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City Restoring Bowness Park!
Once they're done (in 3 years from now), it'll be like the 1920s again in Bowness Park! Including a mini-train, new concession and cafe, and wading pool.
The city is restoring the park to some of its original sparkle... check out the full details here.
- Located in the historic community of Bowness in the city’s northwest, Bowness Park consists of 30 hectares along the Bow River.
- The park is approximately 100 years old and is an excellent example of an historic pleasure ground. Built before the First World War by John Hextall, a local land developer, the park was originally used as a weekend retreat for nearby Calgarians.
- Bowness Park was gifted to The City of Calgary as part of John Hextall’s development of the community of Bowness in 1911.
- New park entrance bridge
- New central pedestrian area with sitting areas, fire pits and access to lagoon
- New building for concession and cafe
- Relocation of Parks depot from existing Bowness entrance to Baker Park
- Reconfiguration of road system and centralized parking to improve traffic flow
- Transformation of existing roadways into pedestrian-centred pathways and trails to encourage a pedestrian and cycling-friendly park experience
- New pathway connected to Calgary’s 700 km of existing regional pathways
- Creation of formal trail along river edge
- Riverbank restoration
- Construction of new parking lot adjacent to west end of Baker Park to encourage use of existing boat launch
- Tree removal and planting to encourage healthy, sustainable cottonwood forest
- New wading pool
- New water control structures at the lagoon to increase water management efficiencies
- Recreation of orthophonic device for musical enjoyment
- Restoration of the mini-train
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