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Eau Claire Public Realm Plan

The revitalization of Eau Claire will create a lively and vibrant gathering space for people to dine, shop, wander, reflect and to explore. The City is investing in this area to create a landmark area where Calgarians can proudly participate in a desirable, active, and lively cultural destination. We are working on improving flood resilience, green spaces, transportation systems and other infrastructure.

West Eau Claire Park

The first step in redeveloping this area is the West Eau Claire Park project along the south side of the Bow River. This project includes design elements that will build flood resiliency, enhance our pathway system, and create new gathering spaces.

Flood mitigation measures include raised pedestrian and bicycle pathways, elevated terraces and high backed benching placed in strategic areas. Pedes​trian and bike pathways will be separated to increase safety for pathway users. Construction is expected to be complete mid-2018.

Construction Impacts

During phase two there will be significant detours for cyclists through the area, please see the map below.


Please obey all signage in the area for the safety of both pedestrians and cyclists.

There will continue to be noise from construction equipment and green area closures while we redevelop this space.


 

Tree Impacts

While we make every effort to avoid impacts to trees, approximately 41 trees will need to be removed for the West Eau Claire Park project to accommodate flood improvements that will protect downtown Calgary and pathway improvements in the area. Because these trees are found in manicured areas (not natural areas), we have developed a tree compensation plan that will replant two trees for every tree lost in order to replace lost tree canopy. For more information on trees in the city, please visit our tree information page.

Tree removals will begin the week of June 12, and the replacement trees will be planted in the closest suitable location to replace the impacted trees.

Because there are some large mature trees being removed, we can use some of the impacted trees for fish compensation projects The City is working on. Some of the impacted trees will be used to help create fish habitat lost during the 2013 flood recovery work. Visit calgary.ca/fishcompensation for more information on that project.

Project Timeline​

Construction of phase one will be complete in early September and phase two will begin shortly thereafter. We anticipate the project to be complete by mid-2018.

​Date ​Purpose ​Outcomes
​August 13, 2014 ​Walking tour results​
​August 20, 2014 ​Stakeholder meeting (internal) ​internal
​August 20, 201​4 ​Stakeholder meeting​ (external) external
​​​August – October, 2014 ​Online survey, mapping tool and sounding board ​​​​results
​October 1, 2014 ​​Stakeholder meeting (internal) ​internal
​​October 1, 2014 ​Stakeholder meeting (external) ​​external
​​​October 28, 2014 ​Public Open house – review of concept plans developed and all feedback to date ​results panels
​​December 10, 2014 ​​Public Open house – review of draft design plans panels​

The City considered all input received during the 2014 engagement to make informed decisions, and balance opposing views when creating the final design for the area. The draft plan was presented back to citizens to ensure it was consistent with what we heard through our engagement process.

View the final report​

For more information about this project, please contact 311.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​