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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The City of Calgary Releases Centre City Annual Report

The City of Calgary released its 2009 Centre City Annual Report today.

The report highlights major projects and programs implemented in 2009 in the downtown core.

“We have made a significant investment in our Centre City,” said Mayor Dave Bronconnier. “The Centre City is the economic engine of our city. Over 40 per cent of Calgary’s total business and non-residential property tax revenue is generated here, so when the Centre City thrives, so too does the rest of our city.”

With a focus on safety, cleanliness, transportation, public spaces and community, the report outlines key achievements:
  • Calgary Police Service launched the beat officer initiative with 68 new officers patrolling the Centre City day and night, totalling 21, 592 patrol hours since the program launch in June 2009.
  • In the first Centre City Citizen Perception Survey, 90 per cent of Calgarians reported safety in the Centre City had improved (42%) or stayed the same (48%) in 2009.
  • In the same survey, nine in ten Calgarians reported that cleanliness in the Centre City had improved (27%) or remained the same (62%) over 2009, reflecting the many City led cleaning initiatives, such as the Clean to the Core small litter bin and recycling initiatives and the private property graffiti abatement pilot programs
  • Centre City improvement efforts continued through beautification programs, open space enhancements and hosting of large events, such as WorldSkills and Grey Cup celebrations;
  • Many programs were initiated to improve Centre City quality of life and build a sense of community for low-income and vulnerable residents, including afterschool youth programs and THIS IS MY CITY community cultural development project.
  • The refurbishment of 7 Avenue CTrain stations to improve accessibility and safety
  • East Village redevelopment achievements including the RiverWalk and the release of the area’s Master Plan.
The report also highlights The City's 2010 plan for the Centre City, focusing on commuting downtown, improving cleanliness and safety, creating vibrant public spaces and nurturing community.

The work being undertaken in the core is directed by the Centre City Plan (2007), which outlines a 30-year vision to create a livable, thriving and caring core.

Calgarians are encouraged to view the Centre City annual report here.

About Calgary’s Centre City

Calgary’s Centre City is vitally important. It’s where 159,000 Calgarians work at over 6,000 businesses. It is home to more than 34,000 people, 25 public parks and hundreds of events, shops and restaurants.

The Centre City includes downtown and the surrounding communities of the Beltline, Chinatown, East Village, Eau Claire and the West End. The borders are the Bow and Elbow Rivers to the north and east and 17 Avenue South and 14 Street West. Click here to see a Centre City map.

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