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Vision


Rivers District
Master Plan

creating a vision for downtown calgary’s east end

Online survey     Investment     Project team

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Vision


Rivers District
Master Plan

creating a vision for downtown calgary’s east end

Online survey     Investment     Project team

 

// RIVERS DISTRICT MASTER PLAN

About RIVERS DISTRICT MASTER PLAN 

With approval of our 2017–2019 Business Plan and corresponding with the second 10-year term of CRL collection and investment, CMLC is now taking the placemaking approach that worked in East Village to the neighbouring community of East Victoria Park.

This is a major opportunity for a major vision. To help realize that potential, CMLC is committing CRL funds to East Victoria Park improvement beginning with the development of The Rivers District Master Plan for the community and east-end district.

Artist’s conceptual illustration of a rejuvenated 4th Street South of 11th Avenue SE

With Calgary Municipal Land Corporation’s redevelopment of East Village the east end of downtown Calgary is ripe to far surpass its former glory and emerge as a cultural and entertainment district unlike any other.

In East Victoria Park, we have the opportunity to infuse new energy and new life into the district. In CMLC, we have a team that can deliver on a vision. And in the Rivers District CRL, we have a mechanism to lay its groundwork.

All that’s needed, we believe, is an imaginative, practical, forward-thinking Master Plan. And that’s exactly what we’re creating.

A VISION FOR ALL

In late 2015, CMLC assembled a group of stakeholders including the City of Calgary, Calgary Stampede, Remington Development Corporation, Victoria Park BIA and others to collaborate on a plan that identified the key infrastructure and community initiatives required to successfully rejuvenate East Victoria Park. The team studied 29 pre-existing plans, concepts and visions as well as Area Redevelopment Plans (ARPs) and bylaw guidelines, focusing on commonalities and grand ideas.

The Master Plan for East Victoria Park will honour and integrate previous and future plans and projects, including Calgary Stampede’s envisioned expansion, the City’s quest for a viable site for a new arena facility, the Green Line extension of Calgary’s LRT and, of course, the East Village master plan.

Ultimately, CMLC imagines East Victoria Park as a vibrant, high-density, mixed-use community that draws on the beauty of its natural surroundings, the strength of its cultural heritage and the spirit of entertainment that resides in its DNA. Integrating the existing urban fabric (including several heritage buildings, the Stampede grounds and the Elbow River) and reshaping East Victoria Park as an active, walkable, accessible community with enhanced connections to adjacent neighbourhoods are among our most important goals.

For decades, this part of downtown Calgary stood as the city’s entertainment epicentre. Rather than reinventing it as something it simply isn’t, we want to embrace East Victoria Park’s past and dramatically enlarge its future by imagining – and then creating – a revitalized cultural and entertainment district on downtown’s east end.

//TIMELINE


Phase 1

Project Scope and Background
March 2017

Confirm with CMLC, the City of Calgary, Calgary Stampede and other stakeholders the ‘community must-haves’ to be included in the Master Plan vision. Review existing planning documents to identify planning principles, assumptions, opportunities and constraints.


Phase 2

Site Analysis & Plan Options
April 2017

Present the planning guiding principles. Design concept discussion. Understand perspectives on contextual massing rules.


Phase 3

Draft Land Use Plan
May 2017

Refine one preferred plan option based on stakeholder and public consultation.


Phase 4

Draft Master Plan
June 2017

Present the vision to stakeholders including the City of Calgary.

Survey


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Survey


THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN

We invite you to share your ideas and your ideals for East Victoria Park. How do you imagine enjoying this area? What experiences, new or improved, are possible here? What will help the community flourish over the decades to come? Tell us your vision for East Victoria Park’s future! Please fill out our short community engagement survey

*THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS, CMLC AND THE MASTER PLANNING TEAM WILL HOLD STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOPS AND ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS TO GARNER INPUT AND IDEAS AND TEST OUT THEORIES AND NOTIONS.

Investment


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Investment


 

INVESTING CRL IN EAST VICTORIA PARK INFRASTRUCTURE

To support and enable the ideas and visions of our neighbours and stakeholders – Calgary Stampede, the City of Calgary, and the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation among them – CMLC’s 2017–2019 Business Plan centres on our commitment to investment in a number of strategic infrastructure improvements in the East Victoria Park community.

The improvements we intend to tackle include (among others):

  • Extension of 17th Avenue SE into Stampede Park, providing a pedestrian and vehicular link to increase connectivity and create an attractive right of way for new retail and commercial development
  • Extension of RiverWalk, our much-celebrated riverside promenade
  • Planning, design and a development strategy for the ‘Stampede Trail’ retail and public realm program along 4th Street SE
  • Associated streetscape interfaces for the new Green Line LRT line
  • Extensions of Cycle Tracks program

 

The project team


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The project team


 

THE PROJECT TEAM

In October 2016, CMLC issued an invitational RFP to select a Design Collaborative and Master Planning Team to assist in delivering a cohesive, holistic vision for an urban district on downtown Calgary’s east end. Following a rigorous selection process, we selected Mark Johnson of Civitas (Denver) and Stephen Mahler of Calgary’s Gibbs Gage Architects.

 
 
 
 

Read more about Civitas

It brings knowledge and expertise from numerous strategic planning, development and implementation processes across North America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Australia. Mark Johnson, who co-founded Civitas in 1984, has led the design of nearly $1 billion in built works and is broadly recognized as a thought leader in the regeneration of brownfield and industrial inner-city areas. Foremost among these is his leadership of planning and design for the rejuvenation of Denver’s Stapleton International Airport.

A prominent designer of public space, Mark was integral in reimagining and designing St. Patrick’s Island, which opened in 2015 after CMLC fully redeveloped and restored the 31-acre inner-city treasure. Mark’s recent work also includes the North Embarcadero, the centerpiece of downtown San Diego’s waterfront, and @One City Plaza in Greenville, SC, and he has ongoing public space projects in London (Ontario), Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, Denver, Raleigh, Tampa and Washington DC.

Recipient of many awards for design, planning and service in his history of pushing the envelope of practice for landscape architects, Mark is a frequent lecturer at universities, regular speaker for ULI Forums, faculty member at the International Academy of Design and Health (Stockholm), advisor to the Prague Institute for Planning and visiting critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design

 
 

Read more about Gibbs Gage

It has been providing architecture and urban design consulting services in Calgary and western Canada for 33 years. Their extensive experience includes master planning, site analysis, by-law interpretation, land-use planning and concept visualization.

In the east end of downtown Calgary, Gibbs Gage has undertaken projects in Beltline, Victoria Park, East Village, Ramsay and neighbouring industrial areas. And for 28 years, they’ve been providing architectural and planning service to Calgary Stampede. Their work also crosses a number of sectors – entertainment, sports and retail among them – and they bring national and international perspectives to local planning challenges.

Gibbs Gage partner Stephen Mahler has worked with Calgary Stampede since 1995, including the first expansion of BMO Centre (known then as the Roundup Centre), subsequent expansions to BMO Centre, redevelopment concepts for The Big Four, planning for the Agriculture Building renovations and the Agrium Western Event Centre, the Ramsay site development concept study and, most recently, the preliminary concept for the BMO Convention Centre expansion. He assisted Calgary Stampede in obtaining all Development Permit approvals for the BMO expansion projects, Agrium Western Event Centre and Agriculture Building.

Stephen is currently leading the Calgary Opera Centre project, which will be located in Stampede Park’s Youth Campus area.