FLYOVER PARK - Transforming an underutilized concrete place into a vibrant park space

CALGARY (March 15, 2019) – Parks Foundation Calgary and the Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association are pleased to announce that the award-winning Flyover Park design will be moving forward for development in the community of Bridgeland. The Alberta government recently approved $1 million in funding, which has been matched by The City of Calgary.

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The underutilized space below the 4th Avenue Flyover will be transformed into a vibrant urban park and gateway to downtown. The 4th Avenue Flyover Park—the first of its kind in Calgary—will be a five-minute walk from the Bridgeland LRT station, a 10-minute walk to Calgary’s downtown core and will connect Bridgeland on the north side of the Bow with the Riverwalk Pathway in East Village.

“Children, families and seniors in Calgary will have an incredible new vibrant, playful outdoor space to enjoy,” says Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism. “We are very excited to support this youth-inspired project, which will be a source of pride for the community.”

To develop its initial concept, landscape architecture students from the University of Calgary collaborated with grade six students from nearby Langevin School in a youth-led process to create concepts for how this underused community space could be reimagined.

Says Gian-Carlo Carra, Ward 9 Councillor, "From the start, Flyover Park has been a vision championed by many: the local community of Bridgeland-Riverside, as well as students from Langevin School and the University of Calgary collaborating with neighbours to envision a welcoming and inclusive place. Further, the City of Calgary’s civil service worked with the community to test innovative ideas and best practices. We are grateful to the Government of Alberta for appreciating the need, recognizing the quality of the community’s work, and providing the funding to make this collective vision a reality."

The park will house many unique features, and concepts currently in development include a family-friendly play area, tiered seating for events and gatherings and natural landscapes. Plans also include dedicated food truck stalls, swings, ping pong tables, vertical play logs, rain garden, wooden boardwalk, an outdoor classroom and more.

“This will be such a unique park, leveraging a place made of concrete and transforming it into a unique, urban park that can be enjoyed by all Calgarians,” says Sheila Taylor, CEO of Parks Foundation Calgary. “We appreciate the support of everyone who have worked tirelessly on this vision, and to the Government of Alberta and City of Calgary for their support.”

The design of Flyover Park was a runner up for the Mayor’s Urban Design award, and recently won the 2018 National Urban Design Award. Fundraising and development of the park is a partnership between Parks Foundation Calgary and the Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association. Additional fundraising efforts for the park are ongoing, and contributions may be made through Parks Foundation Calgary.

“Our community is thrilled to have this grassroots project for a little lost space become a reality,” says Ali McMillan, with the Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association. “This project has been a labour of love for us, and now a forgotten, urban space will be a destination place that people will seek out and enjoy for decades to come.”

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Other metropolitan cities, such as New York, Boston, Miami and Toronto, have leveraged underused spaces to build a stronger community and city. Likewise, the 4th Avenue Flyover Park in Calgary will add value by positively impacting Calgarians while also being part of the city’s roster of spectacular parks and public destinations.

The 4th Avenue Flyover Park is adjacent to Memorial Drive and McDougall Road N.E. This project is supported by Parks Foundation Calgary, the City of Calgary and the Government of Alberta.

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Legacy garden will be constructed in South Glenmore Park.

It was announced today that a very special legacy garden will be constructed in South Glenmore Park, with the groundbreaking taking place later this spring.

The Quinterra Legacy Garden will celebrate five inspiring young people, Lawrence Hong, Josh Hunter, Kaitlan (Kaiti) Perras, Jordan Segura, and Zackariah Rathwell, whose lives were lost on April 15, 2014 in the quiet suburban neighborhood of Brentwood in Calgary. The garden will be the city’s first fully dedicated music garden and intimate performance space, designed in a vibrant, green area to create community, build harmony and celebrate life.

The Quinterra Legacy Garden will house interactive musical and play elements along with a 30-foot diameter stage for programming, such as music, dance, theatre, spoken word, yoga and healing circles. The garden will foster a sense of discovery, play, inspiration, creativity, reflection, contemplation and positive well-being for all visitors.

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“The Quinterra Legacy Garden is full of unity and love. It cultivates community in an area that embodies a positive, energetic spirit,” says Barclay Hunter, on behalf of the Quinterra Legacy Garden Group. “It is our way of thanking Calgarians for their incredible support during the last five years and for reminding us that there is light beyond tragedy and loss.”

