What’s Happening in Your Neighbourhood?

Douglas Fir Trail

Douglas Fir Trail is currently closed to the public but plans to reopen in the Fall of 2017.  This plan is dependent on volunteers and weather. 

You can help bring this trail back to its former glory.  City of Calgary is looking for help removing branches, grooming water channels to encourage positive drainage, carpentry, planting and, of course, removing garbage.  If you would like to help out Email parks@calgary.ca with “Douglas Fir Trail Volunteer” in the subject with your contact information (email) in the body.  For additional information, please have a look through the Douglas Fir Trail Volunteer Scope of Work Summary update.

Douglas Fir Trail, a 2.5 km long trail running from Edworthy Park to Cedar Crescent S.W. is currently closed to the public due to safety concerns resulting from structurally compromised bridges which are being removed. The lookout remains open and is accessible off Wildwood Drive S.W.

Douglas Fir Trail lies between Lawrey Gardens and Edworthy Park on the south bank of the Bow River.  It consists of wood walkways and stairs and a look-out point known as “dead man’s drop”.  According to the City of Calgary website http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Locations/SW-parks/Douglas-Fir-Trail.aspx Douglas Fir Trail is also known as “the drunken forest” due to the leaning of several trees. Some of the trees in the Douglas Fir Trail are up to 500 years old.  Plan to visit the trail when it reopens.

Northern Flicker

Bring your binoculars or cameras so that you can see, and digitally capture, Red and White-winged Crossbills, Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets as well as woodpeckers.

Douglas Fir Trail Detour Map

Road Resurfacing

On July 8, 2017 you will have noticed resurfacing, or milling, of Spruce Drive from Worcester Drive to 8th Avenue S.W.  According to the City of Calgary website Paving, there will be temporary lane closures during weekends, and off-peak hours.  Plan ahead.  Even pedestrians may need to travel a bit out of their way before they can cross the street.

According to a City of Calgary online informational brochure entitled Your Street is Scheduled for Road Work, milling (removing the old pavement surface) takes place one to two weeks before the next step which is to adjust manholes.  The application of oil (to make the new pavement stick) occurs 24-48 hours prior to paving.  Applying the new asphalt may take one to two days.

Quarry Road Trail

Trail improvements are scheduled to commence July 10th, 2017 and continue for approximately 1.5 to 2 months during which time the trail will remain closed and a detour in effect.  The City of Calgary detour map can be accessed by clicking Quarry Trail Detour Map.

Quarry Road Trail connects Edworthy Park and Douglas Fir Trails. According to the City of Calgary website, Quarry Road Trail was previously used as a haul road to transport sandstone to the Canadian Pacific Railway Tracks during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Quarry Road Trail is considered the last major regional trail/pathway connection in Calgary with a soft gravel-like surface.

The City of Calgary held public consultations with regard to upgrades to Quarry Road Trail. Construction improvement to Quarry Road Trail is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2017.

Stay up-to-date Quarry Road Trail

Atco Gas Line Install (Strathcona to Downtown)

Wondering what all the digging is about in your neighbourhood?  Atco Gas is installing a line from Downtown to Strathcona.  The project runs from September 2016 to August 2017 (weather permitting).  Check out the details here Atco Gas Line Installation







Westbrook LRT Station

Calgary CTV News posted a story on October 24, 2016 advising that the city has sold the former Ernest Manning School site to Matco Development Corp. According to the news story Matco has indicated it will build a transit-oriented development with office, residential, restaurants and community amenities. The story goes on to indicate the development is part of a larger Westbrook Village project that has been proposed for the area between Bow Trail, 17th Avenue, 33rd and 37th Streets S.W. See the story at http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/city-sells-vacant-lot-near-westbrook-mall-to-developer-1.3129212

Information on the Westbrook Village Area Redevelopment Plan can be viewed at Westbrook Village Area Redevelopment Plan