Friday, August 9, 2013

s-PARK aims to ignite community spirit in public spaces

An urban street park is coming to the Centre City from Aug. 9 to 25, 2013. Located on 10 Street S.W. between 6 & 7 Avenues, the new s-PARK pilot while create a temporary community space where Calgarians will have opportunities to gather, socialize and interact with neighbours and friends.

“We’re excited to pilot this new program in Downtown West. Creating a new street park is a fun experience that really reinvents the street environment. It enhances community and pedestrian spaces encouraging both passive and animated activities while also creating a new sense of place in the community,” said Dawn Thome, program manager, Centre City Implementation.

First included in the 2007 Council approved Centre City Plan, a s-PARK is a publicly accessible space meant to add vibrancy to an area while also creating opportunities for community gatherings.  Mobile, modular urban furniture is placed on site and combined with unique design elements to create versatile physical spaces that can play host to both passive and animated programming.

To accommodate the pilot program, there will be a road closure on 10th Street S.W. at the south end of the blockfrom August 9th to 25th .  On weekends, the north end of the block will also be closed to allow for recreational programming and community activities to animate the streetscape.

During the week, on-street parking will still be available on the west side of the street at the north end of the block.  The alleyways on 9th, 10th & 11th Streets will remain open during the duration of the project making the underground residential parking lots and the public surface lots still accessible between 10th & 11th Street S.W.  On weekends, access will be from 9th & 11th Streets only.

Full details about this project can be found on the s-PARK information sheet.

The s-PARK pilot project will be evaluated in the fall of 2013 and a decision will be made as to whether this program will be established on a city wide basis.

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