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  • City of Calgary Awarded 100 Resilient Cities Challenge 25 May 2016
    This morning Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Acting City Manager Brad Stevens announced Calgary’s official membership in an international group of cities in the The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Global Network Challenge. Watch the video below as Mayor Nenshi and Brad Stevens speak with the media about this great opportunity and what it means for Calgary.





  • Free dog recall training: Train your dog to come when called 24 May 2016 A reliable recall, or the “come” command, is by far the most important thing to teach your dog and often the most difficult to train. Every spring and summer, we provide free dog recall training sessions from a certified professional dog trainer to help you and your dog.

    Join Joyce Walkerdine, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, at Bowmont Off-Leash Park on June 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn helpful tips.

    There are a limited number of spots so we recommend registering early for this free opportunity.  Registration for the event opens on Tuesday, May 24.

    Total Recall

    Whether in an on- or off-leash area, your dog needs to be under your control at all times. As a result of working together during the session and your practice outside of class, you and your dog will become more of a team in off-leash areas.

    Training helps to improve the human/animal bond, it enforces positive interactions at dog parks, and helps owners by giving them the techniques they need to minimize undesirable dog behaviours and encourage appropriate behaviour.

    The dog recall events also include: free nail trimming, dog behaviour coaching and pet first aid. Pet owners will also be able to renew their animal licence(s).

    Off-Leash Ambassador Program

    This event is being offered as part of our Off-Leash Ambassador program, a volunteer-led approach to help promote and educate people about responsible pet ownership.

    For more information about responsible pet ownership, upcoming Off-Leash Ambassador events or how to register to become an Off-Leash Ambassador, visit http://bit.ly/YYCOffLeash. You can also follow us on Facebook for updates.

    Submitted by Dustin Rogers, Calgary Community Standards


  • Long weekend construction closures: May 20-23, 2016 20 May 2016 Construction in full swing this long-weekend

    Roads Construction work is an essential part in keeping Calgary’s roadways safe and in good condition. As construction zones are work spaces that often require lower speeds and narrowed lanes to maintain safety, motorists are reminded to slow down in construction zones or avoid these areas if possible.

    While construction has been happening in our city for few months already, thanks to this year’s mild winter, the May long-weekend is officially the beginning of construction season.

    In addition to some ongoing large infrastructure projects such as the Trans Canada Highway/ Bowfort Road N.W. Interchange, the Glenmore Trail and Ogden Road S.E. Interchange, Crowchild/Flanders Avenue Interchange , Macleod Trail / 162 Avenue S Interchange and the Government of Alberta’s Ivor Strong Bridge Rehabilitation on Deerfoot Trail S.E., there will be a number of smaller projects happening throughout Calgary this weekend that could have an impact on your commute.

    Northeast
    • The ramps from southbound 36 Street N.E. and Sunridge Way N.E. to westbound 16 Avenue N.E. will be closed for four hours starting at 10 p.m. this Saturday, May 21 for road construction.
    • The ramps from eastbound 16 Avenue N.E. to northbound and southbound 36 Street N.E. will be closed from 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 to 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 22 for road construction.
    • The left lane of both northbound and southbound Edmonton Trail N.E. are closed from 4 Avenue N.E. to 8 Avenue N.E. from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. A similar closure occurs from 8 Avenue to 16 Avenue N.E. from 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 22. These closures accommodates construction.
    Northwest
    • 13 Avenue N.W. will be closed at Centre Street N beginning at 8 p.m. tonight (May 20). During this closure, the southbound lanes of Centre Street N will be closed at 13 Avenue N.W. and a two-way setup will be in place in the northbound lanes. This closure remains in place until 5 a.m. on Monday, May 23 and accommodates construction.
    • 5 Avenue N.W. will be closed between Crowchild Trail N.W. and 23 Street N.W. beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. This closure remains in place until 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 22 and accommodates utility work.
    Southeast
    • 84 Street S.E. will be closed at 50 Avenue S.E. beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. This closure continues until 6 p.m. on Monday, May 23 and accommodates railway crossing work.
    • 3 Street S.E. will be closed between 6 Avenue and 9 Avenue S.E. beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. This closure continues until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24 and accommodates Transit work.
    • 6 Avenue S.E. will be closed between 4 and 5 Streets S.E. beginning at 7 p.m. tonight (May 20). During this closure the right lane and adjacent sidewalk of northbound 4 Street S.E. will be closed at 6 Avenue S.E. This closure continues until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24 and accommodates Transit work.
    • The right lane of eastbound 26 Avenue S.E. will be closed east of 11 Street S.E. beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. This closure continues to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 22 and accommodates construction.

