Most everyone knows about the ring road, but did you know that a ring path is under construction?
The Parks Foundation, in partnership with the City of Calgary, is currently building the Calgary Greenway, a 138 kilometre pathway that will loop around the City of Calgary.
“The Greenway will connect communities, provide alternative transportation options for commuters, offer access to education and recreation and connect to other transportation facilities within the City of Calgary, such as the on-street facilities and transit,” says Doug Marter, Manager of Planning and Development Services for the City of Calgary Parks.
The ambitious project began in summer 2009 with the construction of 12 kilometres of pathway in East Calgary, between 17 Avenue S.E. and Airport Trail N.E. Phase II, known as the Wetland Experience, will be completed by the end of 2013 and will connect Ralph Klein Park, Fish Creek Park and the new South Health Campus. The final phase of development, phase III, will be approximately 70 kilometres of pathway that will connect phases I and II. It is hoped the entire pathway will be complete by the end of 2015.
“We are not just building pathways, we are providing a recreational opportunity for every citizen that is accessible and offered at no fee,” says Myrna Dubé, CEO of Parks Foundation Calgary.
Along the Northeast corridor you will find a huge off-leash park, two unique playgrounds, and wetlands with picnic tables and benches. In the Southeast, the path will be enhanced with a fitness park, interval running track and agility training for dogs.
Parks Foundation of Calgary is leading the project with support from The City of Calgary.
“We have a wonderful working partnership with the City of Calgary, Parks,” says Dubé. “The Greenway would not be possible without support from The City. It is a team effort.”
The Greenway will pass through over 40 communities and will add to the 700 kilometres of pathway that makes Calgary’s pathway system the largest in North America.
For more information, please visit calgary.ca/parks or the Parks Foundation Calgary website, www.parksfdn.com.