On Active Neighbourhoods in Bridgeland and Acadia
Our last update saw a host of designers donating their time to Bridgeland for the 2015 Urban Design Invitational, where they developed four design schemes for the neighbourhood, rooted in resident feedback. (For more on resident feedback gathered in Bridgeland, check out quotes from residents, and analysis of other community engagement activities.) Designs included the Container Couplet, the General Plaza makeover, the Landscape LRT Bridge and the East Riverside Greenway, featured in the slideshow below. Presented at our Design Selection Kiosk in August at the Bridgeland Farmers’ Market, the winning design, as selected by the community, was clearly the most ambitious – the development of a landscaped, “green” LRT Bridge. Can we put this plan in motion? Stay tuned!
We are also delighted to have started work with the Acadia Community Association, as our second ANC community. We explored their neighbourhood by bike over the summer, have set up an interactive Community Map at the Acadia Recreation Centre, are surveying residents in the neighbourhood (they are *the* nicest people in Calgary – you’re welcome to take that as a challenge Calgary!), and spent a day chatting and performing a walk audit with residents. Additionally, students from NHTV University, Breda (Netherlands) are once again working with Safer Calgary to devote a semester’s worth of work to an Active Neighbourhoods community – this year, in Acadia. Expect to hear more about Acadia over the new year!
If you are interested in volunteering with future activities in Acadia or other Active Neighbourhood communities (two more on the horizon!), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.