    Southwest
    • Eastbound 10 Avenue S.W. will be closed with a two-way setup in the westbound lanes between 7 Street and 8 Street S.W. beginning at 9 a.m. tonight (May 20). This closure accommodates Water Services work and remains in place until 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 22.
    • 10 Avenue S.W. will be closed between 5 Street S.W. and 6 Street S.W. from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 for utility work.
    • Northbound 11 Street S.W. will be closed and the southbound lanes reduced to a single lane between 8 Avenue and 9 Avenue S.W. starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. During this closure, the two left lanes of 9 Avenue S.W. will be closed at 11 Street S.W. This closure remains in place until 7 p.m. on Monday, May 23 and accommodates utility work.
    For more information or to see all the road/lane closures happening this weekend, visit calgary.ca/trafficinfo
  • Planning for change within Calgary's hidden gem, Millican-Ogden 19 May 2016 Tucked away above the Bow River in southeast Calgary, Millican-Ogden is one of Calgary's oldest communities. It was originally built to house Canadian Pacific Rail workers. Over time, Millican-Ogden developed into the established residential community that it is today, with a rich variety of housing types, commercial developments, and park spaces. For many, Millican-Ogden is a "hidden gem" within the city, and interestingly, in some ways that's how residents want to keep it.

    The Green Line will be coming to Millican-Ogden with two LRT stations to be located within the community. These new stations will bring the area lots of attention. It is inevitable that people traveling through the community will start to see the unique amenities it offers and its enviable location. This will no doubt spur significant redevelopment interest in the community.

    To get ahead of development pressures and to plan for change, my team and I are leading the development of the new Millican-Ogden Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP). It is a document that will outline a vision for the future of the community and include policies to guide redevelopment to achieve this vision.

    Last year, community members got together for a series of workshops. They mapped out ideas and a vision of the future of the area. My job is to continue that work with community members, City departments, landowners and others to develop a plan to implement these ideas and to identify local improvements that can be made to the area to benefit existing and future residents. The new ARP we are developing will include up to date policies to facilitate transit-oriented development that is sensitive to the local neighborhood.



    What has struck me most while talking to Millican-Ogden residents is the commitment and passion they have for their community. Many of them have lived in the community for decades and it is common for children who grew up in the neighborhood to move back to Millican-Ogden to start their own families. The community offers so many unique resources and supports for its residents and is inclusive and welcoming of people of all ages and incomes.

    Like many communities of its age, Millican-Ogden could benefit from new investment and residents are excited about the Green Line and the opportunities it will bring with it. When a “hidden gem” such as this is discovered by so many people, it can be both good and bad for the community. They will recognize its many positive attributes and want to become part of it too. My job is to make sure that redevelopment in the Millican-Ogden enhances and contributes to the community's unique character and facilitates positive change in the lives of residents who have called Millican-Ogden home for generations.


    The post is written by Jill Sonego, Lead Planner for Millican-Ogden station area planning. To learn more about the ARP, the public is invited to attend an open house on June 22 from 5-8 p.m. at Banting and Best School (1819 66 Avenue S.E.), or visit Calgary.ca/ogdenstn.
  • Calgary.ca’s paving page gets a makeover 19 May 2016 The City is launching a new online tool to help Calgarians learn where and when paving is being done.

    The new map will help citizens easily identify paving work.

    This year, those who are interested in finding out where crews will be paving will notice a new user experience on Calgary.ca/paving – an interactive map highlighting Contracted and City Pavement Rehabilitation locations and micro surfacing projects.

    As part of The City’s commitment to improving our user experience, the map was developed with the hope of improving transparency and helping to highlight The City of Calgary Roads Construction Division’s 2016 paving projects. The system pulls information from The City’s geographic information system and displays it on an easy–to-read map.

    The City of Calgary has over 127 paving jobs planned for 2016, covering 271 lane kilometres. 70 per cent of the work will take place on major roads with the other 30 per cent in residential areas. In some areas, work has already begun on concrete repairs prior to paving.

    The City of Calgary and its contracted partners are currently scheduling these projects between now until the end of October. Residents are reminded that the rehabilitation of a roadway involves several different steps, and can take up to eight weeks to complete.

    Prior to road work, citizens will be required to remove their cars and will be notified via signs placed on the road at least 12 hours prior to paving. The street will be milled, manholes will be levelled and the road will then be paved.

    For a detailed description of this work, see our paving steps brochure

    Please keep in mind that every effort is made to adhere to construction schedules, however complications due to weather and equipment can sometimes cause delays.

    For information on The City of Calgary’s 2016 paving projects, and to see the new paving map in action, visit Calgary.ca/paving

    For information on The City of Calgary’s concrete programs, visit Calgary.ca/concrete

    For information on The City of Calgary’s micro surfacing program, visit Calgary.ca/microsurfacing
  • Calgary and Edmonton teens set to compete this weekend in Cadet Games 13 May 2016
    More than 50 Fire and Police Cadets from Calgary and Edmonton will be competing to survive this weekend in Bragg Creek at the 2nd annual Cadet Games, May 13-15, 2016. Alberta teens, aged 15 to 19, will vie for their cadet program to win the most outdoor emergency challenges during the three day event at Camp Horizon. 

