IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

Woodlands/Woodbine values a safe, beautiful, family friendly neighbourhood where residents feel a sense of community.

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.

Pride in the community of Woodlands/Woodbine will be enhanced through new welcome signs in the area, maps with information about the neighbourhood placed on pathways, and community clean-up days. New sports and recreation programs being offered will help neighbours connect with each other, and build a stronger sense of community.

The following is a summary of programs, services and/or small-scale infrastructure improvements that The City of Calgary will implement in partnership with residents of Woodland/Woodbine.

Improvement Project Project Details Target Completion Date
Open Space Assessments The City will work with the community to develop a long-term plan for the future use of the neighbourhood’s existing green spaces. Fall 2018
Wayfinding Install maps, distance markers, and pedestrian travel times, directional signs, way finding, and highlight traffic changes on various sidewalks and pathways in various community locations. Fall 2018
Please note: Public Art projects are on hold until a corporate direction is confirmed.
Create visual interest at community entrances Possibilities may include seasonal decorations on trees or lamp posts, flower planters, or solar lighting in planters. Summer 2018
Calgary Housing BBQ Calgary Housing Company to host a community BBQ or special event to increase connections in the neighbourhood. Summer 2018
TLC Day (Woodlands/Woodbine So Fine) City staff and community volunteers would focus on a location adjacent to Calgary Housing to provide Tender Loving Care (TLC) to the area. This may include garbage clean up, painting, graffiti removal, minor infrastructure repairs, grounds- keeping. Summer 2018
Enhanced "Get Going" Sport Program Collaborate with Woodcreek Community Association to further enhance and grow the "Get Going" Sport program which is offered for youth in the community. Fall 2018
Improving Spider Park Install a playground at Spider Park on Woodpark Avenue and Woodpark Close. Fall 2018
This project is dependent on feasibility study and timelines.
Additional and Enhanced Community Clean-up Days This is an organized event designed to help save residents a trip to the landfill for items that do not fit their waste and recycling carts. Fall 2018
Community Play Day Event A free family event featuring a variety of fun and interactive activities. Summer 2018


There are also projects that are lead by residents.

Resident Led project Project Details Timeline
Walking program through Fish Creek Park A Parks naturalist would lead a nature and bird watching walk through Fish Creek Park. This program brings people together and provides an opportunity for neighbours to connect, enjoy nature, have fun and exercise. Ongoing

INITIATIVES IN PROGRESS

Below are a couple of projects that residents mentioned to us, some are currently underway and fit within your neighbourhood vision and some are not possible for The City to do as part of this program and we want to tell you why.

Traffic speed concerns - Calgary Police Services is providing education in the neighbourhood on the topic of traffic safety and speeding.

Transportation & Roads information - Community Association newsletters to update and educate residents on what Calgary Roads is doing and what they expect to see ie: LED street light replacement.

Crosswalk command signals - A signal was installed recently at Woodbine Blvd and Woodfield Way SW. For other crosswalk signals, there is review process that prioritizes locations city-wide using results of a "warrant" study and are not available through the This is my neighbourhood program. For more information see the Pedestrian Traffic Signal information page.


We also heard the following were identified as a priority for your neighbourhood, however these are out of scope for This is my neighbourhood:

Fixing the sidewalks - From mid-March to mid-October, The City repairs streets, curbs, gutters, lanes and sidewalks. Repairs are reviewed annually and prioritized city-wide according to safety issues and damage severity. More information can be found on the Sidewalk Repair information page.

Promotion of biking to Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) platforms - The completion of the BRT is not within the project timeline. More information on the pathways and bikeways expected in Woodlands/Woodbine with the construction of the BRT can be found here.

Extending pathways to connect community with Fish Creek Park - We heard that residents would like to see pathways in the community extended. This initiative is out of scope for this project. For current and future pathway (capital & operational) work please visit the Pathway and Bikeway Map.

This mapping system shows real time updates on capital and operational work on our pathways. The requested section of pathway within your community will be added to The City’s “Missing Link Wish-list”. This list determines the value of a potential pathways through the area for formalization, based on connectivity, potential frequency of use, value to the community and other factors. The request will be further evaluated if and when funding becomes available.

ENGAGEMENT RESULTS

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.

Prioritization

A report of what we heard when Woodlands/Woodbine residents prioritized initiatives created at the idea workshops to make their vision a reality is available here.

Idea workshops

The report of what we heard during the Woodlands/Woodbine workshops is available here.

Vision Poll

The vision statement for Woodlands/Woodbine is: Woodlands/Woodbine values a safe, beautiful, family friendly neighbourhood where residents feel a sense of community.

Vision Words

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.

