Hello folks from the Tuxedo Park and Mount Pleasant Community Associations,
Thank you for meeting with us last week for the Neighbourhood Streets North Hill update and for your input on the 90% drawings. As promised, here is more information about the Balmoral Circus Park Improvements.
As part of the Established Areas Growth and Change Strategy, which invests in established communities that are seeing redevelopment and growth, Balmoral Circus was identified as a strategic location for public realm and mobility improvements. Over the past several months, the project team has been working to develop a final design informed by all of the feedback we’ve received, and the conversations generated by the two concepts shared during the last engagement opportunity.
We’re excited to be able to share the final design with you and let you know about the refreshed project website. Here you will find more information about the design, how it was informed by engagement and feedback, and will be a go-to source for information on construction this year.
Building on the history of the space, the design of the new Balmoral Circus strengthens the space’s geometry through the provision of a circular tree-lined promenade that clearly defines the edges of the public park. Two pathways cross the circle, allowing easy access and passage for people walking and wheeling. On the west side, a soft landscape of turf and shrubs creates a space for quiet relaxation, while on the east side, a hard surface with moveable furniture provides a venue for those first wobbly bike rides and epic street hockey matchups. Cul-de-sacs at the ends of 19 Avenue NW allow for vehicles to turn around safely, and angle parking on 2 Street NW provides spaces for visitors.
Construction is anticipated to start in Spring 2022 and more information will be available prior to construction on possible impacts to residents.
Please feel free to share with others in the community who may be interested in this park enhancement. Community members and residents are encouraged to submit questions through calling 311 or with theonline 311 tool, to ensure feedback is captured and tracked correctly.
Please don’t hesitate to contact the project team if you have any questions or comments, or if you’d like to set up a meeting to discuss this further.
Desmond Bliek RPP MCIP
Senior Growth Management Planner | Calgary Growth Strategies