    “We are really excited to participate in another Cadet Games,” said Calgary Fire Cadets Program. Coordinator Ashton Sykes. Last year, the first-ever Alberta Cadet Games were held in Edmonton.

    “Not only are we happy to have the chance to host our friends from Edmonton this year, it is another great opportunity for both Police and Fire Cadet Programs to get together and learn from each other.” 

    Calgary Fire Cadets, who must be 15 to 18 years old and enrolled in local high school, can apply for the 18 month program if they have an interest in learning leadership as well as basic firefighting and emergency response skills. The group of 12 Calgary Fire Cadets will join 14 Calgary Police and 28 Edmonton Police and Fire Cadets for this weekend’s games. Each cadet team will compete in a series of challenges, starting with a tug of war after the opening ceremonies on Friday night and ending with an obstacle or challenge course, on Sunday.  The team with the most points will be declared the winner at the closing ceremonies.

    To participate in the Games, teens must be part of either the Calgary or Edmonton Fire or Police Cadets. The Calgary Fire Cadets program begins accepting applications in September. To learn more about the Program, those interested are encouraged to register for Bucket Brigade Camps in July and August; week-long day camps for 14-18 year olds to experience a variety of firefighting skills and achieve CPR and fire extinguisher certifications.
  • YYSee showcases young artists 12 May 2016 The 29th Annual Children’s Art Exhibition is underway until May 19 in the atrium of the Municipal Building.  More than 100 pieces of art by some of Calgary’s up and coming young artists, aged 3 to 17, are on display for everyone to enjoy. Admission is free.

    Featured this year are works of art that bring together youthful creativity and transform it into mediums such as painting, cartooning, clay sculpture, pen and ink drawing, and mixed media. All works were created at North Mount Pleasant and Wildflower Arts Centres.

    “Our annual exhibition provides the opportunity to showcase our young artists’ work,” says Jody Williams, supervisor at North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre.

    “Since its inception, this art show has featured more than 4,200 young artists and been exhibited in some of Calgary’s art galleries and venues. We never tire of seeing the public marvel at children’s artistic ability and limitless imaginations.”

    This year’s exhibition, dubbed YYSee, is a lively spin-off of our city/airport code. It encourages everyone to come out and ‘see’ the hard work that goes into these pieces, and experience firsthand the abundance of Calgary’s rich cultural scene.

    For more details on our arts programs, contact the North Mount Pleasant or Wildflower Arts Centres, or see our online Spring/Summer Recreation Program Guide or pick up a copy at any Calgary Recreation facility.


  • Warm weather means summer road maintenance starts early this year 11 May 2016
    Earlier this week, crews finished sweeping the final Spring Clean-Up routes. Between March and the beginning of May, over 15,000 lane kilometres were swept with over 18,000 cubic meters of material collected.

    With Spring Clean-up now complete, Roads crews are getting to work on summer maintenance activities. These include:
    • Repairs to sidewalks, curbs and gutters, guard rails, fences, and concrete barriers
    • Repairs to roadway surfaces, such as cracks, manholes, potholes, and sinkholes
    • Inspecting, grading and repairing gravel lanes
    • Maintaining over 1,400 hectares of boulevard green space along major roadways
    • Summer sweeping – continued road cleaning where needed throughout the summer

    Although summer maintenance work typically begins in mid-June, warm weather means crews will get an early start this year.

    “Summer maintenance work is incredibly important,” said Roads Maintenance Manager Bill Biensch. “Once the streets have been swept, we spend the summer focusing on keeping Calgary roads safe for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists. Please watch for crews and give them plenty of room to work this summer as they repair streets, sidewalks, gutters and back lanes.”

    Boulevard maintenance includes monthly mowing, spraying for weeds, and pest management.  Crews also respond to concerns about long grass, dandelions and other weeds. If you see litter along a boulevard, report it to 311 so that crews can clean it up.

    All gravel lanes in Calgary will be inspected, and those requiring maintenance will be graded and
    repaired. Issues that crews will be looking for include severe drainage issues, low or high manholes, excavation issues, and sinkholes.

    Help crews by paying attention to signs in your community. Remove vehicles, bins, and any other obstacles from the street or gravel lane when crews are working.

    Visit the Roads Maintenance Page or contact 311for more information about summer maintenance activities.
  • Six new public art projects to watch for in Calgary 11 May 2016 We'd like to congratulate the latest group of talented artists who will be completing six upcoming public art projects in Calgary:

    1. Street Art Program for Youth

    This program engages students in a supportive environment and promotes the practice of safe and respectful urban muralism.

