Community Park Update – We Need Your Help!

Jun 20th, 2018 | By | Category: SBHCA News

Dear Springbank Hill (SBH) Community Member,

As you are aware, the Springbank Hill Community Association has been working on the development of a natural park in our community for over 10 years.  The proposed park sits on 6.29 acres of land for the sole purpose of establishing a central place for community activities and engagement. The SBHCA, after years of consultation and reflection, has put forth a compelling vision to create a natural community park accessible to of all of our community members. The park is located on 26th Ave between 69 and 77 street.

The SBHCA has raised a significant portion of the funds for this park through fundraising activities and successful grant applications, however we need completion dollars to bring our vision to life. Working with Councillor Jeff Davison, we’ve put forth an application through the Mayor’s Innovation Fund asking the City Council to approve a grant allowing the SBHCA to complete the park later this year.  Our application goes to City Council on June 25th, 2018 at 9:30 AM.  We’re really excited about the opportunity to go before City Council and present our vision for this park.

How can you help?

There are two ways that you can help the SBHCA and Councillor Davison to achieve a favorable outcome at City Council.

  1. Attend the City Council meeting on June 25th, 2018 at 9:30 AM if your schedule permits, and/or
  2. Send an email to Councillor Davison at caward6@calgary.ca outlining your support for the SBHCA Community Park

About the Park

The Springbank Hill community park space concept embraces an array of unique and notable natural attributes, each aspect working together to weave a full sensory experience. The smell of leaves, the sound of crunching underfoot, the rustle of grasses amongst gently swaying tree limbs, the call of birds and deer passing through – the forest is a magical place full of experiences most parks only attempt to fabricate. It is the goal of this concept above all to both preserve and foster that indispensable environment. As children we ran in the forest, rode our bikes, role played, fell out of trees, broke ice, took risks and developed a life-long connection to the environment and natural spaces. The Springbank Hill community park aims to provide this same vital opportunity for youth and adults alike for generations to come.

The proposed design offers both static and dynamic opportunities to its varied user groups, most directly reflective of neighbourhood families, school groups and recreational visitors. A variety of park elements have been explored, each drawn from past community feedback and curation of features that elegantly fit within the natural atmosphere. Its form takes advantage of the natural topography and vast tree cover to foster an engaging space year-round, rife with interpretive opportunities for social gathering, interpretive education, creative play and free movement within and beyond. The design of the park is centre around “nested spaces” that are discovered through exploration and adventure.

The preliminary concept drawings are attached in pdf format for your information.  If you have any questions, please send the us an email at info@springbankhill.org.

SBHCA Community Park – Preliminary Concept Drawings

Sincerely,

Elio Cozzi
President, Springbank Hill Community Association

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