PAST ENGAGEMENT

Input is now closed. Below are the questions we asked in November-December. The report of what we heard is available here.


Below you will see the 14 initiatives for Woodlands/Woodbine. Each initiative has one question (a) to help us understand what you feel the impact of each initiative would be on the community. Then there are questions (b, c) about the same initiative asking about the details that City staff need to know if that initiative goes forward.


1. Open Space Assessment (plan for green spaces)

An Open Space Assessment is how The City plans for the future of the open, green spaces in a community. The City will work with the community to develop a long-term plan for the future use of the neighbourhood’s existing green spaces.

Projected cost: $5,000-$10,000


2. Public Art

Public art contributes to the beautification of the neighbourhood. Residents enjoy their public spaces more and feel a greater sense of community pride and connection when they view the artwork they influenced.

Projected cost: $10,000-$15,000


3. BRT - Bus Café

The BRT is the Bus Rapid Transit route. This initiative would educate about routes, beautify potential stops, turn specific stops into meeting spaces and include picnic tables.

Projected cost: $1,000-$3,000


4. Walking program through Fish Creek park

A Parks naturalist would lead a nature and bird watching walk through Fish Creek Park. This free program brings people together and provides an opportunity for neighbours to connect, enjoy nature, have fun and exercise.


5. Wayfinding

Install maps or public art such as distance markers, pedestrian travel times to various community locations, directional signs, way finding, and highlight traffic changes on various sidewalks and pathways.

Projected cost: $5,000-$10,000


6. Create visual interest at community entrances

Adding visual interest at community entrances can build a pleasant entrance to the neighbourhod that can improve community pride. It also reminds motorists that they have entered a vibrant and active community and encourages them to drive with appropriate attention and care. Possibilities might include seasonal decorations on trees or lamp posts, flower planters, solar lighting in planters etc.

Projected cost: $1,000-$5,000


7. Calgary Housing BBQ

Calgary Housing Company to host a community BBQ or special events to bring people together and increase social connections in the neighbourhood and to provide educational information as needed.

Projected cost: $1,000

8. TLC Day (Woodlands/Woodbine So Fine)

City staff and community volunteers would focus on a location adjacent to Calgary Housing to provide Tender Loving Care (TLC) to the area. This could include garbage clean up, painting, graffiti removal, minor infrastructure repairs, grounds keeping and more. The clean-up and beautification of this space would enhance the area and increase community pride.

Projected cost: to be determined

9. Enhanced "Get Going" Sport Program

Collaborate with Woodcreek Community Association to further enhance and grow the “Get Going” Sport program which is offered for youth in the community.

Projected cost: $1,000-$4,000


10. Improving Spider Park

Install a playground at Woodpark Avenue & Woodpark Close (Spider Park).

Projected cost: Playground development can range from $20,000-$250,000


Please rank the three ideas by pulling each idea into the dotted line area on the left. Once you pull one idea into the ranking you must put all three in to complete the question. The item you put on top is the one you think is most important. If you do not want to answer this question, leave all the ideas in the list on the right as they are.

  1. New playground structure for ages 1-5 #
  2. New playground structure for ages 5-10 #
  3. New basketball courts #

11. Additional & Enhanced Community Clean-up Days

Enhanced community clean-up days provide an opportunity for residents to improve and beautify their personal residences and community spaces.

Projected cost: $4,000


11b) Tell us which clean up option you would use the most?

12. Decorated Community Notice / Communication Board

This free-standing board would allow residents to communicate and connect with each other. It increases connections with each other, as well as an investment in the community.

Projected cost: $3,000-$5,000

13. Community Play Day Event

This event provides people in the community with opportunities to connect, play, enjoy and deepen friendships while adding vibrancy to local neighbourhood life and increasing social resilience.

Projected cost: $3,000


13b) If this initiative were to go forward, what would be your top preferred option for play day events?

14) Swing bench at the top of Fish Creek park.

This idea came from residents for people of all ages to better appreciate the beauty of Fish Creek park. This swing would be similar to a garden swing. Dependent on feasibility study and timelines.

Projected cost: $7,000 - $8,000

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.

Vision Statement

From July 28 to August 8 we asked for your preference on the vision statements. See below for results.

Pick the vision statement you think is best for Woodlands/Woodbine.

This poll has concluded.

Woodlands and Woodbine values a safe, beautiful, family friendly neighbourhood where residents feel a sense of community.
49% (22 votes)
Woodlands and Woodbine values a safe, beautiful, family friendly, well maintained community.
20% (9 votes)
Woodlands and Woodbine is a beautiful, well maintained community where families feel safe and know their neighbours.
31% (14 votes)
Total Votes: 45

BACKGROUND

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.

NEXT STEPS

The initiatives will begin implementation in 2018.