Thursday, July 28, 2016

Road paving is heating up - long weekend construction blog

Heading into the long-weekend, paving is heating up across the city.
“Paving is essential for maintaining our roadways. It helps restore a smooth surface and keeps the base layers intact to prevent costly and large impact roadwork from happening down the line,” says Chris McGeachy, Communication Advisor, Roads.
The long weekend is always an excellent opportunity for crews to get work done without the large volume of 9-5 traffic during the week. Here are some areas where motorists can expect delays this weekend:

  • Edmonton Trail is being paved from 16 Avenue N.E. to 42 Avenue N.E. on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Motorists can expect a single lane of traffic in each direction during the work.

  • Crowchild Trail N.W. will have lane reductions in both directions at the University LRT Station beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, July 30. Motorists can expect reduced speeds and delays in the area. This closure remains in place until 4 a.m. on Monday, August 1.
  • Banff Trail N.W. will be closed to all northbound traffic at 16 Avenue N.W. beginning at 11:30 p.m. on Friday, July 29. This closure continues through 4 a.m. on Tuesday, August 2 and accommodates work on the Banff Trail C-Train station.
  • The exit ramp from northbound Crowchild Trail N.W. to Northland Drive N.W. is closed beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 28. This closure continues until 10 p.m. on Monday, August 1 and accommodates paving.
  • Centre Street N will be reduced to a single lane in each direction at 31 and 32 Avenue N.W. beginning on Saturday, July 30 at 6 a.m. This closure continues until Sunday, July 31 at 8 p.m. and accommodates utility work.

  • Centre Street S is closed between 6 Avenue and 8 Avenue S.E. beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 29. This closure continues until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, August 2 and accommodates construction.

  • Anderson Road S.W. will be paved between 14 Street S.W. and Macleod Trail. There will be various lane closures along this stretch daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. beginning on Saturday, July 30. These closures also occur daily during these hours on Sunday, July 31 and Monday, August 1. Motorists should expect delays in the area and use alternate routes when possible.
  • 17 Avenue S.W. between 8 Street and 9 Street S.W. will be closed beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 29. This closure continues until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, August 2 and accommodates deep utility installation. Eastbound traffic will be detoured to north and southbound 9 Street S.W. to 14 Avenue S.W. Westbound traffic will be detoured north of 8 Street to 14 Avenue S.W. and south on 9 Street to 17 Avenue S.W.
Intersection Approach Paving
From 5 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 30 there will be a various lane closures in certain intersections as part of the intersection approach paving program. Motorists should expect delays in the area.
  • 16 Avenue at 6 Street N.E.
  • 16 Avenue at Deerfoot Trail
  • Memorial Drive at Deerfoot Trail
For more information on all these projects and more, visit

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Five places to catch 'em all

So you’ve decided to catch 'em all and are walking around the city, getting your daily exercise, and fulfilling your gaming goals, but do you know where to go? 

We’ve made a list of the top five places where you’ll find more than just Pokémon!

1. Prince’s Island Park

There’s no doubt that this 1950s park is the spot for finding rare Pokémon and is filled with PokéStops and a few gyms. If you need to beat the heat after strolling through the park, drop by the nearby Eau Claire wading pool. The park also features picnic areas, canoe access to the river, flower gardens and several water fountains.  We have also heard top secret news that there is a Hitmonlee Nest along the Bow River Pathway.

Reminder: Take only Pokémon, leave only footprints. Please make sure your trash ends up in a garbage or recycling bin.

2. Olympic Plaza

This 1988 plaza originally built for the Olympic Winter Games features The Famous Five sculpture as a PokéStop. The statue signifies the petitioners in the groundbreaking Persons Case. Not only will you find numerous Pokémon along the Plaza, you can also learn about important history. If you’re planning on hitting up the Plaza this summer, be sure to catch some free concerts on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. 

Reminder: Be aware of your surroundings; watch out for uneven surfaces and other visitors to this busy park.

3. Stephen  Avenue

If you’re out on Stephen Avenue, you’ll have no trouble finding PokéStops or Pokémon, but you’ll also find various busker stops and art pieces. Discover our city’s arts and culture through a stroll on the Avenue. Several manhole cover designs across the Avenue are PokéStops. The Chinook manhole covers were a joint project between Infrastructure and Public Art, blending the utilitarian with the artistic. You’ll also find one of Calgary’s most familiar art pieces titled The Conversation, recognizing our city’s ever-present entrepreneurial spirit.

Reminder: Don’t jaywalk and when legally crossing the street, be vigilant of traffic and other pedestrians.

4. City Hall

Featuring three different PokéStops, and several others close by, City Hall often has lures. While you’re luring Pokémon, be sure to take a minute and admire the king of the jungle. Originally constructed in 1917, the concrete lion was restored and perched at the entrance of the Municipal Building in 2003. Over the course of the lion’s reign he has become a well-known symbol of Calgary’s strength, integrity and independent character.

Reminder: While moving around the city, be cautious about accepting private Pokémon transportation offers from strangers and understand the risks involved.

5. Village Square Leisure Centre

Lastly, while you’re out battling your Pokémon at the Village Square Leisure Centre gym, why not drop by a real gym yourself? The Leisure Centre also features a safari-themed water park with a wave pool, slides, and splash zone. Youth can also get a
Youth Summer Passport for unlimited recreation access to any City facility for just $50, or $25 with a valid youth bus pass in July and August. Be sure to get full advantage while playing to get moving. For ideas on how to get moving, check our 50 bucket list adventures to challenge you this summer!

