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  • 1000 hours of discussion about Calgary’s main streets 26 February 2015 Main streets are active urban areas that attract Calgarians to socialize, work, shop, dine, and celebrate local events. According to the Municipal Development Plan, there are currently 24 main streets across Calgary.



    The Main Streets initiative is exploring meaningful growth for Calgary’s main streets in the future. The first step in this process is to gather local perspectives about main street issues, opportunities and outcomes.

    Starting in November and continuing through to mid February, the Main Streets team started the discussion with main street users through a series of workshops across Calgary. The workshops provided Calgarians the opportunity to share their ideas and concerns about growth in these areas with City planners.



    The number of people who participated and the quality of input collected is very impressive.

    If you missed the workshops, join hundreds of fellow Calgarians who have shared, viewed, commented or voted on main street ideas on The City’s MindMixer account.

    As a next step, information collected at the workshops will be followed-up with main street specific surveys, information sessions, and online engagement activities.

    Subscribe at calgary.ca/mainstreets or follow #yycmainstreets to stay tuned for future events.
  • More Recognition for Calgary’s Airport Trail Tunnel 26 February 2015
    Project team members at 2015 Consulting Engineers of Alberta Showcase Awards Program
    TheAirport Trail Tunnel under the new runway at the Calgary International Airport continues to receive awards and recognition.


    The most recent honour The City has received is the 2015 Award in Excellence in Project Management from the Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA). Comments from the CEA judges reveal why the Airport Trail Tunnel continues to be recognized: “The complexity of managing and delivering the project on time and budget is impressive, particularly with the need to sequence the project with the building of the runway.”

    Other honours for the Tunnel include the 2013 top project award in the Civil category (over $50 million) from Alberta Construction magazine, 2013 Award of Excellence from the American Concrete Institute (Alberta Chapter), and a finalist for Project of the Year at the Project Management Institute (Southern Alberta Chapter).


    East end of Calgary's Airport Trail Tunnel
    The City opened the 620-metre Airport Trail Tunnel to traffic on May 25, 2014. The tunnel extends Airport Trail from Barlow Trail to 36 Street N.E. as a six-lane roadway, and also included widening Airport Trail between Deerfoot Trail and Barlow Trail from four to six lanes.

      

    The tunnel helps support economic development in the city by allowing for the efficient movement of workers and goods to and from the Airport. The most recent traffic counts show that 13,000 vehicles go through the tunnel each day.

  • Students learn safety at City Hall 24 February 2015
    Earlier this month, a group of Calgary grade 3 students had the opportunity to learn about the importance of building safety through a one-week session at City Hall School.

    City Safety Code Officers Vanessa Gash, Luke Fuglestveit and Chas Van Maarion presented to the classrooms, teaching them about how the Alberta Building Code and the Alberta Fire Code work together to ensure safe construction practices and protect Calgarians from accidents and natural disasters.

    The presentation ended in a group project, where students applied their new knowledge to the construction of buildings from paper plates, cups, chart paper and masking tape. They then competed to see which of their tiny buildings could stand up to the test of wind and weather (simulated by a hair dryer and fan).

    “If we were to just stand there talking about the building code, it would get pretty boring,” says Gash. “We try to make it interactive and fun. The kids walk away with hands-on knowledge about why building requirements are essential to the safety of our city. It was a great experience for everyone involved.”

    The students had the opportunity to see first-hand how their new building and fire code knowledge is applied to real-life structures, going for a tour of The Bow Building and other downtown landmarks. Additionally, Safety Code Officers showed students the Inspection and Permit Services office space in City Hall, where they could observe the East Village construction through the window. Students also got a close-up look of one of the City's weather stations, part of the weather warning system to builders.

    Visit our website for more information about the City Hall School program, helping students in grades 3-12 become informed and engaged citizens.
  • Roads crews plow ahead in nice weather 24 February 2015
    In terms of weather, 2015 has been very good to Calgary with an above average winter. We’ve had warmer temperatures and fewer snowfalls than the winter of 2013-2014. With all this sunshine and warm weather, some of you may be wondering what City Roads crews are doing.

