Monday, April 4, 2016

Big changes coming to Kensington

With the weather getting nicer every day we’re looking forward to the spring and summer seasons. And this year, we’re into Kensington!

This year we're into Kensington! Sidewalk construction starts April 4.
The City of Calgary, in partnership with the Kensington Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ), will be completing work on improvements to Kensington’s public realm this year. The project will replace ageing infrastructure on 10 Street N.W. between Memorial Drive and 5 Avenue N.W. and Kensington Road between 10 Street N.W. and 14 Street N.W. Last year work started on the east side of 10 Street N.W. between 2 Avenue N.W. and 4 Avenue N.W. when new sidewalks were constructed.

Improvements in Kensington will include new sidewalks, trees, streetlights and street furniture for safer mobility for all users of Kensington’s public realm.

“We all know Kensington as a great community and at The City we’re committed to keeping it that way by improving safety and mobility and creating more livable streets,” said City of Calgary project manager Erin Ward.

The City will be installing new energy efficient streetlights and pedestrian lights to the area so Calgarians can safely enjoy Kensington after the sun goes down.

Additionally, broken interlocking paving stones on 10 Street N.W. and Kensington Road will be replaced with new concrete sidewalks to eliminate trip hazards and brand new trees will replace old or dying ones. New litter receptacles, bike racks and benches will also be added to the neighbourhood.

“With over 270 shops and services in Kensington, pedestrian traffic is important for a thriving business community. The work being done during this project will improve the experience of visitors to Kensington,”said Annie McInnis, executive director of the Kensington BRZ. “This project will allow a century old community to maintain its vibrancy for years to come.”

Temporary sidewalk and business access during
construction on 10 St N.W. in 2015
The City will be making every effort to ensure access to businesses will be maintained throughout
construction by building wooden boardwalks through construction areas shoppers can use to enter businesses.

A detailed construction schedule will be available online at Construction will begin this week and is expected to be ongoing through October, but as with all construction projects the timeline for completion is weather dependent.

For more information on this project visit or contact 311.

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