    Lead artist AJA Louden developed the 2016 program curriculum and is joined by professional artist, Dan Bergeron who will lead participants in the first site mural in 2016. The mural will be located along the 61st Avenue S.W. corridor between Chinook Centre and Chinook CTrain station. Professional artist Sergey Ryutin will lead youth for the second project in 2016, located in Thomson Family Park.

    Students are guided by professional artists and learn art-making skills that add to the vibrant urban life of our city. They gain an understanding of what it means to be working to meet the needs of a commissioning body and contributing to the larger community through their creativity.

    2. Manhole Covers

    More than 12,000 km of underground pipes travel beneath our city streets, servicing water, stormwater and wastewater. Hidden from view, this massive network is accessible through more than 200,000 manhole covers across Calgary. Through regular maintenance, we replace approximately 2,000 manhole covers each year.

    Artists Jeff Kulak (Vancouver) and Ivan Ostapenko (Calgary) have been selected to create new manhole cover designs that represent, express and reveal each of the distinct, hidden systems of water, wastewater, and stormwater.

    Look out for their new designs which will be incorporated into the replacement cover program and will be fabricated from this year onward.

    3. Prairie Winds Park Public Art Project

    We have hired Incipio Modo, an artist collective, to create a permanent public art project at the redeveloped Prairie Winds Park. Incipio Modo is comprised of Calgary-based sculptors Danira Miralda and Edward Beltran.

    They produce both abstract and figurative work in a wide variety of materials. The duo have experience in producing site-specific sculpture for public and private spaces of varying sizes and complexities, both in the built and natural environments.

    4. WATERSHED+ Dynamic Environment Lab

    Five artists have been chosen to develop concepts to renew the emotional connections between Calgarians and their watershed. They will explore the impacts of our continuously shifting environment, connect with experts, and build relationships with the local arts community over the next two years.

    The five artists are: Steve Gurysh; Tim Knowles; Becky Shaw; Stokley Towles; and Peter Von Tiesenhousen.

    Each artist was given six weeks to submit a concept proposal and a seven-member jury selection panel has invited each artist to move forward with further researching, exploring and implementing these concepts.

    5. West Eau Claire – Phase I

    As part of Calgary’s downtown riverfront, West Eau Claire Park is one of the most well-loved public spaces in Calgary. Defining the edge of the Centre City, people of all ages and backgrounds come together to enjoy the river and open spaces.

    Phase I of the West Eau Claire Park Public Realm Plan is focused on the Delta Garden, located south of the iconic Peace Bridge, which will integrate public art into the pathway design. Calgary-based artists Cailtind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garret were chosen to create a design for the pathways.

    They work with diverse mediums and materials, ranging from artificial light to re-appropriated architectural debris. Comprehensive community engagement with area residents, stakeholders and citizens from around Calgary led to a plan that aims to build on the river’s inherent qualities to create an inspiring public park representing modern Calgary.

    6. Utility Boxes along Fifth and Sixth Avenue SW corridors

    Artist Eveline Kolijn will lead 10 artist mentees in a six-week mentorship to develop 12 utility boxes on the west side of the Fifth and Sixth Avenue SW corridors. This will allow local artists to expand their skills under the guidance of and established artist.

    We developed the artist mentorship program in collaboration with Alberta Printmakers to develop new possibilities for the Utility Box program. Each mentee will receive $500 and an annual membership with Alberta Printmakers.

    Artists can apply to be part of the Utility Box Program. Visit the Facebook event for more information.


  • Three ways to discover Calgary’s path and bikeways 10 May 2016 You now have three ways to help you get the most out of your pathway and bikeway outings or, better yet, explore other areas of the 800+ kilometre system.

    And two of them give you access to real-time information on temporary closures, such as the one currently in effect as part of the controlled high-flow event.

    1. Printed Map
    New print editions of the Pathways & Bikeways map are now available for pick up at any City aquatic  or leisure centre. In addition to many new and upgraded sections of pathway since the last print in 2012, the new edition includes the protected bike lanes installed to date as part of the Downtown Cycle Track Pilot Project.

    It also identifies the sections of pathways we plow during the winter, the locations of park ‘n bike lots – ideal for exploring new areas of the system – bicycle parking sites, tips for using and sharing the network safely, and online resources to check for pathway closures and detours in real-time.

    2. Mobile App
    Download the latest version of our Bikeways & Pathways app. It’s now available for both iOS and Android devices, and provides many new and improved features based on user feedback on the earlier version.

    Improvements include GPS tracking, real-time pathway status information such as temporary closures, and a direct link to 311 to report any problem areas you may come across while out on the pathways.

