Only 7 kilometres left in Greenway network Pathway construction to wrap up by year’s end
Calgary We’re really excited to be at the finish line of this project.
Calgary’s Rotary/Mattamy Greenway has less than seven kilometres to go until it can claim to be the longest urban pathway and park system in the world.
The Parks Foundation of Calgary’s signature $50-million project links 55 communities, or roughly 400,000 people, to a pedestrian pathway network that encircles the city and has taken more than a decade to complete.
“We’re really excited to be at the finish line of this project,” said Parks Foundation Calgary Executive Director Sheila Taylor.
Construction is expected to begin on the remaining 6.7 kilometres of pathway that will join the northeast and northwest quadrants of the city together in a matter of weeks.
The Greenway features offleash dog parks, family fitness parks, wetland interpretive areas, playgrounds and even a self-serve bike-repair station — in addition to 138 kilometres of walking and cycling paths.
The Park Foundation’s board of governors initially called the idea the Calgary Greenway when planning began in 2008, according to Taylor.
She said the first phase of the massive project began in October 2009 and connected McKnight Boulevard NE to 16th Avenue NE. That 13-kilometre stretch was officially opened in July 2011, but an important feature, the Arc Resources Interpretive Wetlands in Monterey Park, opened a year earlier.
Taylor said the second phase, which took two years and connected southeast communities, started in May 2013.
The final phase of the network began in September 2015 and connected the remaining sections of pathway from Deerfoot Trail in the northeast to Fish Creek Park in the Southwest.
“It all joins together in a network that’s over 1,000 kilometres of pathway,” Taylor told Metro. “It encircles the city, but also brings us together.”
Two other popular features, the Jim Davidson Bark and Play Off-Leash Park in Auburn Bay and Progress Energy Memorial Garden in Signal Hill, opened in September 2016.
In June, plans were announced for a park in memory of CalgaryGreenway MLA Manmeet Singh Bhullar, who died in 2015. That space in Taradale is expected to be completed in 2018.
A tournament-grade, 18-hole disc golf course is also being constructed in Royal Vista and should be open by October.
Rob “Frisbee Rob” McLeod, a disc-golf ambassador and motivational speaker, said the new infrastructure is highly anticipated.
“It’s huge,” McLeod told Metro. “Typically a course is designed in an existing park, and that’s what’s different about this course.
“Instead of looking at what’s there, it was like, ‘Here’s the land we have, what can we do with it?”
A couple naps alongside the Bow Rover near Angel’s Cafe on the Rotary-Mattamy Greenway in Calgary.