The Devonian Gardens attracts both tourists and Calgarians into the downtown core, but after being open for 34 years without any significant renovations or infrastructure upgrades, The City of Calgary Parks recognized a window of opportunity to make enhancements and seized the moment.
Over the weekend 40 large trees and about 170 smaller trees were elevated to the fourth floor of TD Square via crane. A majority of the trees came from Florida where they were climatized specifically for the Devonian Gardens and several others came from Hawaii via California.
Some of the features of the new Devonian Gardens include three ponds that will contain over 60,000 gallons of water, several other large water features with koi fish, over 1.5 million pounds of bedded soil and improved public washrooms, event facilities and spaces for children to play.
The only relics of the old Devonian Gardens in the new indoor park will be the koi fish. Turtles were not part of the original plans for Devonian Gardens and unwanted turtles that were previously left in the facility by irresponsible pet owners had to be relocated to a rescue organization in British Columbia. Turtles can bite or carry disease, and were being mishandled by visitors in the park. We strongly ask that visitors do not bring turtles to the Devonian Gardens once it reopens.
We're pleased to announce that the Devonian Gardens is on track for a summer 2012 opening and hope to see you there.