    3. Online
    Like the app, the online map allows you to select from a list of 17 layers of information to make it as simple or robust as you like.  You can also see where we’ve added new links and completed lifecycle upgrades under the Pathways Lifecycle & Missing Links tab.

    Pick the format or combination of formats that works best for you, and then get out and enjoy those pathways.

    For more information on pathways and bikeways, visit us at calgary.ca/pathways.

    Submitted by Donna Bertrand, Community Services

  • City’s Spring Clean-up program to be completed ahead of schedule 5 May 2016 This year’s Spring Clean-up program is nearly complete, with crews expected to finish sweeping the final routes over the next few days. That puts the program nearly a full month ahead of schedule.

    Normally, street sweeping runs from mid April until the first week of July. This year, crews completed significant pre-sweeping in March and officially started the program on April 3 thanks to mild spring weather. Crews also swept seven days a week, an increase from four days a week last year, which increased the pace of the program. Calgary received only a few days of light rain during Spring Clean-Up, which minimized delays and actually assisted sweeping efforts in some cases.

    “With the record-breaking temperatures Calgary has experienced over the past several months, Roads Maintenance was able to start Spring Clean-up two weeks ahead of schedule,” said Roads Maintenance Manager Bill Biensch. “Combined with a reduced amount of snow and ice material place on our roadway, crews were able to reduce the time to complete the program by six weeks. I would like to thank the dedication of our sweeping crews, who adjusted to the lighter conditions to move the program ahead. Thank you to all Calgarians, who cooperated in adjusting to the advanced schedule and in removing cars and blue, black and green carts from City streets."

    This year City crews picked up close to 18,000 cubic metres of winter sanding materials, dirt and other debris from Calgary’s roads. That amount of material could fill 75,000 City of Calgary black bins. Spring Clean-up improves safety and mobility for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists by removing sanding materials and other debris that have accumulated on roads and along major sidewalks and boulevards. Finishing the program ahead of schedule also helps protect the environment by ensuring less material enters our storm drain system.

    Now that Spring Clean-up has been completed crews will focus on summer maintenance programs including pothole repairs, boulevard maintenance, and gravel lane repair.

    Although the Spring Clean-up program has finished, ongoing road maintenance and some sweeping will continue throughout summer months.

    To find out more about other City of Calgary Roads Maintenance programs, visit calgary.ca/roads or contact 311.

  • Students gain appreciation of trees on Arbour Day 5 May 2016 Thank you to the students and staff at St. Jerome School today who helped us celebrate Arbour Day and the importance of trees and green spaces in our city. Every year a different Calgary elementary schools hosts the official Arbour Day ceremony which includes the planting of a tree on that school’s grounds.

    In addition to the traditional Arbour Day tree planting and flag presentation the event featured student performances including a choir, hand bells, bucket drumming and a high school jazz band. Representatives were also on hand from the Alberta Government, the Calgary Catholic School District, the Calgary Board of Education and Tree Canada.

    Along with the official Arbour Day ceremony students in Grade One classes across Calgary will be taking home tree seedlings. These seedlings are for them to plant at home and help share some of the reasons why trees are so important, because they:
    • Help the environment: by regulating the water-cycle, preventing soil erosion and making oxygen.  
    • Conserve energy: by reducing the energy needed to heat and cool homes throughout the seasons.  
    • Build community: by making our neighborhoods beautiful, friendly, and biodiverse. 
    For more information on Arbour Day and the importance of trees in Calgary, visit calgary.ca/trees.

    Submitted by Arthur McComish, Calgary Parks
  • Volunteers remove thousands of kilograms of garbage from Calgary parks and pathways 2 May 2016 A barbecue, an iPad and a one-armed teddy bear were just a few of the many strange items found at the 49th annual Pathway and River Cleanup on May 1.

    Bike volunteers delivered extra supplies throughout the event.
    Thank you to the over 2,500 volunteers who spent Sunday morning in the beautiful sunshine collecting more than 5,000 kilograms of garbage from our parks, pathways and river banks.

    A number of interesting items were uncovered during the cleanup, including a couch, lawn mower and animal skulls.

    Relive the highlights on our Storify

    Check out photos tweeted out by volunteers during the event to see some of the weird and wonderful finds.

    Volunteers included nonprofit organizations, youth groups, community associations, City staff and even cyclists, who delivered extra supplies to volunteers during the event.

    Cleanup sponsor, TD Bank Group, had over 80 volunteers, including retired Calgary Stampeder, Jon Cornish, who helped spruce up Pearce Estate Park.
    Retired Stampeder, Jon Cornish, lent a hand
    in Pearce Estate Park.

