Friday, April 8, 2016

Help re-imagine your Olympic Plaza Cultural District

The City of Calgary, in partnership with Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) and Intelligent Futures, wants to know what Calgarians envision for the future of the Olympic Plaza Cultural District (OPCD).

The request for input stems from the Civic District Public Realm Strategy, approved by Council in early 2016, which aims to improve the public spaces around City Hall, Olympic Plaza, and the new Central Library.

This round of public engagement will focus on Olympic Plaza and its adjacent areas: Municipal Plaza, the surrounding public realm and connections through City Hall onto Third Street S.E. These areas have been identified as priority spaces in need of repair and enhancement.

“Earlier feedback told us that Calgarians want to see an Olympic Plaza Cultural District that is clean, safe, and vibrant and provides a range of programming, events and amenities,” says Carlie Ferguson, Urban Strategy Lead at The City of Calgary. “Now, we’re zeroing in on what Calgarians already like about the space, what they would like to change and other ways we can make this great space even better.”

The project kicks off with a week-long public awareness campaign that will get Calgarians thinking about the Olympic Plaza Cultural District. Fun facts about the district will be featured in Olympic Plaza and through social media. A week later, public engagement officially launches on April 18.

The initial result of this public input will be a programming guide that feeds into future phases of the project, potential design requirements and the site amenities most valued by Calgarians.

“Calgarians see this area as their outdoor living room,” Ferguson says. “Their input is essential to help inspire a world-class space that draws tourists and citizens alike.”

Starting April 18, Calgarians are invited to provide their feedback on site at Olympic Plaza and various downtown locations, at special events across the city, through social media using the hashtag #myOPCD and online by visiting calgary.ca/myOPCD. Stay tuned to the website for more details.

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