Final Master Plan Complete

After two rounds of public engagement, several discussions with community members and stakeholders, two rounds of knowledge-sharing sessions with Indigenous Elders from the Blackfoot, Stoney Nakoda, and Tsuut’ina Nations, and several months of work by the City and consulting project team, we are excited to unveil the Crescent Road Master Plan (and Appendix A – Existing and Proposed Traffic Calming in Broader Community)

Update - December 1, 2022 – Appendix A of the Master Plan has been updated to address some typos and add labelling to make it easier to read.

  • Click below to watch a video presentation that walks through the plan and what happens next.
  • Please see the final Frequently Asked Questions update below.

Next Steps

Earlier in the summer, we communicated that the Master Plan would be brought to the Infrastructure and Planning Committee (IPC) in September. However, we received an updated direction, and the plan will no longer be on the Council agenda.

The Crescent Road Master Plan does not currently have funding for construction. When funded, the plan will be ready to go to detailed design and construction. Note that a funding ask associated with the Master Plan was included in the 2023-2026 Service Plans and Budgets.

Master Plan Summary Video

Project Background

Crescent Road N.W. is a special public space in our city. It provides access to natural areas, parks, paths and streets with dramatic views of the Bow River, downtown Calgary, and the mountains.

Over the years Crescent Road N.W. and adjacent parks have become popular spaces for recreating, gathering, and celebrating. The popularity of this area comes with several concerns raised by the community: late night disruptive activities, parking issues, vehicle stunting and speeding, heavy fitness use, increased garbage and littering.

The Crescent Road N.W. Master Plan will guide future investment by creating a cohesive vision for a safe, accessible street and public space for all users.

This project intends to:

  • Amplify this as a special place in Calgary while balancing different uses
  • Re-imagine Crescent Road N.W. between 1 St N.W and 6A St N.W. and adjacent parks spaces
  • Use a variety of interventions such as expanding park space and traffic calming
  • Identify opportunities for placemaking and economic development
  • Recommend a long-term design concept and identify short-term investments

In the summer of 2021, Crescent Road N.W. was temporarily closed to motor vehicles between 1 St N.W. and 4 St N.W. The closure was not intended to be a long-term solution.

Recognizing the importance of this space, we will be undertaking a two-phased engagement process that will provide opportunities to discuss how we balance the needs of different users in the long term.

Phase One – Confirm and Evaluate:

  • Confirm core challenges and opportunities
  • Evaluate potential interventions

Phase Two - Review Options

  • Review proposed concept(s) to help staff refine designs

The Master Plan will set the stage for future phases of detailed design. Creating a cohesive vision with cost-estimates will also help identify potential funding sources for implementation.

We’ve been hearing from community members about Crescent Road N.W. and adjacent amenities such as McHugh Bluff and pathway systems. With those conversations in mind, we want to check our assumptions and validate the challenges and opportunities Calgarians and visitors experience in this area.

To better understand core issues and opportunities, the project team has reviewed a variety of sources of existing input from the public including:

  • Engagement summaries from the North Hill Communities Local Area Plan,
  • 311s submitted in the last five years, and
  • Community submissions about the road and fitness facilities.

During the first phase of engagement we would like your help in confirming some of the core challenges and opportunities listed below, as well as evaluating potential improvements.

  • Disruptive behavior at night
  • High use of fitness and recreation activities
  • Poor lighting
  • Maintenance and waste collection
  • Parking
  • Damage to natural environment
  • Vehicle traffic going too fast
  • Sterile space for strolling
  • Iconic views of downtown and Bow River valley
  • Better accessibility for people of all ages and abilities
  • Reconciliation and historic interpretation
  • Seating, picnic tables, places to relax comfortably
  • Activating the spaces through commercial opportunities
  • Gateway to Crescent Heights
  • Connection to future Green Line and Centre St BIAs

To date, we have used temporary design changes (the summer street closure) and enforcement to address the core challenges. In the long term, thoughtfully adapting the design of the road and park spaces will better support different uses while minimizing the need for enforcement. This project is identified as an Implementation Option in the proposed North Hill Communities Local Area Plan aligning and realizing the vision of this plan

In addition to public feedback, the project team is reviewing data and traffic calming and public space best practices to inform a proposed design.

Based on early feedback during the temporary road closures, we have learned that community access is important for visitors and residents. We anticipate that a smaller scale (one to two block) closure could create new spaces for gathering, while other traffic calming tools can be integrated to support a slower and safer street.

Phase Two Engagement

What We Heard Update

Feedback collected during phase two engagement has been reviewed and summarized. Links to this information can be found below.