    Get involved in #yyccleans year round

    The Pathway and River Cleanup may be over, but help is always needed. Here are some ways you can get involved in keeping Calgary clean:

    Always pick up and properly dispose of your garbage, including pet waste and cigarette butts.
    Organize a community or school cleanup using our free The Litter Cleanup Kits (TLC Kits) available at nine city locations.
    Attend a P.U.P.P.Y. event to help pitch in and pick up in our city’s off-leash areas.

    To learn more about the Pathway and River Cleanup, or to find out how you can volunteer for next year’s event, visit calgary.ca/pathwayandrivercleanup.

    Submitted by Regan Wetsch, Parks

  • New traffic calming device invented right here at The City of Calgary 29 April 2016 Creating safe streets for Calgarians to walk, bike and drive on is a top priority at The City of Calgary. The traffic calming program is meant to address existing and measurable traffic problems in a community. Community traffic studies are conducted to determine what traffic management measures can be taken to encourage safe driving by slowing down the speed of motorists.

    Senior Traffic Safety Engineer
     Tony Churchill
    All too often though, Senior Traffic Safety Engineer, Tony Churchill was getting requests for traffic calming in communities across the city that he was unable to fulfill for a variety of reasons including cost.

    “There are a lot of traffic calming measures such as curb extensions, small roundabouts and median islands that become quite cost-prohibitive due to pavement work, drainage issues and underground utilities,” Churchill said.

    So, Tony decided to come up with a solution. He looked at the geometry of many common traffic calming measures and developed an oval shaped, low profile concrete unit that could be placed in a variety of ways to create the same results of other, more expensive, traffic calming measures.

    These new traffic calming curbs are a cost-effective method that can be used to quickly address traffic calming issues.

    “The goal of the traffic calming curbs is to change the geometry of the road in a way that feels safer and also results in fewer collisions resulting in injury or fatality for all of Calgary’s road users,” Churchill said.

    Traffic Calming Curbs being installed on
    Child Avenue N.E. in Bridgeland.
    The curbs will be used to provide temporary traffic calming measures in communities where permanent solutions have not been budgeted for. They have been designed to withstand exposure to the elements and snow and ice control materials like salt and gravel and weigh over 1,700 pounds to prevent them from moving. They are also made out of yellow cement to make them easier to see and more visually appealing.

    The traffic calming curbs are currently being piloted for effectiveness. For now, The City will begin using them on roads with a 50 km/h speed limit where issues have already been identified and traffic calming is required but cannot be immediately installed due to budget or other construction constraints. Once the pilot for the curbs has been completed and standards for their use have been determined there may be more opportunity for citizens to request them in their communities.

    For more information on The City’s traffic calming program visit Calgary.ca.


  • First P.U.P.P.Y event of the summer to be held this weekend at Auburn Bay off-leash area 29 April 2016 We are hosting P.U.P.P.Y. (Pick Up Pooch's Poo Yourself) events throughout the spring and summer, beginning this Saturday, April 30 at 11 a.m. in Auburn Bay’s off-leash area.

    P.U.P.P.Y. experts will share information about dog waste, proper disposal methods and The City’s Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw. Supplies will also be available for anyone wanting to pitch in and pick up.




    With over 120,000 dogs in the city, the amount of pet waste in our parks and off-leash areascan quickly add up if owners aren’t picking up after their pets. Help keep our city pet-waste free. Always carry pet waste bags with you when walking your dog (or someone else’s) and pick up and properly dispose of your dog’s waste as soon as possible.

    Events run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us at a P.U.P.P.Y. event near you:

    April 30 - Auburn Bay off-leash Area, 55 Auburn Bay Dr. S.E.
    May 14 - Taradale off-leash area, 64 Ave. & Tarington Rd. N.E.
    June 4 - River Park
    June 11 - Bowmont Park off-leash area, 5550 85 St. N.W.
    June 18 - Nose Hill (Edgemont parking lot), Edgemont Blvd. and Shaganappi Tr. N.W.
    July 23 - Edworthy Park off-leash area, 5539 Edworthy St. S.W.
    July 30 - Nose Hill (Egdemont parking lot), Edgemont Blvd. and Shaganappi Tr. N.W.
    August 6 - Sue Higgins Park
    August 13 - Connaught Park off-leash area, 11 St. and 14 Ave. S.W.
    August 20 - Braeside off-leash area, 14 St. & 110 Ave. S.W.
    September 10 - Sandy Beach
    September 17 - Bowmont Park off-leash area, 5550 85 St. N.W.
    September 24 - Sue Higgins Park
    October 15 - Dover off-leash area, 150 Gosling Way S.E.
    October 22 - Auburn Bay off-leash area, 55 Auburn Bay Dr. S.E.

