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Design 1 - Student Description

  • Sculpted park-street interface to slow traffic and create safer streets for crossing pedestrians.
  • Outdoor classroom space for facilitating outdoor learning opportunities.
  • Log forest play structures encourage nature play.
  • Amphitheater doubles as a skating rink in winter.
  • High points highlighted with boulder installations to create site view points.
  • Dry creek infiltrates road runoff, terminating in a bioretention pond to handle intense precipitation events and flooding.
  • All design elements are multifunctional, increasing overall park accessibility and encouraging greater use throughout different seasons and for different user groups.
  • Overall design mimics natural water systems, highlighting the importance of connecting us to our watersheds.

Design 2 - Student Description

  • Recreational climbing wall for active teenagers and young adults.
  • Under-bridge swings bring out the child in everyone.
  • Underpass lighting with efficient LED tubes fitted with motion sensors to bring color and light into the space while conserving energy.
  • Bright colored spaces create a fun, welcoming atmosphere.
  • Gateway elements welcome pedestrians into the space.
  • Design focuses on flexible site use, with something for all ages and levels of mobility.

Design 3 - Student Description

  • Nodal, circular seating area allows for passive park enjoyment while retaining connection to the surrounding activity.
  • Bio-retention swale and infiltration pond handles stormwater runoff.
  • Amphitheatre with comfortable wooden seating benches encourages social interaction and creates a space for performing artists.
  • Play features beneath overpass encourage active play with large hillside slides and a climbing feature.
  • Community garden allows for local food production and brings residents to the space during the warm seasons. This area can also be used as a small market space and communal gathering area.
  • Bird houses and “rabbit holes” are a visual interest, reflect sense of nature, and encourage play.
  • Roadway converted to permeable paving to limit traffic by allowing emergency vehicles only. This helps to establish a pedestrian-friendly space.

Design 4 - Student Description

  • Converts roadway into a wide, boardwalk-like walking pathway to an improved pedestrian experience.
  • Infiltration rain garden captures and infiltrates road runoff.
  • Mirrored art installation on underside of flyover bridge reflects sunlight and expands the sense of space.
  • Siliva cells support & enhance tree growth by preventing soil compaction and allowing for runoff infiltration, resulting in larger and healthier trees.
  • Curb cuts allow road runoff to flow into infiltration gardens.

Design 5 - Student Description

  • “Sunny Hill” – South facing, sunny slope redirects light to the nature play area beneath the overpass using sun-capturing sculptures.
  • Winter skating rink doubles as a stormwater runoff catch basin and infiltration pond during the summer.
  • Human-powered “light machines” provide lighting while encouraging active play.
  • Filtration terraces bring water down from the flyover bridge.
  • Woonerf living street design softens the pedestrian-street interface and calms traffic.

Design 6 - Student Description

  • Green infrastructure combines nature play with functionality.
  • Natural features encourage children to interact with nature in a simple, organic way.
  • Climbing wall is a play structure and a noise & dust barrier from traffic on memorial drive.
  • Oversized river pebbles provide seating and line a painted “roadside river” that calms traffic, while connecting people to the Bow River pathway system. This helps establish a sense of place for this riverside community.
  • Urban orchards provide accessible food for the community.
  • Slide down the hillside to the willow maze and immerse in active nature play!

These concept designs were created by University of Calgary students working with students from Langevin School and input from the public.