. Barb Scott Park

Barb Scott Park

New plantings mark the finishing touches of the park

 

Barb Scott Park

Artist's rendering of Barb Scott Park concept

Artist's Rendering of the Barb Scott Park concept

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Barb Scott Park

 

The Calgary Board of Education park was recently renamed Barb Scott Park in honour of the late Barb Scott, who was a Calgary City Councillor from 1971 to 1995. The eastern side of the property is now home to the new Calgary Board of Education building, which was designed around the old Calgary Collegiate Institute Building. The park land on the West features a new piece of interactive public art - the Chinook Arc. The park has ample seating and a diagonal oval pathway which was designed based on the pedestrian movements of people crossing the park.

The historic sandstone building to the east is now part of the new headquarters for the Calgary Board of Education. CBE has moved into their new headquarters and the historic structure has been rehabilitated.

Beltline Communities took the initiative and held a community charrette – an exercise to envision what the park should look like – in 2007. The Beltline Parks & Public Places charrette involved eighteen interested residents who assessed community needs and preferences for the new park. They also developed an initial concept plan.

Ideas stemming from the exercise include pathways along "desire lines", a clear preference for a mix of active and passive uses, a double row of trees lining the 9th street side of the park, and preservation of sightlines to the historic Calgary Collegiate Institute building. The charrette also calls for installing a significant piece of public art on the 12th avenue frontage.

Commenting on the planning process for the park, Beltline Communities president Rob Taylor said, "If a new urban park is to truly succeed, Beltline residents should lead the way."

The original design concept for the park can be seen here and the background for the park can be seen here

 

 

Calgary Collegiate Institute Heritage

Built in 1907, this sandstone school has gone through many changes thoughout it's lifetime. Since the school was first closed due to lack of enrollment, it has had a variety of tennants (most of which were educational) and has gone through many name changes as well.

It is now part of the new Calgary Board of Education building complex. The new CBE building has been built on the North and East sides of the old school, and incorporates the old building into the design. Also, the park which has always been an open grass field, has now been redesigned as well.  

Statistics

area        m2 = 6126

area hectares = .6126