Reminder: (Parents) Be sure to talk to your children about their personal safety, to use common sense and be aware of their surroundings in the real world.

    Here are some tips while you “poke” around and explore your Calgary
    • Set up lures in Calgary parks
      Calgary parks are littered with PokéStops which mean they’re also great places to use lures. You get to enjoy the wonderful scenery, meet new people and stay safe while catching the elusive Dragonite.
    • Incubate your eggs on Calgary’s multi-use pathways
      Did you know Calgary has nearly 800 kms of pathways? What better place to incubate your eggs? Bonus: the probability of walking into something while on the pathways is much less, just make sure you leave room for others who also use the pathways.
    • Stay safe while exploring
      Check out
      safety tips from the folks with Calgary Police Service on how to ensure your exploration is a safe and fun experience.
    For more information on having fun and being active this summer visit or

    Submitted by Iman Bukhari, Customer Service and Communications

    Monday, July 25, 2016

    New railings, surfaces, and glass panels for City bridges

    Warm, dry conditions in Calgary over the summer means it’s the best time for bridge maintenance.

    City crews and engineers maintain bridges through both routine and preventative types of maintenance to keep motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians safe. Make sure you know which bridges are currently undergoing work so you can plan your route.

    Peace Bridge Trolley
    Peace Bridge
    There are six broken glass panels on the Peace Bridge that need to be replaced, and the City has partnered with a contractor to come up with an innovative solution to replace them. Using a cart that runs along the top of the bridge, panels will be lowered into place with a rope suspension system. This unique strategy will be benefit pedestrians, says Senior Engineer Craig MacFarlane. “Replacing the panels with ropes from the top of the bridge means there will be no scaffolding in place. The bridge will remain fully open to pedestrians whenever work isn’t being done.” The bridge will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. while the panels are being replaced, but these closures will not occur every night. Work is expected to finish by August 10, 2016.

    Prince’s Island Park Bridge
    Prince's Island Park bridge scaffolding
    From July until October 2016, crews are installing a new non-slip walking surface on the bridge that connects Prince’s Island Park to Memorial Drive. This new surface is being installed on the bridge in sections, which means the bridge will remain open to pedestrians throughout the work. Watch for scaffolding where the work is being done, and make sure to dismount from your bike.

    Penbrooke Meadows Pedestrian Bridge
    The pedestrian bridge that connects Penedo Way S.E. over the railway tracks is closed for repairs until September, but is expected to re-open before the start of the school year. In order to keep kids safely travelling over the railway tracks to get to school, the pedestrian bridge will undergo:

    • concrete repairs,
    • installation of new treads and grating on stairs, and
    • railing reinforcement.

    Throughout these projects, make sure to watch for crews and give them plenty of room to work. These are just three of over 400 bridges managed and maintained by The City. Learn more about the City’s annual bridge maintenance projects.

    Friday, July 22, 2016

    All aboard the Bowness Park mini train

    CHUGGA chugga chugga CHUGGA chugga chugga CHOO CHOOOOOOO!

    Can you hear that? It’s the sound of the Bowness Park mini train returning to the park .You’re invited down for free train rides on Thursday, July 28 to help welcome back this popular attraction.

    In 2013, the most recent Bowness mini train was damaged by the flood. A significant amount of work was required to fix the train and we’ve taken the time to make it better than ever. New parts were either sourced or built; a new diesel engine was installed, the body was sandblasted and painted. The new paint job is modelled after Canadian Pacific Railway’s luxury transcontinental passenger train, The Canadian, which was introduced in 1955.

    Bowness Park is one of Calgary’s oldest parks, dating back to 1912. The first miniature train came to the park in the early 1950s and began offering rides to park visitors. Although the original mini train was moved to Vancouver Island in the 60s, other styles of mini trains continued providing train rides in the park. The Bowness mini train has always been a constant and highly valued activity of the park. 

    So remember to mark your calendar for Thursday, July 28 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Free train rides will be offered to adults and kids alike! Free boat rentals will also being offered that day. Regular fares and hours of operations for mini train and boat rentals resume July 29. 

    For more information on the mini-train visit the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre and for more information on Bowness Park and its redevelopment visit us at

    Preview in the Plaza - get a sneak peek at some hot musical acts this August

    Did you know this year is the Year of Music in Calgary? To help keep the party going we have organized a number of free concerts on Wednesdays in Olympic Plaza from noon to 1 p.m. So grab your lunch and maybe even your dancing shoes and come on down.

    Add a little Latin spice

    Wednesday, Aug. 3 come down to hear the acts kicking off this year’s Expo Latino. International recording artist Natalie Castro and Grammy-nominated Cuban superstar Wil Campa with his orchestra will be entertaining anyone who comes to Olympic Plaza. 

    East meets West

    Wednesday, Aug. 10 Plaza goers will get the chance to The Futhers. This Iranian band will be sharing their unique blend of Middle Eastern folk melodies and contemporary western music. The band will then be playing at the Tabestoon Festival, happening Aug. 12 and 13 if you find you want to hear more. 

    Take a short break to the Caribbean

    Wednesday, Aug. 17 we are previewing the rhythmic reggae of Aktivate. This group is Calgary-based and will be performing later that week at Reggaefest, which runs Aug. 19 and 20.

    Learn more about the Year of Music at or check out our events calendar for more information on different festivals and events around Calgary, including other free music events such as our Music in the Park