Plans are moving ahead to turn an under-utilized Bridgeland space — tucked beneath the 4th Avenue flyover into downtown — into a vibrant urban park.

An interim colourful birdhouse display was recently installed to inject new life into the area, near Memorial Drive and Edmonton Trail Northeast.

But on Friday, Parks Foundation Calgary and the Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association announced an award-winning park design would be moving ahead for that spot.

“This project has been a labour of love for us, and now a forgotten, urban space will be a destination place that people will seek out and enjoy for decades to come,” said Ali McMillan, community association spokeswoman.

Parks Foundation Calgary and the Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association announced that the award-winning Flyover Park design will be moving forward for development in the community of Bridgeland.

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Parks Foundation Calgary and the Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association announced that the award-winning Flyover Park design will be moving forward for development in the community of Bridgeland.

The park will include a play area for children, tiered seating for events, natural landscapes, an outdoor classroom, play logs, swings and dedicated food truck stalls.

“This will be such a unique park, leveraging a place made of concrete and transforming it into a unique, urban park that can be enjoyed by all Calgarians,” said Parks Foundation CEO Sheila Taylor.

Langevin School students were involved in re-thinking what the space under the flyover could look like.

The initial concept for reworking the area started with a collaboration between Grade 6 students from the neighbouring Langevin School and University of Calgary landscape architecture students. The City of Calgary then worked with the community to test ideas, providing $1 million in funding that was also matched the province.

“We are excited to support this youth-inspired project, which will be a source of pride for the community,” said Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism.

Added Ward 9 Coun. Gian-Carlo Carra, “From the start, Flyover Park has been a vision championed by many.”

Left to right, on Friday at the park space: Gian-Carlo Carra, Ward 9 Councillor and deputy mayor; Joe Ceci, Minister of Finance and MLA, Calgary-Fort; Sheila Taylor, CEO of Parks Foundation Calgary; Ali McMillan, planning director of the Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association; Brian Beck, president of the Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association.

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Source:: Calgaryherald.com

      

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