Riverwalk

 

Riverwalk Concept Map

 

 

Riverwalk Open House

 

 

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Riverwalk is part of the Rivers revitalization project and will include pathways stretching from Sien Lok Park in Chinatown to Lindsay Park at the edge of the Beltline, with amenities celebrating historical and cultural elements along the way.“The genesis of it really is that city council wanted to do something special. There’s an asphalt pathway, it’s five feet across and there’s a couple of benches and ashtrays along the way, but we really wanted to make a whole new attractive feature for Calgary where you not only have a journey, but you have a destination,” says Chris Ollenberger, President and CEO of CMLC.“So it’s really just an opportunity to encourage people to get out of their car and walk around and check out the neighbourhood.”Public consultations were conducted with the help of Stantec, a design and consulting firm. Fred Valentine a renowned local architecture who now works for Stantec is helping to guide the master plan for Riverwalk.“In a way, a lot of the generation of the plan has been informed by the history of the landscape and the current condition of the landscape and then, of course, the city plans, the community ARP’s and so on, that have a big impact,” he says.“The great difficulty in planning anything is to discover what the valid reasons for making any planning gesture are, and it’s a really delicate balance,” says Valentine. “You want to imbue ideas to the thing because you’ve seen something somewhere and you kind of like it, but it may not fit within the context of the people that live there or the long-range city plan or the actual environment that is there.”An earlier plan called for a large boat dock jetting out into the river adjacent to the site of Fort Calgary.“So I got quite boisterous at the last meeting,” he says with a laugh, pointing out that for him Fort Calgary is his urban park.Ollenberger admits there have been some challenges along the way, but is optimistic that those challenges have been met.“I think there’s some great opportunities, but there’s certainly been some good debate too,” he says, noting that not everything will happen right away.“A master plan needs to look way into the future, so some of the things that we might draw in a master plan, you might not see tomorrow or the next year, it might be 20 years from now,” he says.Valentine is also optimistic about the project after some issues with stakeholders were dealt with, and thinks the plan will move forward sooner rather than later.“The city wants action and I think that’s a very good thing because you can plan forever,” he says.