|Top: Tea house. Left to right: Pathway work, completed work and picnic site.|
“The park really took a hit last year during the flood,” says Doug Marter, Parks Manager. “It’s been a challenge for us to get the park’s redevelopment back on track after the flood.”
At the time of the flood , about 40-50 per cent of the redevelopment had been done. The flood washed up to five feet of water into the park, scouring out the majority of the pathway system and leaving debris piles more than 2.5 metres tall. In total, the flood caused approximately $3.2 million in damages to the park (more photos).
Redevelopment work helped reduce damage
“The damage could’ve been even worse,” says Marter. “Some of the redevelopment that was completed, such as the berms along the shoreline, helped reduce bank erosion and prevent ripping of the shore.”
Power, gas and potable water have just begun to be restored and without these utilities, the Parks department hasn’t been able to provide washrooms.
Plan to celebrate new features
Once reopened, Calgarians will be able to enjoy a new centralized parking area, renovated picnic sites, a brand new concession facility and gathering space, and better lagoon access for skating and boating. The park’s historic and well-loved mini train will also be back.
To celebrate, The City and the Bowness Community Association are planning a skating party at the park. More details will be available as the weather cools and becomes conducive to skating.
More information about the park’s redevelopment.