What a year it’s been! Hit by a global pandemic while the provincial economy was still reeling from low oil prices meant 2020 didn’t quite play out as anyone had imagined. But, despite the challenges of COVID-19, CMLC made significant progress on all the work we had lined up for the year. We saw ma
A place to park at and a park to play at
CMLC partnered with CPA to reconsider how parking and park spaces contribute to active community spaces.
Transforming an ordinary parking lot into a dynamic public space
In 2020, CMLC worked with Public City Architecture and Calgary Parking Authority to transform Lot 43 at 9th Avenue and 11th Street SE into a multipurpose destination rich in visual intrigue.
The lot now includes a colourful ground mural, a unique perimeter scaffolding structure and whimsical, larger-than-life ‘icons’ with practical utility—hand warmers, phone chargers, a picnic table and a community library among them.
A two-year placemaking pilot project
Retaining 25 of its 30 original stalls, PARK PARK shows how an urban parking lot can sustain revenue while providing vibrant social space.
A compelling public realm value proposition
This project addresses the challenge that non-revenue generating public spaces can present for municipal planners and private developers.
A low-cost response to the COVID pandemic
Constructed at a low cost with little loss to revenue, PARK PARK proves the value of creative urban placemaking in our post-pandemic world.
Architect selected through rigorous competition
From 13 firms that responded to our October 2019 RFP, CMLC selected Winnipeg-based Public City Architecture to imagine and design PARK PARK.
Media & Recognition
Opened September 2020
- Calgary Parking Authority
- Public City Architecture
On September 1, Calgary’s coolest parking lot opened in Inglewood. The result of process that CMLC led, in partnership with Calgary Parking Authority (CPA), the project has reimagined ‘Lot 43’ at 9th Avenue and 11th Street SE into something entirely new.
What if the lowly parking lot was more than just a patch of asphalt? “What more could it be?” is the very challenge we (together with Calgary Parking Authority) are extending in our latest design competition—a project to reimagine an ordinary parking lot through some distinctly outside-the-box thinking.