    While Calgarians are getting a break from the harsh winters we occasionally experience, City crews are still hard at work. In place of plowing, salting and shovelling snow, crews are performing more seasonal duties, like filling potholes, debris and litter pick-up and prepping for SpringClean-up by doing some winter street sweeping.

    “We’re taking advantage of above seasonal temperatures and working proactively to keep city streets well maintained before spring hits by cleaning up gravel ahead of schedule,” said Roads Maintenance Manager Bill Biensch. “There are many benefits to being able to pick up left over gravel throughout the winter months.”

    Street sweeping early helps keep gravel off the road which provides extra safety at intersections and for cyclists. Winter street sweeping is also good for the environment by preventing any gravel and road salts from flowing into catch basins.

    Crews are also still responding to 311 service requests for Snow and Ice Control as roads tend to ice up due to low overnight temperatures.


    For more information on The City’s Snow and Ice Control program visit Calgary.ca/snow.
  • Shaw Millennium Park to stay a 24-hour skate park 24 February 2015 In 2014 we asked you to determine whether keeping Shaw Millennium Park open 24 hours a day still met the needs of the community.

    Your answer was yes!

    Input into the decision included visitor counts, onsite engagement of park users, and an online survey. Police crime statistics and key stakeholders in the area were also consulted.

    While user counts concluded that Shaw Millennium Park is used by only a handful of people after midnight, public engagement indicated that citizens liked the option of being able to use the park at any time day or night.

    A decision was also made to align the neighboring green space at Mewata Armoury with regional park hours and it will now be open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. On-site signage will notify visitors as to where the 24-hour status is in effect, and where regional park hours apply.

    North America’s largest free outdoor skatepark

    Shaw Millennium Park (SMP) is North America's largest free outdoor skatepark and is located on the western edge of downtown Calgary. It’s a highly valued recreation space for Calgary youth and adults. This park first opened in September 2000 and has over 35,000 visitors every year. The park features 75,000 square feet of skateable surface and has operated as a 24-hour park since it was built 15 years ago.

    More information on skateboarding in Calgary.

    Submitted by Corinna Baxter, Parks
  • Registration now open: Adventure starts with spring and summer recreation programs 23 February 2015 It’s official – warm weather is around the corner, and with it comes The City of Calgary Spring & Summer Recreation Program Guide. While there are more than 6,000 opportunities available, here are our top six recommendations so you and your family can reach this year’s summer adventure quota.


    1. Warm weather is a great time to check out our Glenmore Sailing School. Learn to Cruise is a two-week intensive introductory course to sailing which will have you enjoying the summer sun out on the water (there’s nothing wrong with getting a little wet)! 
    2. Many Calgarians spend spring and summer exploring the Rocky Mountains. Why not prep the family beforehand with rock climbing lessons? Or better yet – drop-in sessions for the family are available at all of our rock climbing walls.
    3. As the popularity of skateboarding continues to rise, so do the opportunities for your young ‘pro-skaters.’ This year, we are offering skateboard lessons for ages 6 to 17. There is also Skateboard Art School and the ‘uber-cool’ and oh-so affordable, One Push Skateboarding day camps. 
    4. Nothing says adventure like superheroes! Our arts centres offer Cartoons & Comics For Youth, or take Drawing & Painting for Families to create (literally) your adventure together. 
    5. By no means do we live in a tropical country, but with the warm weather we can sure pretend! To best do so, register for Latin Rhythms. This latest fitness craze will get your heart-pumping, and your feet- a-dancing. Then take your Latin moves onto the deck - it’s time to celebrate the season! 
    6. Lastly, nothing says nice weather in Calgary more than seeing golfers on the green! Join us for the Family Beginner Series or if you are an avid golfer at any City-owned golf courses, new this season, we are offering a Loyalty Program which lets you golf more for less.
    Don’t delay - registration starts today. Visit calgary.ca/recreation to register. Looking for more adventure ideas? Customize your own adventure with My Rec Guide.

