Formerly the site of Klippert gravel pit, the city has created a brand new green space for Calgarians to enjoy called the Dale Hodges Park.
Opened on Wednesday, June 26, the park features an expansive natural space that lies along the northern bank of the Bow River.
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The park has walking and cycling trails, along with lookout locations across the scenic river valley, but more importantly, stormwater wetlands and wildlife habitats for a diverse ecosystem.
The park was named after Calgary’s longest-serving member of council who “took an active role in protecting and creating Calgary’s green spaces while in office,” a release from the city states.
“Dale Hodges Park is a one-of-a-kind, beautiful stormwater treatment facility designed in collaboration with local artists, Sans façon,” said Katie Black, general manager of community services with the City of Calgary.
“The design highlights the natural and man-made processes involved in stormwater management. This specific project brings citizens along on a journey: the stormwater originates from rain or melting snow from eight north-west Calgary neighbourhoods, and travels to Dale Hodges Park where it is filtered and treated, prior to entering The Bow River.”
The release notes that the park is one of a kind in North America in the way that it is designed to handle and filter the stormwater.
“The park’s proximity to the river presented a rare and unique opportunity to protect the Bow River,” said Rene Letourneau, senior project engineer, in the release, “as it is estimated that the annual sediment loads to the Bow River from this area will be reduced by 50%.”
Dale Hodges Park can be visited just west of Market Mall along the Bow River.