INPUT IS NOW CLOSED FOR PHASE ONE

Charrette webinars (Phase Two: Create) are available to view through the links on the side bar

To provide your input please see questions below

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The City of Calgary, in partnership with the University of Calgary, is in the early stages of creating a Concept Plan for the City-owned Foothills Athletic Park and university-owned McMahon Stadium lands. The Concept Plan will provide a roadmap for the future development of the site that reflects the needs of its users and the community.

The Concept Plan project will focus on creating a vision for the lands that recognizes the tremendous opportunity of a potential new fieldhouse, improvements to McMahon stadium, and the growing trend toward entertainment focused mixed-use districts anchored by sports facilities. A mixed-use district is described as pedestrian-friendly area with a mix of residential, commercial, cultural, or institutional uses.

This vision will be achieved through a design process supported by several technical studies along with public and stakeholder group engagement. The mission of the project is to create a vision and plan that integrates into and enhances surrounding areas, meets Calgarians’ recreation goals, and explores the significant economic development opportunity of this site.

The plan area is located immediately south of the University of Calgary, and is bounded by Crowchild trail to the east, University Drive to the west, and 16th Avenue SW to the south (see Map of Plan Area tab). The site is ideally located at major cross-roads, along the Red Line LRT, and between the University of Calgary and McMahon Stadium. It is an enduring home of recreational and competitive sport and is used by the entire city.

While the Foothills Athletic Park and McMahon Stadium Lands are still heavily used, most of the buildings and facilities either need to be refurbished or demolished due to their age and condition. In 2010, The City of Calgary created a Master Plan for the Foothills Athletic Park, however a plan for the entire site, including the university-owned McMahon Stadium lands, has never been developed. This lack of planning alignment has resulted in an inefficient layout and an inability to recognize and respond to future opportunities.

To learn more about the Foothills Athletic Park Redevelopment Plan project, please visit the project page.

To provide your input please see questions below.


ENGAGEMENT OVERVIEW

Please note: All public engagement activities are being hosted online due to restrictions related to public gatherings caused by COVID-19. Those that do not have access to the internet, may inquire about the availability of hard copy materials by calling 311.


With an identified need for improved infrastructure, the site is primed for change. Calgarians now have opportunity to rethink what Foothills Athletic Park and McMahon Lands could be, and to plan for the future.

The redevelopment vision will be created based on input from public and stakeholder groups.

The engagement process will take place over three phases and will start (Phase One) and end (Phase Three) with participation from the public. In between, a design exercise called a charette (April 12-23, 2021) will take place with targeted stakeholder groups. The approach is further described below:

Phase One: Explore

In this phase, public engagement is focused on identifying how the site is used today, and opportunities to enhance it through the Concept Plan process. Findings will inform Phase Two.

Phase Two: Create

This phase is centered on the virtual charrette process. A charrette involves multiple engagement sessions with a broad range of stakeholder groups to provide input into creative design solutions for the project. To learn more about the charrette, please see a description in the section below.

Phase Three: Share

Following the charrette, a near final design concept will be shared publicly. Public engagement is focused on collecting feedback on the design concept.


What is a charrette?

A charrette involves multiple engagement sessions with various stakeholder groups to provide input into creative design solutions for the project established by the Core Design team. The core team presents preliminary design concepts to the greater group, and ultimately to the public for ongoing feedback to steer design.

The work falls into two streams:

  • The first involves a design studio where the Core Design Team will work collaboratively to generate design concepts and illustrate ideas as they are continually refined.
  • The second stream includes a series of focused topic sessions. Findings from these sessions are communicated to the core team and inform the design process.

Over the two-week charrette, presentations from the Core Design Team and focused topic sessions will be facilitated through Zoom Webinars. Members of the public are invited to watch these sessions to listen to subject matter experts, learn more about the site and watch the concept design generation and refinement, and may also submit charette-related questions/comments online.

At the end of the charrette, a near final concept will be shared publicly, followed by an engagement summary report, outlining what was heard and how input influenced the final design.

A schedule for the charrette is as follows:

How can I participate?

  1. Phase One: Complete the pre-charette engagement questions (see below)
  2. Phase Two: Watch the charette sessions (in real time and recorded)
  3. Phase Three: Provide feedback on the DRAFT final plan

To access each of the charette public sessions in Phase Two, links are now live on the right side under Charrette Webinar Registration.


MAP OF PLAN AREA


PROVIDE YOUR INPUT

We want to hear from you to help us understand how the site is used and intersects with the surrounding area.

NEXT STEPS

Your input will be reviewed by the project team to inform the Phase Two charrette engagement. A What We Heard report will be posted on this site when completed. To stay informed please sign up for project updates.


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We want you to feel included in engagement. This means that we want you to feel respected; we want you to know your opinion is valued; and, we want you to be supported to participate in The City’s engagement process. We do not want you to experience any difficulties to sharing your ideas and opinions with us. We try to design engagement activities so that everyone that wants to be involved, can be.

We use your answers to the following evaluation and demographic questions to understand which voices from the community are missing so we can be better at including them next time. We work with internal and external colleagues to help ensure that our engagement activities are welcoming to all.