    Submitted by Lisa Fleece, Recreation
  • New banners brighten downtown bridges 19 February 2015 The next time you’re in Calgary’s Centre City, look up. Seven of the downtown bridges and Olympic Plaza have recently been outfitted with colourful new banners by local artist Karen Klassen.

    The banners, commissioned through The City of Calgary’s Centre City Banner Program, and in partnership with Public Art, highlight moments of discovery as told through six of Grimm’s fairy tales.

    “In each of these fairy tales there is an epic moment of discovery for the characters that changes the course of their lives,” Klassen says. “I see the bridges that span our rivers as opportunities for discovery within the neighbourhoods they lead us to.”

    Klassen’s fascination with the fairy tales began at an early age. For this project, she chose to focus on six specific tales: Ashputtel, Briar Rose, Iron Hans, The Golden Bird, Snowdrop and Jorinde and Joringel.

    “The richness, texture and detail included on the banners can be viewed and appreciated from a variety of scales, whether a person is walking, cycling or driving into downtown,” says Graham Gerylo, Project Manager, Centre City Implementation.

    Since the Centre City Banner Program began in 2008, a dozen local artists have been commissioned to provide artwork specifically for use on the Olympic Plaza pergola and key gateway bridges leading into the greater downtown area. You can find the banners on the 14 Street, 10 Street, Centre Street, Langevin (Edmonton Trail), Zoo, Inglewood (9 Avenue) and MacDonald bridges.

    Visit calgary.ca/centrecity for more information and to view past and present artwork. More of Klassen’s work can be seen at karenklassen.com.


    About Calgary’s Centre City

    Calgary’s Centre City is the economic, cultural and social hub of our city, home to more than 6,000 businesses, 39,000 Calgarians, 25 public parks and hundreds of events and festivals. In 2007, City Council approved The Centre City Plan, a comprehensive and strategic long-term vision for the future of this area. Calgary’s Centre City includes the Downtown Core, Downtown West, Eau Claire, Chinatown East Village, Beltline and Stampede Park.
  • City explores allowing secondary suites in four inner-city wards 17 February 2015 City Council has requested administration to report back about possible changes to the Land Use Bylaw to allow secondary suites in R1 areas located in Wards 7, 8, 9 and 11. The changes would eliminate the need for single family home owners to apply for a Land Use Redesignation, which typically takes six months before City Council reviews the application during a regular public hearing.

    Secondary suites include those within a house, such as a basement suite, as well as those separate from a house, such as an above-garage suite or a garden suite.

    These proposed Land Use Bylaw amendments will likely be brought to the Calgary Planning Commission in March 2015. Then, a City Council public hearing is expected to take place in late spring before a decision is made.




    “We want the public to be informed about the proposed changes and what they might mean,” says Lesley Kalmakoff, City planner with Planning Development & Assessment. “That’s why we’re holding four information sessions in February and March for anyone to attend. We’ll also go over the requirements to apply and construct a legal and safe secondary suite.”

    For more information, visit calgary.ca/secondarysuites or calgary.ca/engage.

    Information Sessions

    Saturday, February 28
    The Alexandra Centre Society
    922 9 Ave SE
    (Ward 9)
    Time: noon to 4 p.m.

    Sunday, March 1
    Killarney Community Hall
    2828 28th St SW
    (Ward 8)
    Time: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

    Monday, March 2
    The Military Museums of Calgary
    4520 Crowchild Trail SW
    (Ward 11)
    Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 4
    Fort Calgary
    750 9 Ave SE
    (Ward 7)
    Time: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Celebrate Flag Day: The Canadian Flag turns 50! 15 February 2015 February 15 marks 50 years since the first official Canadian flag was raised on Parliament Hill in 1965. Since then, the Canadian flag has been used in countless Canadian celebrations and occasions, both at home and abroad. In 1996, February 15 was proclaimed National Flag Day of Canada and has been observed every year since. In celebration of the anniversary of the Canadian Flag, Mayor Nenshi has proclaimed February 15, 2015 as “50th Anniversary of the National Flag Day”.

