engagement

Date: Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Address: Marda Loop Community Association Hall (lower deck)
3130 – 16 Street S.W. Calgary AB T2T 4G7 

Project Scope

Now, our focus turns to planning construction: we want to best support business access, pedestrian safety, and traffic mobility while positioning crews to complete work efficiently and productively. Here’s what we know so far:

  • Work will happen over multiple years. This balances our desire to quickly complete construction with our efforts to minimize disruption to businesses, residents, and visitors.
  • Once we finalize the construction schedule, we will share it directly with businesses and residents and use our communications channels to ensure the community is aware.
  • We will work with businesses and residents to understand their unique needs (such as pedestrian access) as work moves along both avenues. We plan to set up community touchpoints early in the new year.

We want to thank the Marda Loop community for its continued support and patience during the engagement and planning processes. 

What will 33 and 34 Avenues look like?

The Marda Loop Main Streets project will create safe, thoughtful mobility connections and community spaces through:

  • A balance of transportation options, including a focus on pedestrian and cyclist improvements.
  • A family-friendly, safe street that focuses on the needs of the community.
  • A design that is uniquely “Marda Loop” and reflects its identity.

Project background

The City has developed a Streetscape Master Plan for Marda Loop based on citizen feedback, technical analysis, and financial considerations.

The concept of a Main Street reflects the integration between public space, business, and people. The plan supports the needs identified by the community and provides a vision that guides the detailed design and construction phases. The vision encompasses numerous considerations, including:

  • design for pedestrian safety
  • enhanced interaction between different mobility modes
  • creation of placemaking opportunities
  • provision of trees and site furnishings for comfort
  • design to support local businesses
  • connection to park spaces and amenities
  • transit and laneway access improvements

Past Engagement

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Timeline

  • Build (2023-2025)
    • Construction of designs and community transformation
  • Design (2021-2022)
    • Additional community engagement to refine design concepts
    • Pedestrian safety measures implemented
    • Detailed design work complete
  • Master Plan Design (2018-2020)
    • Community engagement on Marda Loop Master Plan
    • Marda Loop Streetscape Master Plan completed 
  • Plan (2018-2019)
    •  Land use redesignation and infrastructure assessment
  • Strategize (2014 – 2016)
    • Public engagement and technical analysis

Project documents

Main Streets


The Main Streets Program is one of the ways that the City of Calgary is working to make our city “a great place to make a living, and a great place to make a life.” Our program shares The City’s common purpose of “making life better every day” by implementing a comprehensive process to transform our main streets into places where people want to live, work and play.

To reach their full potential, Calgary’s Main Streets need both public and private investment. The Main Streets program is a continuum that goes from changes to land use that will support development opportunities to a streetscape master plan that is designed to support these changes and can be constructed in a coordinated fashion. The increase in development activity will bring more people and new jobs to the community, making the area more attractive to local businesses and residents.

Core principles

Main Streets are resilient, adaptable, and attractive places that:

  • Celebrate the character of the community.
  • Encourage diversity of businesses, buildings and residents.
  • Create a vibrant destination.
  • Improve public health.

This information has no legal status and cannot be used as an official interpretation of the various bylaws, codes and regulations currently in effect. The City of Calgary accepts no responsibility to persons relying solely on this information. Web pages are updated periodically. ​

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