Monday, January 17, 2011

Public consultation: River Park, Sandy Beach, Britannia Slopes

The City of Calgary Parks is launching a second phase of public consultation this month aimed at managing the heavy use of a popular regional park and protecting it for future generations to enjoy.

The public consultation will help The City of Calgary develop a management plan for River Park, Sandy Beach and Britannia Slopes. All Calgarians are invited to provide input.

These three adjacent public spaces form a large, popular southwest regional park located just north of the Glenmore Dam and along the Elbow River. Environmental concerns, aging amenities, parking problems and issues between user groups led to citizen requests for a management plan in the regional park.

An introduction meeting on the project will be held on two nights this month (both meetings will have the same content and agenda):

  • Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the North Glenmore Park Community Association (2231 Longridge Drive S.W.)
  • Thursday, Jan. 27, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the South Calgary Community Association (3130 - 16 Street S.W.)

The introduction meeting will provide interested citizens with overviews of the first phase of the 2009 stakeholder and public consultation process and the proposed 2011 public consultation process.

The proposed public consultation process for 2011 will focus on specific topics of interest (identified by the public) and work on finding solutions to problems in the regional park. Moderated online discussions are planned, as are facilitated public meetings over the coming months.

By the spring of 2011, The City of Calgary Parks will draft park management plan. Once completed, that draft plan will be posted at www.calgary.ca/riverpark for public review and comment. From there, an updated draft plan will be presented to Council’s Community & Protective Services committee before July 2011.

To keep updated on this project over the coming months, please visit www.calgary.ca/riverpark.

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