Abbeydale values a sense of security while walking and playing, having clean and well-maintained public and private spaces, and having programs and spaces to keep youth healthy and active in the neighbourhood.
Residents outlined what was important to them, focusing on the themes of people, places, programs and possibilities. The City then worked with residents to identify projects that would support the vision and be possible in their neighbourhood, and then residents prioritized the projects.
Residents in Abbeydale will have lots of opportunities to play, be active and interact with one another through fitness programs, children’s programs at Abercove Park, programs for seniors, disc golf, and basketball courts. There will also be community beautification projects, a mural, and a community clean up.
The following is a summary of programs, services, and/or small-scale infrastructure improvements the City of Calgary will implement in partnership with residents of Abbeydale.
|Improvement Project||Project Details||Target Completion Date|
|Memorial Drive Green Space Activation and Beautification||Enhancing the green space at the end of Memorial Drive to activate and beautify public spaces within the neighbourhood.||Fall 2018|
|Community Events||Two community events to bring residents together to enjoy some of the great outdoor spaces in Abbeydale and Chateau Estates. Events will include recreational activities, entertainment, and other interactive activities.||Summer 2018|
|Seniors Programming||A series of seniors programs to develop skills and build connections with other seniors and the community.||Fall 2018|
|Programs at Abercove Park||An opportunity for children to participate in unstructured play and various programming opportunities in the green space near Abercove Way.||Fall 2018|
|Fitness Programming||Utilizing the green space at the end of Memorial Drive to host free fitness programs such Tai Chi and Yoga.||Fall 2018|
|Enhanced Community Clean-up||The Abbeydale Community Association offers a yearly community cleanup for residents. In partnership with The City of Calgary, enhancements would be made to the cleanup that may include increased services and/or an additional cleanup day.||Fall 2018|
|Basketball Courts at Abercove Parks||Installation of a basketball court at Abercove Park. This project is dependent on a feasibility study.||Summer 2019|
|Community Beautification/ Mural||Community beautification contributes to a vibrant neighbourhood making public spaces more enjoyable so citizens have a greater sense of community pride. Beautification could include a community mural.||Summer 2018|
|Activate stencils||Painted designs on pathway systems and school asphalt to encourage fun, playful activities for all ages. For example: hopscotch, circle maze, four square.||Summer 2018|
|Disc Golf||Installation of a disc golf course in the green space between the Community Association and Abbeydale Elementary.||Summer 2018|
|Paint the Pavement/Asphalt tiles at Abbeydale Elementary School||Adding visual interest to a street reminds motorists that they have entered a vibrant and active community and encourages them to drive with appropriate attention and care.||Fall 2018|
|Paint the Pavement/ Asphalt tiles St. Kateri Elementary School||Adding visual interest to a street reminds motorists that they have entered a vibrant and active community and encourages them to drive with appropriate attention and care.||Fall 2018|
INITIATIVES IN PROGRESS
Below is a list of projects that residents mentioned to us, some are currently underway and fit within your neighbourhood vision some are not possible for The City to do as part of this program and we want to tell you why.
Basketball amenities – The Abbeydale Community Association is currently working with The City to replace the basketball backboards and nets beside the Community Association facility. In addition, the play surface will also be updated.
Reflective sleeves at crosswalks. Crosswalk pedestrian poles will be wrapped with florescent material that will advise motorists that they are approaching pedestrian walkways.
We also heard the following were identified as priorities for your neighbourhood, however these are out of scope for This is my neighbourhood:
Splash Park/Pool –This is a high cost project and exceeds the timelines of This is my neighbourhood.
Tree planting along the Mattamy/Greenway Trail - The City of Calgary along with its partners are at the beginning stages of investigating opportunities to host a Conversation Cafe with many of the communities whose borders are along Stoney Trail and the Mattamy/Greenway Trail. Please stay tuned for more info on those engagement sessions.
Thank you to everyone who participated and shared ideas with us, the public engagement is now closed. The initiatives will begin implementation in 2018. A full summary report of everything we heard during the engagement can be found here. For What We Heard reports for each of the engagement phases see below.
The report of what we heard when Abbeydale residents prioritized initiatives created at the idea workshops to make their vision a reality is available in the here.
The report of what we heard during the Abbeydale idea workshops is available here.
The vision statement for Abbeydale is: Abbeydale values a sense of security while walking and playing, having clean and well-maintained public and private spaces, and having programs and spaces to keep youth healthy and active in the neighbourhood.
Thanks to everyone who provided input into the neighbourhood vision words. All the ideas you provided can be found in the What We Heard report.
After working with residents and City staff to come up with ideas for possible initiatives, we asked for your input on which of the following initiatives would have the most impact on achieving the neighbourhood vision. This engagement was open for input in March 2018.
Which vision statement do you like best?
This poll has concluded.
The City created This is my neighbourhood to work with residents to create a community visions that helps guide the delivery of City programs, services and small-scale infrastructure improvements.
This is my neighbourhood began in 2015 with a group of 14 inaugural communities. As part of the This is my neighbourhood program, The City partnered with the first group of neighbourhoods to deliver more than 100 programs, services and small-scale improvement projects that residents requested. Overall, This is my neighbourhood will take place in 28 neighbourhoods over four years from 2015 to 2018.
The initiatives will begin implementation in 2018.