The Quinterra Legacy Garden Group is a community of families and friends of the five lives lost in the 2014 tragedy. To build a strong community, the Quinterra Legacy Garden will support the arts through creativity, mental health through meditation and healing, youth through play and inclusivity, strong families through community and discovery and will give back to Calgary with a new amenity for the public to enjoy.

“Our hope is that the garden will be a vibrant and intimate gathering place for public performances or quiet contemplation. People will leave the garden with a clear mind,” says Shannon Miller of the Quinterra Legacy Garden Group. “This isn’t just a typical garden. We’re going to have unique programming, performances and interactive activities for the public to enjoy.”

The garden will have ongoing programming and will be a local spot for intimate performances and activities such as drum circles, yoga and reading groups. Interactive music instruments, supplied by Percussion Play and Freenotes Harmony Park, will be placed throughout the garden to add energy and harmony to the Quinterra Legacy Garden.

“We hope it will be a space to build community, emulate love, spread positivity and inspire reflection,” says Ronda-Lee Rathwell of the Quinterra Legacy Garden Group. “Our vision is to see Calgarians in the garden with their family and friends, enjoying the arts or a meditation program and being thankful for today.”

The park will include elements representing the five individuals lost, reflecting each of their personalities through inclusivity and the arts. Visitors of the garden will feel a sense of belonging and warmth, radiated by the pieces built within the space. Design elements will embrace motifs that represent the number five—five branches, leaves and roots in the garden logo; a five-pointed star on the performance stage; and five chairs placed in front of five flowering trees planted in the garden.

The Quinterra Legacy Garden Group is partnering with the City of Calgary Parks Department, Parks Foundation Calgary, Bassett Associates Landscape Architecture and the Prophets of Music. The Quinterra Legacy Fund has been developed to further support the garden and is seeking contributions to meet its goal of raising $800,000. Charitable tax receipts are provided for any donations given for the garden.

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To the Quinterra Legacy Garden

About the Quinterra Group:
The Quinterra Group are a community built of family and friends of Joshua Hunter, Kaitlan Perras, Jordan Segura, Lawrence Hong and Zackariah Rathwell—the five young lives lost in a tragedy on April 15, 2014, in Calgary’s Brentwood neighbourhood. The Quinterra Group’s mission is to provide a peaceful, contemplative and vibrant outdoor space for Calgarians to reflect, heal and remember. The Group supports student initiatives related to music, the arts and community, and will continue to build legacies. For more information about the Quinterra Group or the Quinterra Legacy Garden, visit quinterralegacygarden.com

Parks Foundation Calgary awards over $230K in support of Amateur Sport

Parks Foundation Calgary is pleased to announce the most recent recipients of the Amateur Sport Grant program. The below table outlines the successful organizations and their projects.  

ORGANIZATION                                       PROJECT                              
Canada West Volleyball Club New Volleyball Nets
Alberta Alpine Ski Association Shared Equipment Pool
Calgary Dragon Boat Society Dragon Boats
Dino Women's Volleyball Club High Performance Training Systems
Elbow Park Residents Association Elbow Park Community Basketball Court
Foothills Swimming Association Anti-wave ropes, storage reels and tension reels
(U of C Swim Club)

A total of $235,113 was awarded between these organizations.


About the Amateur Sport Grant Program
The goal of the Amateur Sport Grant Program is to promote amateur sport development and enhance sport participation for Calgarians of all ages. The program helps support capital projects and equipment purchases that will provide significant benefit to the continuation and enrichment of amateur sport. The continued success of the program is possible through a joint community partnership with the Calgary Flames Hockey Club, The Saddledome Foundation, and Parks Foundation Calgary.

About Parks Foundation Calgary (PFC)
Since its establishment in 1985 as a non-profit organization, Parks Foundation Calgary has worked to create thriving communities and public spaces. We exist so all Calgarians can enjoy a healthy lifestyle by providing easily accessible and unique, sport and green spaces. Visit www.parksfdn.com or find Parks Foundation Calgary on social media @ParksFdnCalgary. Visit www.parksfdn.com or find Parks Foundation Calgary on social media @ParksFdnCalgary.

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