Rivers District vision becoming more clear
After more than three months of asking Calgarians their thoughts about t he redevelopment of East Victoria Park, part of the Rivers District, the vision is closer to a final design.
The Calgary Municipal Land Corp. (CMLC) hosted 36 events attended by more than 7,000 Calgarians, plus collected more than 4,000 online surveys and found the most common comments were:
n Improving connections into and out of the district and (re)establishing connections to surrounding areas.
n Improving accessibility to the Elbow River, which defines the district’s eastern boundary.
n Creating lively and welcoming streets with a host of programming opportunities to create a year-round destination.
n Attracting diverse dining and retail options and creating places to gather.
n Designing, with best safety practices, diverse housing options and densities for residents at all ages and stages of life.
“We embarked on this engagement program to ensure the ambitions of our vision for the community align with the values, needs and expectations of Calgarians,” says Michael Brown, CMLC’s president and CEO. “Given the district’s history, its city-wide draw and its incredible potential, we’ve made sure the opportunities for public input are plentiful, meaningful and far-reaching. We want to understand how citizens imagine the district taking shape.”
The input will inform an important part of the Rivers District Master Plan and the Beltline ARP.
“The Rivers District Master Plan begins with the premise of connectivity,” says Brown. “To unlock and maximize the district’s development potential, the first crucial steps are the strategic infrastructure improvements that connect neighbourhoods and nurture stronger communities. Increasing connectivity makes it far easier for private and public investment to say yes to being part of the vision.”