Construction for Calgary’s new Thomson Family Park is set to begin in Spring 2016, adding a substantial amount of green space to the Beltline area.
The park, located on 16th Avenue SW between 11th and 12th Streets, is being redeveloped thanks to the generosity of the Thomson family whose funds will supplement the park’s improvements.
Taking feedback and stakeholder comments into consideration to create the concept, along with a study conducted by a conservation architect, the project team found that the existing lawn bowling clubhouse held an important element to the park. Therefore, when designing the plans, the project team drew inspiration from the sport, creating curved paths throughout the park – similar to rolling a lawn bowling ball.
A water element has also been re-imagined to follow the arc of the pathway, on the basis of being easy to maintain and operate.
Concepts of the park reveal plans to relocate the park pavilion to the south centre portion of the site adjacent to 16th Avenue. The project team wants to develop interpretive features that reflect the original building’s footprint and create an opportunity to tell historic stories about the club.
A suggestion for one interpretive feature is an abacus art piece inspired by the notion of score keeping and bowl contact.
The next steps are to develop further details of the park, construction, and its opening in 2016.
Here are more renderings of the Thomson Family Park: