Following its official reopening on July 31, 2015, St. Patrick’s Island today was the site of a Grand Opening Ceremony to celebrate the park’s completion. Following several years of intensive construction and restoration by Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) – the organization responsible for
St. Patrick's Island
A fully restored 31-acre natural sanctuary on an island in the Bow
All-but-forgotten treasure re-emerges as award-winning, amenity-rich and bio-diverse park space.
A wildly versatile placemaking space in East Village
In 2015, CMLC completed a wholesale restoration of St. Patrick’s Island—a key component of our Rivers District placemaking strategy. We created walking and biking trails, a plaza and amphitheatre, play areas, an elevated rise and restored river channels. The park now hosts more than 75 annual events and programs—festivals, guided nature walks, family picnics and so much more.
A major master-planned public amenity
In 2010, we began work on a master plan for the 31-acre urban park—a vision brought to life by W Architecture (New York) and Civitas (Denver).
Elevating our programming commitments
The Rise—a grassy knoll, nine metres high—is a perfect setting for community celebrations, performances, movies in the park… and sledding!
A prominent piece from our public art program
Near the island’s western entrance stands Bloom—a 23-metre permanent art installation that provides a focal point and soft ambient lighting.
A study in environmental sustainability
Designed to provide inner-city habitat that nurtures biodiversity, the island is home to more than 450 species of plants and animals.
Media & Recognition
International Architecture Award 2017
Sustainable Development 2016
Design Award, Honourable Mention 2016
Broke ground January 2013 – Completed July 2015
- W ArchitectureDesign Consultant
- Civitas StudioDesign Consultant
- ArcadisDesign Consultant
- Marmot ConstructionGeneral Contractor
- Matrix SolutionsEnvironmental Engineer
- RJCStructural Engineer
Marking the end of a $20-million park space improvement program whose planning began in 2010, CMLC is inviting Calgarians to rediscover St. Patrick’s Island when the park reopens to the public on July 31, 2015 at 11:00 AM.
On Tuesday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 15, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) is inviting Calgarians to gather along St. Patrick’s Bridge deck to watch a new permanent art installation – Bloom – take shape on the newly redeveloped St. Patrick’s Island. Commissioned through CMLC’s Art in the
Ever since Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) unveiled the master plan for East Village in 2009, citizens have watched in awe as Calgary's newest, oldest, coolest, warmest neighbourhood has taken shape.
New pedestrian connector opens today after five years of planning and construction
St. Patrick’s Island is tired, worn out and not attractive to many; but starting this spring the Bow River island will get a big facelift to the delight of park enthusiasts and nature buffs throughout the city.
The new St. Patrick’s Island Bridge is scheduled to be opened, as planned, by year end.
After leading an exhaustive two-year public engagement process, the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) announced today the selection of New York-based W Architecture and Denver-based CIVITAS as the landscape development team that will realize the master plan vision for St. Patrick’s Island.
CMLC’s redevelopment of St. Patrick’s Island was a key component of our place-making strategy for the Rivers District. Creating infrastructure and developing programs to bring public spaces to life are central to our redevelopment efforts. In 2010, we embarked on a master planning process to shape the future of St. Patrick’s Island and two years later we announced the selection of New York-based W Architecture and Denver-based Civitas as the team to realize that vision.
This report details the Growing the Vision engagement strategy and the implementation as part of the project’s larger stakeholder and public engagement process for the redevelopment of St. Patrick's Island.