Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Stampede improvements lookin' good for the event

The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’s centennial is almost here and we’re doing all that we can at The City to make sure Calgary looks its best when the world’s eyes are on us. Starting at the beginning of June, The City of Calgary’s Office of Roads along with Calgary Transit have been working hard to make sure we present our best foot forward for this year’s highly anticipated Stampede event.

Due to this year’s expected increase in pedestrian traffic during the Stampede centennial celebrations, Roads made special efforts to perform construction and repairs to sidewalks within 1,500 metre radius to Stampede Park.

Key pedestrian corridors such as Victoria Park, East Village and the Beltline were included in the Stampede centennial sidewalk improvement program, as a way to preserve our city’s clean and safe image for both Calgarians and our visitors.

To compliment Roads’ efforts to spruce up downtown, Calgary Transit also partnered with the Calgary Stampede to give the Victoria Park-Stampede CTrain Station a bright new canopy, new paint and a top to bottom power wash.

Victoria Park/Stampede Station
“This is the Stampede’s showcase CTrain station, so we want it looking absolutely its best for the tens of thousands of visitors, who will be using the facility to access the Stampede grounds. I think it looks great!” said Keith Hiatt, Calgary Transit’s acting Manager of Facilities.

The improvements made by Roads and Calgary Transit are just a few of the ways The City’s many departments supports the Calgary Stampede. Although these upgrades were timed in anticipation of this major cultural event, we hope that all Calgarians will enjoy the benefits of these local improvements for years to come.

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