Project Update

Phase One Engagement - What We Heard

The Phase One Engagement What We Heard report can be found here.

The Phase One Engagement Verbatim comments can be found here.

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

Sign-up here to let us know you'd like to join the meeting.

A video of the session presentation will be posted here following the event, if you aren't able to attend on Tuesday.

The link to the online meeting will be sent to registered participants 24 hours before the session. Participants can join from a computer or mobile device (smartphone, tablet) or dial-in using a telephone number provided with the link.

The session agenda includes:

  • Project Context - Why here? Why now?
  • Phase One Engage - What we did
  • Phase One Engagement - What we've heard
  • What happens next
  • Time for questions or discussion

Temporary Closure

Crescent Road between 1 Street N.W. and 4 Street N.W. has been temporarily closed to motor vehicles since June 2021 to address amplified community concerns around disruptive late-night activities and to provide people more space to move during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The City has remained committed to adjusting or removing this temporary road closure this fall. Staff have reviewed operational considerations and feedback about the temporary closure from public engagement, community emails and conversations with Community Associations.

Recommendations & Next steps

The adaptive lane along the south curb from 1 St to 7A St N.W. was installed in Fall 2020 and has provided an additional paved surface for walking and wheeling in winter. Staff are recommending the adaptive lane stay in place as the narrowing of the roadway provides traffic calming benefits.

Staff heard diverse feedback about the temporary closure in its current configuration. We expect to remove the temporary road closure until the longer-term strategy, identified in the Master Plan, is approved. We will be removing the closure on November 24, 2021.

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. is temporarily closed to motor vehicles between 1 St N.W. and 4 St N.W. The closure in its current state is not intended to be the 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 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 One Engagement

Share Your Thoughts

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

Our first phase of online engagement will run until September 13, 2021.

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

In the second phase of engagement, in early 2022, we will ask for your help in reviewing proposed designs.

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