    The Canadian Flag was the result of a search by the Government of Canada in 1964 to find a design that truly represented Canada. Thousands of designs were submitted by Canadians and reviewed by a committee who recommended the single maple leaf, with the red and white design to Parliament.



    The winning flag was selected because of its simplicity, the use of Canada’s official national colours, and because Canadian troops and athletes were already using the maple leaf as an emblem on their uniforms when representing Canada abroad, marking it as a symbol of Canadian identity and pride.
    The motion to adopt this design passed on December 15, 1964 and was officially proclaimed as our National Flag by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on January 28, 1965.

    Citizens are encouraged to participate and celebrate the Canadian flag, a symbol of our identity and a source of pride. Suggestions for celebrations are available on www.canada.ca/flagday. You can also participate by sharing your own photo, video or story on social media using the hashtag #Flag50.
  • Tree pruning and removal - what do the tree markings mean? 13 February 2015 Ever wonder what different markings and flags on City trees represent? Due to the September 2014 snow event and the work still needed to help our urban forest recover, you may see more of these markings on trees around the city.



     Here’s what the different tree markings mean:
    • Yellow ribbons – this flagging is a way for us to indicate a tree needs further pruning. Pruning ensures the tree seals itself off from decay and is less susceptible to pests.
    • Pink dots on the trunk - if the tree must be removed, pink dots will be spray painted on the trunk. 
    • Red sign posted on the trunk – as the removal date gets closer, a sign will be placed on the tree. The sign informs the adjacent property owner, as well as the community, what is happening and when. 
    Each tree is individually assessed, and we consider all other options before we remove a tree. To replace the tree, we first look at putting it in the same location. If that is not possible, we will look at nearby parks or other nearby locations so there’s no net canopy loss in a community. In rare instances, a tree may be removed without signage if it is failing and may be a public safety hazard.

    Many years to recover

    We estimate 50 per cent of Calgary’s 500,000 public trees were damaged. This means the recovery from the event will take many years, but we will make well-informed decisions using feedback from public engagement. This will benefit communities and lead to the restoration and recovery of Calgary’s urban forest.

    Be sure to follow our progress by visiting www.calgary.ca/trees or on Twitter and Facebook. Any questions regarding the status of a tree can be directed to 311.

    Submitted by Allison Fifield, Parks
  • City partnership successful at reducing youth crime, gang involvement 11 February 2015

    Today, The City released results from an independent study that confirm the Youth at Risk Development (YARD) program is reducing criminal activity and gang involvement among Calgary youth.

    Launched in 2008, at-risk youth aged 10 to 17 are paired with social workers and police officers who provide mentorship and support.

    “Knowing that our combined effort is making a difference in the lives of young Calgarians affirms that we are on the right path,” said Katie Black, Acting Director, Community & Neighbourhood Services.

    The study sites a 41 per cent decrease in criminal charges among participants compared to youth not involved in the program.

    “Investment in early intervention pays off tenfold, not only because the kids choose a path out of crime, but they also become productive adults. YARD works,” said Calgary Police Service Deputy Chief Trevor Daroux.

    Visit Calgary.ca/YouthJustice to download a referral form for the program or view a full summary of the study results.
  • Taking taxi safety seriously 6 February 2015 We are committed to the safety of both taxi passengers and drivers in Calgary. Calgary’s taxi fleet is composed of 4,500 licensed drivers who recorded over eight million trips this past year.

    To help ensure the safest cab ride possible, we implemented cameras and GPS tracking in 2013. In 2014, our Livery Transport Services held five hearings associated with sexually inappropriate behaviour, discussions or unwanted touching of a passenger. This constituted a 55 per cent drop in sexually related offence complaints since the mandatory installation of security cameras.

    Calgary’s taxis regulated to ensure customer safety

    Taxi regulations include driver criminal checks, driver training, vehicle inspections, commercial automobile insurance, keeping service records and meter accuracy checks.

    Tips to ensure a safe taxi ride:
    • When hailing a taxi, be sure the driver and vehicle are licensed. Look for a taxi plate on the rear bumper of the vehicle. 
    • The driver’s badge should be posted in a visible location and is typically placed on the passenger side visor. If you are not able to see it, you can ask to see it.
    • Whenever you get into a taxi, take note of the cab number and company. Knowing these numbers will help you track down lost items or if you want to share a compliment or concern about your ride.
    Taxi compliments and concerns can be reported online using an easy form.

    Submitted by Carissa Vescio, Animal & Bylaw Services
  • McKnight Boulevard study live chat 5 February 2015 The City is conducting a study for McKnight Boulevard from Deerfoot Trail to Stoney Trail to help improve traffic flow, reduce travel times, and reduce the frequency and severity of collisions.

    Since November 2013, the project team has worked collaboratively with area stakeholders and citizens to identify opportunities for traffic optimization, and to determine the feasibility of adding High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in the study area.

    View Comments from our live chat that took place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on February 4

    Live Blog McKnight Boulevard Study Chat 2
     



    View Comments from our live chat that took place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on February 4

    Live Blog McKnight Boulevard Study Chat 1
     
  • Canadian Tire Jumpstart Games help level the playing field 5 February 2015 We are partnering with Canadian Tire Jumpstart to host an event for 150 grade 4, 5 and 6 students today. Two schools will participate in the event, targeting children from low income families.

    An opening rally will kick off the day, which includes broomball, skating, hay rides and a visit from the Calgary Fire Department and Calgary Police Service. Kids are invited to climb aboard a fire truck or meet Honey, a member of the Accelerant Detection Canine Unit.

    Outdoor fire pits are a place to warm up and learn about Calgary’s natural environment from our Parks specialists.

    A chance to be active

    Unfortunately, one in three Canadian families cannot afford to enroll their kids in organized sports or physical activity. This event helps level the playing field, offering more youth a chance to be active.

    “The goal is to give kids who might not otherwise have the opportunity a chance to participate in sport and have fun,” says Heather Cowie, Manager of Recreation East Region, City of Calgary.

    What is Jumpstart?


    Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a registered charity dedicated to removing financial barriers so kids across Canada have the opportunity to get off the sidelines and into the game.

    The national program works with volunteers and community partners across Canada to give kids between the ages of four and 18 the chance to participate in sport. More than just a way to stay active, learn new skills and have fun, Jumpstart helps build confidence and leadership skills, while fostering productivity and creativity.

    An important partnership

    We’ve been working with Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart Charity to offer children from low income families the chance to participate in sport since 2008. Jumpstart provides support by funding Recreation’s Fee Assistance Program and sponsoring events, day camps and programs like Jumpstart I Love to Skate and I Love Soccer.

    “We’re thrilled for the opportunity to partner with Jumpstart,” says Cowie. “Our mandate to provide accessible recreation aligns perfectly with Jumpstart’s vision and we’re happy to offer the use of our facilities and staff to help support the program.”

    Learn more about The City's Fee Assistance for Recreation program and community partnerships.

    Submitted by Jessica Ranger, Recreation

  • Need a cab? How about a limousine as an option? 5 February 2015
    We are looking for your help to make getting a cab in Calgary easier. 

    Bylaw amendments are being looked at to allow limousines to offer on-demand service during peak period times and we want your input.


    The Taxi and Limousine Advisory Committee is holding an information session to discuss the proposed bylaw amendments and gather your input to help improve service quality in the taxi and limousine industry.

    Limousine Bylaw Amendment Information SessionWhen: Thursday, Feb.  5 , from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    Where: Clarion Hotel (2120 16 Avenue N.E.)


    Give your feedback in person or on line

    The feedback garnered at the information session will be reviewed and considered when we share our recommendations to Council.

    Can’t attend the information session? Make sure to have your say by checking out our online presentation and filling out our survey at the end.

    If you have a compliment or concern related to taxis or limousines contact us online through 311.

    Learn more about the taxi and limousine industry in Calgary.