    Just the facts - 5 things you should know

    Pet waste left in our outdoor spaces isn’t just awful to look at, it’s dangerous. Here are five facts you may not know about doggy doo-doo:

    1. It’s crawling with E. coli and other harmful bacteria, like salmonella, that can cause serious illness in humans.
    2.  It often contains roundworm larvae which, if ingested by humans or pets, can lead to brain, eye and other organ damage.
    3. It’s never a good fertilizer. Its high-nutrient content is toxic to lawns and will create “hot spots” causing the grass to burn and discolour.
    4.  It attracts mice, coyotes and other wildlife into our parks and off-leash areas (they consider it a delicious snack).
    5. It doesn’t absorb into the soil, so the risk of spreading its harmful effects can linger for years.

    The dangers aren’t just outdoors. When you consider all the ways dog waste can be transmitted into your home – shoes, pets, strollers, etc. – you realize how easily you and your loved ones could be affected.



    Visit calgary.ca/PUPPY for more information.

    Submitted by Regan Wetsch, Parks
  • City Construction Crews Celebrate Earth Day 28 April 2016 City staff participated in Earth Day activities last week, organized by the general contractor at two major transportation infrastructure projects, Graham Infrastructure.

    Cleaning up at the Glenmore Trail / Ogden Road project site
    The collective green team spirit was shared across staff that participated from Graham, The City, major subcontractors (Wilco, Standard General, KLS, Lafarge, Harris Steel), project suppliers (Davidson Enman, United Rentals), and consultants (ISL, Stantec, CH2M).

    Together, the team scoured both construction areas during the morning, picking up garbage and debris while learning about environmental safety and protection.

    Clean-up at the Macleod Trail / 162 Avenue construction location
    “This was a great opportunity for The City and Graham Infrastructure to partner in an environmental emphasis and help clean up the construction sites”, said Sig Undheim, Project Manager for The City at the Glenmore Trail / Ogden Road interchange project. “Construction crews manage garbage and debris on a regular basis, but the Earth Day clean-up was a specific dedicated team focus on the project sites and surrounding area.”

    “We were very excited about being asked by Graham to take part in this Earth Day initiative,” added Kara Wolfe, City Project Manager for the Macleod Trail / 162 Avenue Interchange. “The environmental walk-about also gave us a chance to ensure that the construction sites and surrounding areas are as clean and safe as possible.”

    “This is an initiative that Graham Infrastructure has taken to reflect the company’s focus on environmental protection,” said Bryce McKay of Graham Infrastructure. “We’re glad we had the chance to partner with City of Calgary staff to help clean up these active construction sites.”


    Almost 100 employees from Graham, The City, project subcontractors and consultant groups participated in this special Earth Day focus.
  • A record 116 Community Cleanups begin this weekend, run throughout summer 22 April 2016 Each year, from April to September, we team up with local community association volunteers to help you dispose of unwanted household items and property waste that may not fit in your black, green or blue carts -- FREE of charge.

    A record 116 Community Cleanups are scheduled this year, so grab some gloves and elbow grease and get ready to help beautify your home, yard, and neighbourhood.

    One million kg of waste collected 

    Last year, 112 Community Cleanups were held across the city.  You cleaned up 1.3 million kilograms (101 million kg in garbage and 222,000 kg in organics) of waste, saving many trips to the landfill.

    Each community association books and manages additional disposal and recycling services for electronics, metals, bicycles, car seats, tires, and paint. Check with your community association for details.

    Take part in your Community Cleanup

    This weekend, there will be events in Palliser, Edgemont, Forest Lawn and Millrise on Saturday, April 23, and in Abbeydale, Auburn Bay, Glendale and Triwood on Sunday, April 24.

    If you’re able to help out with a cleanup or if you would like to find out more details about your local event, please contact your community association.

    For more information on Community Cleanups, please visit calgary.ca/cleanup.

  • Lighter, brighter downtown underpass takes shape 21 April 2016 Walking through the 8 Street SW underpass is going to be cleaner, safer and more visually stimulating starting this May.

    Crews installing paving stones on east side walkway
    Pedestrian traffic is currently being directed to the west side of the 8 Street SW underpass while improvements to the east side walkway take place. But in a few short weeks, Calgarians will be treated to a whole new underpass experience as the east side opens up.

    The east side underpass enhancements include construction of new sidewalks, concrete surface repairs, LED lighting, public art, and repairs and maintenance of upper and lower retaining walls.

    “Safety and cleanliness are the most important elements in the use of places that people use, including downtown underpasses”, said Ben Barrington, Program Manager, Implementation Urban Strategy. “What’s happening on the 8 Street underpass addresses these concerns by not only doing necessary maintenance but adding an exciting visual experience from the new design and upcoming public art. It’s all about connecting people and places.”

    Construction on east side walkway nears completion
    Crews will repaint the bridges to make the area brighter, and will construct a public art installation between the two bridges. The bridges themselves will be cleaned, repainted and lit with new LED lighting.

