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The new Rooftop Plaza in downtown Calgary is accessible from the Plus-15 bridge from the Telus office building to the Delta Calgary Downtown. Photo courtesy City of Calgary

Aug. 05, 2016 | CREBNow

City opens new downtown green space

Rooftop Plaza located at Fire Station 1

The City of Calgary officially reopened the Rooftop Plaza on Fire Station 1, located at 450 First St. S.E., providing a rejuvenated green space for Calgarians who live and work in the downtown core, and for visitors to the city.

The Rooftop Plaza renovation was undertaken to make much needed repairs to the Fire Station 1 roof and to breathe new life into the Plaza that had fallen into disrepair.


June 12, 2016 | CREBNow

Okotoks launches parks and recreation plan initiative

To guide Town for next 20 years

Okotoks has launched a new parks and recreation initiative that it hopes will guide planning efforts for the growing community south of Calgary.

The master plan is designed to provide an overall framework to guide the development, delivery, and continuous improvement of parks and recreation programs, services, and facilities for the next 10 to 20 years.

"Parks and recreation are important services that help us enjoy a great quality of life in Okotoks. The Recreation, Parks and Leisure Master Plan is a key initiative to help us effectively plan for the future of these services," said Mayor Bill Robertson.


Nov. 21, 2015 | Paula Trotter

People power

Citizen engagement front and centre of new initiatives

What is your vision for your community in the next 20 years?

The City of Calgary recently asked this question to a group of nearly 40 Dover residents; the general consensus was a community that is safe, quiet and fun for kids.

Based on this feedback, City representatives will return to the southeast community later this month to present a list of small-scale improvement projects that can be completed within a year. Community members will get to prioritize the projects.

Richard White, a Calgary-based columnist who writes on urban development, says The Village Ice Cream patio on 10th Avenue S.E. is a good example of a parklet in action. Photo by Michelle Hofer/for CREB®Now.

Oct. 27, 2015 | Shelley Boettcher

Piquing interest in parklets

Experts debate whether mini meeting spaces will replace traditional parks

You may have never heard of a parklet, but chances are good you've walked or driven past one. Maybe you've even sat in one, enjoying a coffee or a chat with a friend on a warm afternoon.

"You're taking a space that would normally not be a public space, maybe part of a road, and you're converting it," said Byron Miller, an associate professor of geography at the University of Calgary and co-ordinator of school's Urban Studies program.

"It's about expanding the public realm to create new spaces where people can interact."

Melcor Developments coverted public space in its King's Hieghts development on Airdrie's east side into canals and bridges for community residents. Photo by Carl Patzel/For CREB®Now.

Oct. 19, 2015 | Carl Patzel

Placemaking in the satellites

Urban planners designing with public places in mind

Placemaking, the popular term coined by urban planners to address the management of public spaces, is slowly weaving into the fabric of Calgary's burgeoning satellite communities.

Local planners say the concept, once reserved for major metropolises, is becoming a focal point in the respective redevelopment of their existing spaces and development of new ones.

"It's a key element for us," said Tracy Corbett, manager of planning and sustainable development at the City of Airdrie. "We hear time and time again in our citizen surveys that parks and pathways come out number one on what people really value about Airdrie.

"There are not a lot of natural amenities – a river or a lake. So you have to work a little harder at creating great place and effective placemaking."


Oct. 08, 2015 | Gerald Vander Pyl

Park 'n play

A look at the evolution of Calgary's playgrounds 

These aren't your parents' playgrounds.

Calgary's outdoor play areas are pushing the boundaries on safety, interactivity and, most importantly, fun, say local experts.

"The best ones for this are ones that are unique, so kids can ask for them by name," said Dana Wheatley, an experiential playground expert and mom of three young children. "A great example of this is Parkdale's Helicopter playground."

Wheatley runs the popular website, which highlights many of the city's best playgrounds.


Nov. 28, 2014 | CREBNow

Budget #YYC: Parks particulars

As city council continues to work through day five of the budget, today brought up some questions about Calgary's Parks funding.

Ward 10 Coun. Andre Chabot wanted to cut one Community Services and Protective Services lifecycle program by more than $2 million, the results of which citizens would notice, said Anne Charlton, director of Parks.

Charlton said the fund is used for "hard materials", such as paving, tennis courts, a mix of 8,000 benches and picnic tables, 463 back-stops at ball diamonds and 8,000 soccer goal posts among other things.

Nov. 13, 2014 | CREBNow

The comeback

Bowness Park partially reopens to public after two-year closure

Two years after being closed for renovations – with some added delay due to flooding in June 2013 – Bowness Park is partially reopen for business.

The City said the entire west side of the park – including the parking lot, picnic areas and a new central square – is now open to the public. The east end of the park will remain closed until next year.

April 29, 2014 | CREBNow

New YYC cemetery: feedback wanted

City of Calgary parks are looking for input and feedback from residents concerning a new cemetery planned for the city's southeast.

"Cemeteries are an essential service provided by The City of Calgary to and for Calgarians and we're looking for feedback on three design concepts," said Gary Daudlin, Parks Cemeteries superintendent. "Citizens' input on these designs will help us ensure the new cemetery meets the diverse needs of Calgarians now and in the years to come."

April 25, 2014 | CREBNow

City gives the scoop on cleaning up after your pooch

A City of Calgary Parks program provides opportunities for residents to learn the importance of picking up after their pooch.

On April 26, the City will launch it's PUPPY (Pick Up Pooch's Poo Yourself) program at River Park. The program gives Calgarians a chance to learn about the importance of picking up and disposing of pet waste to ensure parks stay healthy and clean for everyone.

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