    Submitted by Carissa Vescio, Animal & Bylaw Services
  • Come to our ice skating party at Bowness Park 4 February 2015 Have you been to the new and improved Bowness Park yet? On Saturday, Feb. 7, you are invited to a skating party to celebrate the park’s re-opening after a major redevelopment and recovery from the 2013 flood.

    The party, happening between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., is being hosted by The City of Calgary and the Bowness Community Association.

    Come out and enjoy a skate around the amazing lagoon, take in a horse-drawn wagon ride, tap your feet to live local music from the Bownesians, and indulge in free hot chocolate and munchies while supplies last. Officials from The City of Calgary and Province of Alberta will give brief speeches at noon.

    Free skate rentals

    No skates? No problem! KidSport will be at the party with free skate rentals for Calgarians who don’t have skates on hand.

    We look forward to seeing you there! Join our Facebook event to receive updates and invite your friends.

    Bowness Park Redevelopment

    Our goal with the redevelopment is to strengthen park visitors’ relationship with water, both with the river and the lagoon, in summer and winter. The large deck overlooking the lagoon allows for better access for skating and boating. And there is now an accessible pathway that runs along the edge of the Bow River.

    “The Bowness Park redevelopment was designed to celebrate the rich history of the park and enhance park visitors’ experience,” states Michelle Reid, cultural landscape lead for Parks. “This park is very popular with Calgarians and we wanted to enhance it for visitors now and in the future.”

    Now that the redevelopment is mostly complete, with 75 per cent of the park open to the public, Bownesians and Calgarians alike will be able to enjoy Bowness Park’s charm once again. Final touches of the redevelopment will happen in 2015/2016 with the installation of the restored mini train and construction of a new wading pool.

    More information on Bowness Park and the redevelopment project.

    Submitted by Corinna Baxter, Parks

  • Interact with City staff online to learn about McKnight Boulevard study 4 February 2015
    The City is conducting a study for McKnight Boulevard from Deerfoot Trail to Stoney Trail (see map of study area) to help improve traffic flow, reduce travel times, and reduce the frequency and severity of collisions.

    Since November 2013, the project team has worked collaboratively with area stakeholders and citizens to identify opportunities for traffic optimization, and to determine the feasibility of adding High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in the study area.

    Recommendations from the study focus on improvements to 12 Street N.E. and the 2015 widening of McKnight Boulevard. See details of how we arrived at the recommendations for the 19 Street and Barlow Trail intersections, and for High Occupancy Vehicle lanes online.

    There are three ways that you can participate:

    1. Review the slideshow available on calgary.ca/mcknight.
    2. Participate in one of two Live Chat sessions on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    3. Email questions or comments to the project team at mcknightstudy@calgary.ca until Feb. 9, 2015.
    This study was implemented under the Transportation Corridor Study Policy, providing a more consistent, open, and collaborative approach to stakeholder and citizen engagement for corridor studies.

    Visit calgary.ca/mcknight to learn about the study recommendations and next steps.
  • Winter Walk Day: Small steps towards improved health 2 February 2015 Walking is the easiest activity you can do to improve your health.

    Walking outdoors for as little as five minutes boosts energy.
    February 4 is Winter Walk Day in Canada and we would like to invite you to take part.

    Every year, this country-wide initiative encourages Canadians to walk outdoors for a minimum of 15 minutes.

    “Our facilities are very keen to host organized walks. Sometimes just getting a group together motivates people and of course, is more fun,” says Heather Cowie, manager of Recreation’s east region for The City of Calgary.

    Walk with friends or family

    “It’s a great opportunity to get fresh air, exercise and spend time with friends or family.”

    The benefits of walking extend beyond our daily physical activity requirements; walking helps our cardiovascular health just as much as our mental health. Research suggests walking outdoors for as little as five minutes can boost one’s energy and outlook.

    Tell us your story using #yycwalk hashtag

    “Activity levels tend to drop in the winter. Winter Walk Day reminds us that we can and should stay active during the winter too,” adds Cowie.

    More information and locations for City of Calgary Winter Walks.

