New pathway system connects four acre park to downtown Calgary

Oct 7 2016, 11:13 pm

Outdoor lovers pay attention – Calgary is in for an addition to its green spaces.

A new pathway system is set to open in Calgary this October, connecting a 4.28-acre environmental reserve beside Calgary’s newest neighbourhood, Symons Gate, to a wet pond to the west and Nose Hill Creek to the east.

“Symons Gate is our 61st community in Calgary. We’ve been building in this great city for the last 58 years and are proud to be a part of making what many Calgarians call ‘the best places to call home’,” says Trent Edwards, the Chief Operating Officer of Brookfield Residential. “Everyone wants a place where they feel at home and that they belong.”

Here are a few things you should know about this new trail system and attached community.

Green commuting options

Perfect for the environmentally cautious Calgarian, the trail system connects residents with nature pathways leading to the downtown core, allowing for fast, easy, and green commuting options.

Calgary already has nearly 800 kilometres of multi-use pathways that connect the rivers, creeks, canals and provincial parks. The network of trails began development in the late 1960s, letting residents travel throughout the city while enjoying the natural beauty of the area.

Connections to wildlife

Residents can now enjoy the reserve’s many walking and hiking trails, as well as off-leash areas for their four-legged friends. This is because the new addition will link to an environmental reserve and wet pond area near the Symons Gate community. It will also link to a central park in Symons Gate itself that has children’s playgrounds and picnic areas.

Nose Hill Park is the second largest urban park in Canada, but despite being in the middle of a city, the environmental grasslands are an excellent place to escape.

The park is home to wildlife such as deer, hawks, gophers, coyotes, and porcupines. The city recommends that all pet owners be aware that these spaces, even designated off-leash areas, are shared with wildlife – so keep a close watch during off-leash play.

A well-cared for trail system and community

The Symons Gate Home Owners’ Association will oversee maintenance of the public areas, snow removal, and seasonal lighting. The newly installed green spaces will be maintained by the community developers, Brookfield Residential, until ownership is turned over to the City and the Homeowners Association for long-term maintenance

Although newly developed and still growing, the Symons Gate neighbourhood in northwest Calgary has been building buzz since it first opened to residents in early 2015.

Many of the homes in the 78-acre region, which range from townhouses and duplexes to 4-bedroom single family homes, overlook Nose Hill Park’s vistas and valley.

The recent addition of new outdoor space is just one of many reasons why this award-winning New Community of the Year has become so popular with young professionals and their growing families.

A neighbourhood is more than a collection of houses – it’s a community. The expansion of Calgary’s network of pathways helps unite communities, increase accessibility to the downtown core, and create outdoor spaces for all to enjoy.