    When the enhancements on the east side are completed in May and it is opened to the public, the pedestrian walkway on the west side will be closed until the improvements are finished. As well, one lane of southbound vehicle traffic will be closed for the work to proceed.

    All underpass improvements in this area are anticipated to be completed by early this fall.

    The 8 Street SW Underpass Enhancement project is part of a broader corridor improvement program being undertaken by The City, to improve the pedestrian environment and connections between the Beltline and downtown communities.
  • Green Line's South Hill station explained by Lead Planner, Breanne Harder 13 April 2016 I’ve worked for The City for just under four years, primarily within Planning & Development and Transportation Planning. Working on the South Hill Station Area Plan has allowed me to bring together my interests and education in transportation and the built environment, while providing a great opportunity to redevelop a large area within established Calgary; normally, this scale of redevelopment is reserved for suburban areas.

    About South Hill
    South Hill is located south of Glenmore Trail at Shepard Road SE. Today, the area is predominately undeveloped with two mobile home parks and some industrial buildings, however, a Green Line LRT station and a major transit hub are planned for the area. These significant changes have led to the development of the South Hill Station Area Plan, which will guide development in South Hill.

    The policy plan will put the tools in place to transform South Hill to an urban village with opportunities to live, work, and play in the area. Services and amenities will be located along a pedestrian-oriented high street that will include an urban plaza and park space.
    The urban plaza and park space will be flexible throughout the seasons.

    As part of the development of this policy, I recently invited stakeholders and landowners to a drawing and dialogue workshop where we discussed ideas for South Hill while illustrators developed images and diagrams based on conversations surrounding typologies in South Hill. The illustrations that resulted from our discussions are now being used to inform the land use and vision for the area.

    Larger retail stores can be located on the second level,
    allowing for smaller units that provide more interest at street level.
    What are typologies? Typologies are commonly found forms in cities. Examples of typologies include residential, commercial, industrial and office. While cities throughout the world have these typologies, the specific elements of each typology vary widely based on context.

    Including a session focused on typologies during the policy development process allowed us to work with the public and focus on the best possible outcomes for South Hill, given its context.

     Lead Planner of the
    South Hill Area Station Plan,
    Breanne Harder
    As a planner, it provides me with an added link between the vision and developing policies that will help achieve that vision. Stakeholders invited to the session bring their expertise and landowners in the area provide additional community knowledge. Together, the concepts developed will be used to produce a relevant policy plan that provides support for decision-making throughout the planning and development process.

    What am I most excited to see once this project is complete? One day, taking the CTrain to South Hill station and spending time on the high street, seeing how the policies I developed shaped the area into an urban village in south Calgary.
  • Help make Spring Clean-Up a sweeping success 12 April 2016 The City’s annual Spring Clean-up program kicked off on April 3, with some big changes to the program this year.

    Until June 1, crews will be out sweeping up dirt and debris leftover from winter on over 15,000 lane kilometres of road across Calgary. When crews sweep up gravel and debris, it keeps it out of the air and our storm drain systems. Clean streets are also safer for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

    During pre-sweeping in March, crews were able to complete a significant amount of sweeping due to warm and dry weather conditions. Sweeping has continued successfully throughout April as well.

    Residents looking for more information about the program can visit Calgary.ca/sweep to read the answers to some frequently asked questions. Here are a few we’ve heard so far:

    How can I find out when crews will be sweeping my street?

    This year, crews are sweeping 7 days/week, an increase from the previous schedule of 4 days/week. To find out when sweepers will be on your street, watch for the large green community sweeping signs posted in your area and look up your address at Calgary.ca/sweep.

    What are the new parking restrictions in place this year?

    All communities are now under parking restrictions when streets are being swept. When the large green community signs (pictured) are placed around your community, a parking ban is in effect for the entire community. Any vehicles left on the road at this time are at risk of receiving a ticket, but will not be towed. For this reason, crews will have to sweep around these vehicles, reducing the effectiveness of the sweeping program.

    Why didn’t the vehicles left on my street receive a ticket or tow?

    If the small “No Parking” signs are placed every few metres along your street, vehicles will be ticketed and towed. In areas where the green community signs are placed, but the small “No Parking’ signs are not, towing will not occur.

    Although the Calgary Parking Authority is enforcing tickets when community signs are out, not every neighbourhood can be attended to. Crews typically sweep in five different areas of Calgary every day for two months, so not every vehicle can be ticketed and/or towed over this period of time.

    What do I do if street cleaning falls on garbage collection day?

    If you have front street collection, place your blue and black carts on the sidewalk or grass boulevard next to the curb. Once street cleaning is complete, you can put your carts out as normal on collection day.

    For more Spring Clean-up news and updates, follow @yyctransport on Twitter.