    Be sure to share your story on social media with Mayor Nenshi using hashtag #yycwalk. Post your photos and videos also!

    Take Mayor Nenshi’s Walk Challenge!

    Submitted by Lisa Fleece, Recreation
  • 1 Street S.W. underpass enhancements begin 23 January 2015
    Artist’s rendering of design of new look walkway
     January 26 will see the start of construction on enhancements to the 1 Street S.W. underpass to provide greater safety and comfort for users of the underpass pedestrian walkways.

    A number of safety and comfort issues were identified at the underpass including poor lighting, water drainage problems, uneven sidewalks and general deterioration of the underpass structure. Through a collaborative design process, enhancements were developed for both the underpass structure and the pedestrian environment extending from 9 to 10 Avenue S.W., including improved lighting, new sidewalks and guardrails, integrated art and wayfinding elements, water mitigation and painting of retaining walls and structure beams.

    “The 1 Street S.W. underpass enhancement project is part of a broader underpass improvement program being implemented by The City to improve the pedestrian environment and underpass connections between the Beltline and downtown communities,” said Graham Gerylo, Centre City Implementation Project Manager. “The 1 Street S.W. underpass was prioritized for enhancement because it has the highest pedestrian use of all Centre City underpasses (9,500 pedestrians per day), was identified by community stakeholders as an important gateway connection, and in recognition of its significance as a heritage structure.”

    The budget for this project is $3.8 million and it’s anticipated that the enhancements will be completed by the summer of 2015.

    “Calgary Downtown Association is very excited about seeing improvements to the various underpasses in the centre city, starting with 1 Street,” said Maggie Schofield, Executive Director of Calgary Downtown Association. “Underpass improvements are extremely worthwhile investments toward a safer, more inviting space that we are pleased to support, both as a stakeholder, and financially.”

    1 Street SW underpass from 9 Avenue
    “This has been a great collaborative effort involving many groups and organizations in working towards the enhancement of a very well-used pedestrian corridor and important connector to downtown.”

    This project will result in some underpass pedestrian and road restrictions and closures. Starting Sunday, January 25, the west side pedestrian walkway of the 1 Street S.W. underpass will be closed between 9 Avenue and 10 Avenue until the enhancements on the west side are completed. During this time, pedestrians will need to use the east side pedestrian walkway. One lane of southbound vehicle traffic will also be closed during construction on the west side.

    When the enhancements on the west side are completed and it is opened to the public, the east side pedestrian walkway (as well as one lane of southbound vehicle traffic) will be closed until those enhancements are finished.

    For more details about the project, go to calgary.ca/1stunderpass.

  • What to do about those windrows 23 January 2015 What is a windrow?

    Fortunately, this winter Calgary hasn’t seen too many snowfalls. However, we have been hearing some concerns about the snow that is there and want to address them.

    According to The City’s Snow and Ice Control Policy, crews are mandated to maintain the driving lane on residential streets to a safe, reasonable winter driving condition. Crews do this by “flat-blading,” turning the blade under a sander downward to flatten the snow to a hard pack so it is easier to drive on.

    While this is good for motorists, the snow left over after crews have flat-bladed, can create some extra work for property owners. The reason is because flat-blading causes a continuous a build up of snow along the side of a roadway, also known a  windrow that can be difficult to remove, especially if left too long.

    There is a windrow in front of my driveway, who’s clearing it?

    The clearing of windrows in front of driveways left by snow plowing equipment is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner, much like sidewalk shovelling. Plow operators make every attempt to keep driveways clear or keep windrows as small as possible, but any spillage that does occur is the responsibility of the property owner.

    What does The City do about windrows?

    City forces do their best to keep windrows small by evenly distributing the snow on either side of the road, however, after heavy snowfalls windrows can build up. If a windrow is taller than 30 centimetres and impeding a resident’s ability to enter their driveway a crew can come by and assess the windrow and remove if required.

    Citizens should contact 311 if they have concerns about a windrow.

    Visit calgary.ca/snow for more information on how The City clears snow.

 


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