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.
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.”
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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