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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Self-serve engagement opportunity at Currie Barracks showcases area development plans

The City of Calgary is reviewing a proposal from Canada Lands Company to change the type of development on the east side of Currie Barracks, allowing for a medium-density mix of retail space, office space and residential space. The proposal includes a network of open spaces and pathways while preserving key aspects of the area’s military history.

To offer residents a convenient opportunity to provide feedback on the proposal during the busy summer months, The City has set up an on-site location at the Currie Barracks Sales Centre. Until September 18, the Sales Centre will house a variety of self-serve information about the proposed development and be staffed by City planners every Wednesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.



“The City is excited to offer a unique way to engage with the community, offering evening office hours and a library of information concerning the new application for Currie Barracks,” says Craig Sklenar, Senior Planner with The City’s Planning Department.

For more information on the proposed redevelopment and how to provide your feedback to City Staff, please visit Calgary.ca/curriebarracks or contact 3-1-1.

The Currie Barracks Sales Centre is located at J5, 2953 Battleford Avenue SW. Hours of operation are Monday to Thursday, 2-8 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, 12-5 p.m. The Sales Centre is closed on Fridays.

Celebrate the opening of Tuscany Station on Aug. 23

Head over to Tuscany this Saturday, Aug. 23 and celebrate the grand opening of Calgary’s newest CTrain station.

While regular service at Tuscany Station officially begins on Monday, Aug. 25, we’re extending an invitation to Calgarians to join us as the first train pulls in.

The festivities will run from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the south Park and Ride lot at Tuscany Station and we’ll have entertainment, food trucks and plenty of fun activities for all ages.
Below is the schedule of events:

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE community bus shuttle service to the station every 15 minutes
  • 9 a.m. to 12 noon FREE bus shuttle from Crowfoot Station to Tuscany Station running every 10 minutes
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Food trucks, fun activities and entertainment for all ages
  • 11:55 First train arrives at Tuscany Station driven by Mayor Naheed Nenshi from Crowfoot with invited guests
  • 12 noon Official welcoming ceremony
  • 12 noon to 5 p.m. FREE train service between Tuscany and Crowfoot Stations (fare is required to travel beyond Crowfoot)

* Regular existing bus service will also operate on Saturday, Aug. 23 and Sunday, Aug. 24. There will be no train service to Tuscany Station on Sunday, Aug. 24.

For more information regarding Calgary Transit service to Tuscany Station visit calgarytransit.com, or for further background on the project, visit calgary.ca/nwlrt.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Join in an evening of design discussion on the New Central Library

You are invited for a sneak-a-peek of the architectural designs of the New Central Library. The public open house will be held at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre on September 4 from 6-8 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Join the Prime Design Team – Snøhetta + DIALOG – for a first look at the features, amenities and function of the library. The conceptual design reflects what 16,500 Calgarians told us matters most to them through public forums over the last two years.

Located in East Village directly across from City Hall, the New Central Library will be a landmark building that exemplifies design excellence and a community space that inspires thought, collaboration and conversation. A public gathering hub for people to dream, explore and to inspire all.

To join in the evening of design discussion, reserve your seat now at ncldesign.eventbrite.ca. Space is limited; first come, first served.

For more information on the New Central Library, visit calgarymlc.ca.

Background on the project

Originally built to serve a population of 400,000, the need for a New Central Library was first recognized in 2004 when City Council approved a $40 million contribution toward the project. In 2011, Council further paved the road toward a New Central Library by directing reductions in the provincial property tax toward a new Community Investment Fund earmarked for financing community infrastructure such as libraries and recreation centres. In 2013, Council committed $135 million from the Community Investment Fund toward the New Central Library. The Community Revitalization Levy (CRL) funds the remaining $70 million required for the project’s total $245 million cost.

With funding in place and a site declared, extensive public engagement was undertaken in parallel with an operational review and development of a master program. Conceptual designs are now complete and construction to begin preparing the site for building has begun, the first steps of which are utility work and the encapsulation of the LRT. The New Central Library is anticipated to open in 2018.

Submitted by Sheila Rougeau, Community Services and Protective Services


Monday, August 18, 2014

Help shape the future of West Eau Claire Park

This plan will address the area along the Eau Claire Promenade (walkway) from the Louise Bridge (10 Street SW) to Eau Claire Plaza. The plan will identify a clear vision to guide the design, provide a concept plan, and prioritize improvements.

To ensure the plan meets community needs, Eau Claire residents, visitors, businesses and park users are invited to share their thoughts on how the area can be improved. Providing input is easy using the mapping tool or survey on our website at calgary.ca/westeauclaire.

Your input will be used to finalize the overall design direction for the area:

  • In August, we are asking for initial input and ideas for area redevelopment that will be used to help create some of the design concepts. You can provide input:
    • At our sounding board (wood structure) in West Eau Claire Park near the Peace Bridge;
    • Online using our mapping tool or by taking our survey;
    • Or in person at the site, as we talk to users and visitors (dates and times to be determined).
  • In September, we will continue to analyze site issues opportunities and the ideas we receive from our various input methods. We will meet with area stakeholders while we explore design ideas for what the area can become.
  • In October, we will present concepts at a public open house on the types of spaces, activities, and amenities that could be used to improve the area (dates and times will be determined closer to the day).
You will be able to review the concepts and offer suggestions about what you like and what you’d change. Based on your input, we will prepare a draft plan that is consistent with your design direction.
  • In late November/early December, we will present a draft plan for the area. We will check in with you to ensure the design is consistent with the direction you provided in October.

For all engagement activities, we will clearly identify how your input was considered and what elements are considered “out of scope” for change.

Visit calgary.ca/westeauclaire for more information. Once dates are confirmed for all in-person engagement opportunities, they will be posted on the project web page.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Mobile app for active kids



City of Calgary Parks has a fun way to get your kids exploring and learning about nature in our parks.

To find out more, including how to download, visit http://calgary.ca/parks