  • The What We Heard report for phase two can be found here.
  • The full listing of verbatim comments heard during phase two can be found here.
  • A short summary presentation that was shared with Community Associations can be found here.

Conversations with Blackfoot, Stoney Nakoda, and Tsuut’ina Elders have provided insight into the Indigenous history of this space and opportunities to commemorate that history as part of the Truth and Reconciliation process.

  • The report outlining What We Learned from these conversations can be found here.

While work on the final master plan document continues, a handful of questions arose during phase two engagement that we are able to address right now.

  • A summary of those questions and responses can be found here.

Engagement Surveys

This phase of engagement will ask you to browse through three draft designs for the Crescent Road N.W. Master Plan project area and give us feedback on the various concepts, ideas, or elements.

Let us know what would work or what may be challenging, and how aspects of the different designs could be combined into a final proposed option.

We’re collecting feedback in three ways

Engagement is open from April 6 - May 4, 2022. We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with your input. Recognizing that there is a lot of content to review, each section can be filled in independently. Staff will use feedback from all three surveys, as well as additional technical considerations and traffic analysis to refine a proposed design.

Engagement Workshops

Two virtual workshops and one on-site meeting are planned for early April. Sign up for one of those sessions below beginning April 1 at 8:00 AM.

  • On-Site Meeting - Saturday, April 9 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM.

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  • Virtual Workshop 1 - Monday, April 11 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

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  • Virtual Workshop 2 - Wednesday, April 13 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

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Detailed Resources

PDF files containing full-size maps and cross-sections for all of the design options, as well as current traffic calming and potential future considerations for Area D can be accessed below.

Phase One Engagement

Phase One Engagement - What We Heard

  • What We Heard report can be found here.
  • Verbatim comments can be found here.

An online MS Teams meeting was held on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 from 7:00-8:00 pm to share highlights from what was heard in phase one engagement and what happens next.

  • The presentation slides used from the Nov. 30 Report Back Session can be found here.
  • The video from the presentation can be found here.

  • Feedback related to ideas, concepts, or themes that may be missing from What We Heard report as well as suggestions or insights for the next phase of engagement are being collected below, until Friday, Dec. 3 at 4:30.

Phase One Engagement Report Back Session

Phase One Engagement - What we Asked

3 - Planning a space for all

The City of Calgary wants to create a special public place that feels welcoming and safe for people of all cultures, ages, genders, abilities and backgrounds. Select a category below to share your thoughts on what this means to you or what it might mean for other users of the space?

14 September, 2021

Anonymous says:

Maybe having nearby adjacent handicap parking? Was so neat to see adults and kids alike learning to ride a bike in the flat and open space

14 September, 2021

Anonymous says:

The extra walking space and adaptive lane help make this safe for all ages and abilities to enjoy the beauty of this area.

14 September, 2021

Anonymous says:

Do not allow large groups of young men to gather. Break up these groups who race and gather. Parks are not bars and back alleys.

14 September, 2021

Anonymous says:

The road closures over the past 18 months were supposedly brought in to help address COVID-not promote the aspirations of the local CLOSERS.

14 September, 2021

Anonymous says:

I would like safe spaces with vehicle access and parking. Crescent Heights park could use a facelift.

14 September, 2021

Anonymous says:

Closing the road to vehicles should prevent the "disruptive behaviour" many people talk about.

13 September, 2021

Anonymous says:

Use better policing along bluff road at night to prevent disruptive behaviors. Leave it as a residential road- no adaptive lane.

13 September, 2021

Anonymous says:

Seriously? A promenade? For chalk drawings & bean bag tossing on an access road for cars? Did we forget there’s already a park and pathways?

13 September, 2021

Anonymous says:

Planning a Space for Everyone - families, fitness folks, dogs and their people, elderly & disabled, graduates!, tourists. Share the space!!

13 September, 2021

Anonymous says:

Keeping the road open to non-residents and providing free parking on access streets is the best way to be inclusive and welcoming to all

13 September, 2021

Anonymous says:

A quiet, family-friendly area to enjoy nature and the beautiful view. This is not a place for partying or sitting in your car.

13 September, 2021

Anonymous says:

Do NOT close the road as it pushes traffic and noise onto neighbouring streets and reduces enjoyment and safety of these streets.

Next Steps

Phase Two Engagement will run until May 4, 2022.

In addition to public feedback, the project team continues to review traffic and incident data to inform the proposed design. The project team has also had the chance to meet with Indigenous elders to hear their perspective on the historical and ongoing significance of this area.

Following this phase of engagement, the project team will review the feedback and work to combine elements from the three options into a final draft design and recommended Master Plan for Crescent Road.

The recommendations in that plan will help set the stage for a more detailed design of the road and adjacent park space in coming years.