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MAKING ROOM FOR THE RIVER

STRATEGIES FOR EAST BOWMONT PARK

THINKING AT THE WATERSHED SCALE

ROOM FOR THE RIVER
Far more immediate are strategies that
combine watershed-scale approaches
with city-scale work. Alberta's preferred
approach is adopted from a revolutionary
concept pioneered and tested over
decades in the Netherlands: making room
for the river. Giving rivers the room they
need is the most logical design decision
for long-term protection from future
flood events. (See Dirk Sijmons story,
page 29.)
Creating room for the river is about
finding space for the river to do its thing,
crest its banks when it needs to, and
follow something of a natural course
through the floodplain. In urban built-up
areas, there are obvious challenges to
finding room. In Calgary, many of the
first settled and historic places are within
the 1:100-year flood event inundation
area. This includes many of the areas
hit hardest in 2013 - the communities
of Bowness, Sunnyside, Inglewood and
Mission, as well as much of the downtown.
But how do you find room for the river
when the river runs through areas
significant to the city's history, culture
and infrastructure?
You combine this thinking with an
additional strategy: barrier protection.
This defence is a last resort. It aims to
control the river and control nature -
a way of thinking we inherently know
is flawed. And as the city areas that
these barriers are meant to protect
are those established longest ago, the
space available is limited - presenting
a significant design challenge.
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PROVIDING LOCAL PROTECTION

MAKING ROOM FOR THE RIVER

Giving rivers the room they need is the
most logical design decision for long-term
protection from future flood events.

Nonetheless, this strategy can have
enormous benefit for a fraction of the
cost of watershed-level projects, and is
far more immediate.
Two Calgary projects illustrate the
complexity of balancing natural
systems with the city's cultural values.
Both are multifunctional open spaces
that contain important infrastructure;
they are also parks.
EAST BOWMONT PARK: AN
OPPORTUNITY FOR REDEMPTION
In Calgary, it is openly acknowledged
that the city's oldest communities
should not have been built on the
floodplain. The same is true of many
other riverside cities. However,
there's no going back. Our love for
heritage and nostalgia makes razing
these communities challenging, not
to mention the extraordinary cost
of buyouts. Nor does the floodplain
contain large areas of open space.

Very few areas are undeveloped. Yet
some post-industrial areas do still exist,
generally located along the rivers.
As these sites become available for
redevelopment they offer opportunities
for redemption, to find more room
for the river and create ecological
infrastructure that will help build a more
resilient city.
In northwest Calgary on the banks of
the Bow River, a gravel quarry which had
been operational for 60 years came back
our way. The City opted to make the site
a part of the existing Bowmont Park.
The City's Park group wanted to restore
the area, named East Bowmont Park
(Dale Hodges Park), to natural parkland.
The Water Resources group also had
plans: they wanted a stormwater
quality retrofit project, as part of their
mandate to reduce sediment entering
the rivers. The new park addition would
have to blend these two goals to create
a living, breathing infrastructure that
is both a park and a stormwater filter,
while also contributing to broader
flood-mitigation strategies.

2, 3, 4 THE BOWMONT STORMWATER JOURNEY, BOARDWALK AND LANDSCAPES THAT
EXPRESS THE EXPERIENCE OF THE WATER'S PASSAGE THROUGH THE PARK.
PHOTOS 3, 4 COURTESY O2 PLANNING + DESIGN



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2018

To Begin With
Our Writers
Upfront
Essay
THE TRIAD OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
CHANGZHI WETLAND PARK
AFTER THE DESIGNERS LEAVE THE ROOM
YOU CAN ONLY DESIGN A RIVER ONCE
CONVERSATION
A “PUF” OF INSPIRATION: TOWARD NET ZERO NEIGHBOURHOODS
THE TOUGH GET GOING ON THE WAY TO TRANSFORMATION
THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION: A STORY ONLY THE LANDSCAPE CAN TELL
INTERVIEW
CRITIQUE
PARTING SHOT | UNE DERNIÈRE SALVE
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - THE TRIAD OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - CHANGZHI WETLAND PARK
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - AFTER THE DESIGNERS LEAVE THE ROOM
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - YOU CAN ONLY DESIGN A RIVER ONCE
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - CONVERSATION
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - A “PUF” OF INSPIRATION: TOWARD NET ZERO NEIGHBOURHOODS
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - THE TOUGH GET GOING ON THE WAY TO TRANSFORMATION
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION: A STORY ONLY THE LANDSCAPE CAN TELL
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - INTERVIEW
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - CRITIQUE
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