33/34 Avenues S.W. (Marda Loop) Streetscape Master Plan

The 33 Avenue S.W. and 34 Avenue S.W. Main Streets underwent the "design" step of the Main Streets program in 2018 and 2019. The City has developed a streetscape master plan for Marda Loop's Main Streets based on citizen and stakeholder feedback, technical analysis, and financial considerations. The concept of a Main Street reflects the integration between public space, business, and people. The plan supports the needs identified by the community and provides a vision that guides the detailed design and construction phases. The vision encompasses numerous considerations, including:

  • design for pedestrian safety
  • enhanced interaction between different mobility modes
  • creation of placemaking opportunities
  • provision of trees and site furnishings for comfort
  • design to support local businesses
  • connection to park spaces and amenities
  • transit and laneway access improvements

Currently, the project team is developing detailed design drawings for this Main Streets project. Part of this process also includes utility investigation and capacity modelling, alignment with other capital projects in the area, and future development activity. We expect this phase of the project to be complete by spring 2021. Later on in this phase, we will be able to confirm a high-level scope and timelines for construction.

The Main Streets team is committed to keeping your community informed and up to date as this project progresses towards construction and beyond. We’ll be communicating with residents, property owners and businesses over the coming months to provide more detail about next steps and future construction plans.

Project Area

Streetscape Master Plan - Conceptual 3D Model

*This model is an artist rendering of the Streetscape Master Plan and is not an exact representation.

32 Avenue S.W. BRT Plaza

The design for this project includes ramps and sidewalks connecting the BRT station with 32 Avenue S.W. and 33 Avenue S.W., and sidewalk improvements for pedestrians. This design was developed based on community feedback during the streetscape master plan engagement period.

The BRT Plaza is anticipated to be complete and open to the public in February 2021. Access to the BRT Plaza from 32 Avenue S.W. remains closed during construction. Access to the BRT Plaza from 33 Avenue S.W. and Crowchild Trail remains open.

For more information about the Southwest BRT and stations, please visit the project homepage.


The Main Streets Program is one of the ways that the City of Calgary is working to make our city “a great place to make a living, and a great place to make a life.” Our program shares The City’s common purpose of “making life better every day” by implementing a comprehensive process to transform our main streets into places where people want to live, work and play.


Main Streets are places where citizens come together. They allow us to travel less and live more by providing the things we need right in our own communities.

Core Principles

Main Streets are resilient, adaptable, and attractive places that:

  • Celebrate the character of the community;
  • Encourage diversity of businesses, buildings and residents;
  • Create a vibrant destination, and;
  • Improve public health.

  • What is a Streetscape Master Plan?

    A Streetscape Master Plan is more than improved accessibility, safety and beautification. It is about place-making, creating vibrant places that put a priority on sociability, access and linkages, comfort and image, and uses and activity.


    Within the Main Streets Master Plan process we engage the public in three phases; Discover, Explore and Reveal to better understand community’s values for their street.

    In the Discover Phase we Listen & Learn; stakeholders and The City listen to and learn about public views, plans, concerns, and expectations.

    In the Explore phase, public feedback is obtained through consultation to review preliminary design ideas and options developed from input input discussed at the Discover phase. We ensure issues and concerns are understood and considered prior to design resolution of the Master Plan.

    The Reveal phase focuses on communicating the short and long term strategies that will be carried forward into detail design of the project. The information communicated will include: (a) the proposed design; (b) what is different from existing; (c) why it is different, and; (d) how engagement input influenced the design, and; if not, explaining how the input was considered and why it could not be incorporated into the design.

    How we use your input?

    Feedback gathered from public and stakeholder engagement is reviewed with City of Calgary policy and standards, site conditions, and technical design analysis then refined for the next stage of engagement.