George C. King bridge
A crucial link in the vision for East Village, the George C. King Bridge (formerly St. Patrick’s Bridge) is a key connector for Calgarians entering East Village and Calgary’s core from Bridgeland, Sunnyside and other neighbourhoods north of the Bow River. It now also bring visitors to the newly revitalized St. Patrick’s Island Park.
The George C. King Bridge was five years in the making – a little longer than planned, as the floods that ravaged Calgary in June 2013 tore away the bridge deck in the midst of construction and added a year to the schedule. Despite this setback, CMLC delivered this important new connector on budget. Together, the George C. King Bridge and our revitalization of St. Patrick’s Island Park represent CMLC’s investment of $45 million into infrastructure improvements for Calgary’s Rivers District.
Planning for the new bridge began in 2009, when CMLC launched a design competition that attracted 33 international concepts. We then engaged more than 2,000 Calgarians, whose collective input guided selection of the final design.
Dubbed “the skipping stone bridge,” the connector’s graceful design – reminiscent of a stone skipping across the Bow – is the brainchild of RFR, an architectural design firm based in Paris, France. Montreal’s ADF Group manufactured the bridge’s steel arches, each registering 16 to 20 metres in length and weighing 70,000 to 200,000 kilograms.
Amid much fanfare, the new pedestrian bridge opened to the public on October 20, 2014. Mayor Naheed Nenshi led a grand procession of students, community and civic leaders, and construction personnel across the new George C. King Bridge, and Elder Clarence Wolf Leg of the Blackfoot Nation performed a tobacco smudge blessing and prayer to purify and to bless Mother Earth.
Completed: Summer 2015