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Project update – May 2024

Construction is almost complete in Buckmaster Park! We have a few items to finish in the upcoming months, but the park has reopened for public use.

Items we’re finalizing in 2024:

  • Building the stage platform.
  • Planting perennial shrub beds.
  • Installing sport surfacing for the basketball hoop.

We’re excited for the community to enjoy the upgrades this year!

There will be localized disruption and limited access to certain areas of the park while this work is being completed. Please see the anticipated park closure diagram below. 

Buckmaster Park improvements

In 2023 we accomplished a lot, including:

  • Removal of the former basketball court, several full and partial pathways, turf, site furniture, and dead trees.
  • New timber stair construction.
  • Concrete seating wall installation.
  • Installed new site furniture and lighting.
  • Installed concrete pavers for the central pathway, lookout space, and seating area.
  • Installed new asphalt pathways and concrete plaza around the fitness node.
  • Installed a large boulder seating wall.
  • Completion of the fitness node including pour-in-place surfacing and new fitness equipment.

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Last year, we discovered some challenges with the location originally planned for the seating area and stage platform. During construction projects, it’s common for crews to uncover conditions on a work site that can’t be accounted for during the planning process.

With these new learnings, we paused construction of this feature within the park so we could consider other design options and adapt our design to the realities of the space. We expect to finish these final aspects this spring as weather permits.

Completed Bankview area improvements

We are pleased to have completed our work to increase the safety, connectivity, and accessibility of the Bankview community. In 2023, we:

  • Created new sidewalks and improved existing ones.
  • Installed pedestrian ramps.
  • Built curb bump outs to increase pedestrian visibility.
  • Repaired storm drainage utilities.
  • Added a new traffic button to enhance vehicle flow.

We appreciate the community’s patience as we worked to improve the experience for Calgarians walking, biking, and driving in Bankview. There is minor signage, signal, road marking, and landscaping work that will be completed this spring as weather permits.

About the project

These projects are all part of the Established Area Growth and Change Strategy. This program provides funding to support short-term (1-3 years) public space improvement projects in established communities where growth and change are happening. The Strategy connects planning, financial and investment decisions to provide the assistance that established communities need to support growth that is currently taking place.

The Buckmaster Park Area Improvements project builds on recommendations from the Bankview Planning & Development Committee and the This is My Neighbourhood: Bankview project.

The redevelopment of the Buckmaster Park area highlights existing features and improves activity spaces to support play, gathering and travel through the community.

The project allows residents to move around their community with more ease and safety and activate lost spaces to create stronger community connections.

Your input

The City engaged the public to collect feedback on both 26 Avenue S.W. and Buckmaster Park over Summer 2021. Due to COVID-19, most engagement efforts were virtual, resulting in 3,921 citizen visits to our Engage website and a total of 350 contributions. From this feedback, we compiled a What We Heard Report, which can now be found on our website.

We learned about what the community liked and where they had concerns, which helped prioritize several infrastructure items near the Park including sidewalk improvements, installing new sidewalks where there aren’t any currently, and improvements to get to and from Buckmaster Park.

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