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VIDEO: St. Patrick’s Island Now Fully Re-opened!

  • August 2, 2015
  • By Cody Battershill

St. Patrick’s Island Now Fully Re-opened for Public Use!

Good news, Calgary… after many years of intricate planning and a construction set-back from the 2013 floods, St. Patrick’s Island has now fully re-opened to the public about nine months after the opening of the bridge.

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The 31 acre island park destination is definitely one of the developmental highlights from the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation’s (CMLC) current projects so far this year in East Village.


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With a total price tag of $20 million, the CMLC has transformed the all-but-forgotten island on the Bow River into a family-oriented and beautifully landscaped urban park area that has a little bit of something for everyone. That includes:

  • Confluence Plaza – gathering place with a small amphitheatre, seating area, sun deck and shade all around. The amphitheatre will be host to various cultural activities and events throughout the summer.
  • Pathways – The island has a handful of pathways that meander through forested areas great for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking, biking and walking.
  • The Cove – makes river access easy, perfect for rafting and / or fishing.
  • The Lowland Channel – a seasonal wetland centrally located on the island, featuring an elevated walkway preventing damage to the environment and also the site of the Gallery Forest, a tree habitat for nesting birds such as owls, eagles and other birds.
  • The Picnic Grove – easily accessible meeting place for all to enjoy.
  • The Playmound – a children’s playground area.
  • The Rise – a nine metre high grassy area, a great spot for cultural activities, events and hanging out on the island.
  • The Seasonal Breach – a restored water channel on the Bow River where visitors can leisurely walk out onto the gravel bar from the embankment.
  • The Tip – a seating area / vantage point on the westernmost side of the island with spectacular views of downtown and the Bow River. The tip is highlighted by a unique 23-metre piece of public art called “Bloom” that will provide soft ambient lighting past dusk and into the evening.

Calgary Municipal Land Corporation is hosting a grand re-opening event for St. Patrick’s island sometime in September of 2015. We will do our best to keep you updated on when exactly that is!

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